Stand in Faith

I know there are so many people who are praying, seeking, knocking, believing, and contending for something. For us, that is babies. For many, it might look like healing from a sickness, financial breakthrough, or a husband.

So how do you keep on believing and contending when it’s been years and you’re exhausted? How do you stay hopeful when you feel like God isn’t listening? What is the point of continuing to pray when it has been years and your prayers haven’t been answered?

I love this sermon by Craig Groeschel at Lifechurch, called Stand in Faith. I don’t want to be someone who stands in fear or gives up easily. I want to stand firm in my faith – even when the waves come crashing in and nothing in my natural circumstances seems to be changing, I’m going to keep believing.

In Daniel 10, Daniel was praying that the temple would be restored and that his friends in bondage would be released to go back to their homeland. It was during that time that He received a vision from God that spoke to him.

Here are 3 Things to Remember When Standing Firm in Faith:

1 – God Cares About You More Than You Do

A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.” Daniel 10:10

There is nothing you can do to make God love you more. He loves you because that is who he is. You are precious to him. He puts all value in you. He created you. He desires you. He cares more about you than you think. Just as He touched Daniel, He will touch you. Recognize His presence, listen to His voice, and feel His touch.

2 – God is Doing More Than You Understand

Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. Daniel 10:12-13

The first time you prayed God heard your prayer. God loves persistence. Just because you don’t see anything doesn’t mean God isn’t do anything. God is working behind the scenes on all the details. Keep praying until He answers you. He will respond to your prayers just as He did for Daniel.

3 – God’s Strength is Made Perfect in Your Weakness

For how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord? As for me, there remains just now no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me.” Then this one with human appearance touched me again and strengthened me. He said, “O man of high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace be with you; take courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”  Daniel 10:17-19

When you are so exhausted, that you feel like you have nothing left, that is when you are at your strongest. When you feel like you are at the end of the rope, tired of praying, waiting, and believing is when God’s strength will keep you going. His strength is made perfect in your weakness. Embrace your weakness and tap into His strength. He cares about all the details.

Whatever you are facing, remember God loves you. He is working out 10,000 details to answer your one prayer. When you understand your weakness, you will appreciate God’s strength. Stay strong in your faith.

Stand Strong in Your Faith

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  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 09:25h, 05 September Reply

    “When you are so exhausted, that you feel like you have nothing left, that is when you are at your strongest.” Jon and i were actually talking about that very thing this morning. it’s not when everything comes together that you’re strong, but when all you have to work with is hope, trust, & love <3

  • Renee @ The Refined Relic
    Posted at 10:03h, 05 September Reply

    I found your blog through the Faith and Fellowship blog hop. This was very much needed today and describes where I am currently at in my ministry/blog. I actually posted the scripture today “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11. Sometimes I grow weary and exhausted because I don’t always see how God is moving and I wonder am I making a difference. However, just because I may not see how God is moving doesn’t mean HE is not moving. In those times, that is when my faith in HIM begins to grow and he strengthens me. Thanks for sharing.

  • Charity
    Posted at 10:32h, 05 September Reply

    What great reminders. My favorite part was where you said God heads our prayers the first time. So often I was told we were beating a dead horse and didn’t have to keep praying for our child. I felt like if I didn’t pray I was giving up and it’s so good to know God loves our persistence. I’m persistently praying for you sweet friend!

  • Mia @ MakeMeUpMia
    Posted at 11:36h, 05 September Reply

    Well, I think you know where I stand on having FAITH, and on Pastor Craig 😉 Praying for you daily!

  • Elisha
    Posted at 13:21h, 05 September Reply

    Praying with you sugars for lots and lots of babies to fill your home! xo

  • Emily @ EatLoveProcreate
    Posted at 14:35h, 05 September Reply

    Love #2 that God is doing more than we can understand. So many times we don’t see how the puzzle pieces can fit together. All we see is that our prayer isn’t being answered. Then, when it finally is there’s that AHA! moment of WHY it happened in that timing. I really believe that sometimes there is work going on behind that scenes that we just don’t even know about.

  • Jojo
    Posted at 14:46h, 05 September Reply

    I think Emily pretty much summarized my thoughts.

  • Coalescedreverie
    Posted at 15:37h, 05 September Reply

    A beautiful reminder and so eloquently written. Thanks! God’s strength in our weakness is truly what raises us up.

  • Jessa
    Posted at 21:07h, 05 September Reply

    I love Craig Groeschel. We lived in OKC and went to his church. We miss him so much. Thank you for sharing to. I loved it, and learned so much.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 22:56h, 06 September Reply

    Thanks for passing on the sermon link. Will definitely check that one out.

  • Susannah
    Posted at 11:37h, 07 September Reply

    This reminds me so much of Ephesians six! We are certainly called to stand firm in our faith! Thanks for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop!

  • Jennifer T
    Posted at 20:55h, 07 September Reply

    It can be so hard when you are so weary from the trial. You always put it so beautifully though! Thank you for the reminder on how good God truly is! Praying that your baby is coming soon!

  • jenna @ dearest love
    Posted at 21:01h, 07 September Reply

    Beautiful reminders, Caroline! Beautiful.

  • Gen Delali
    Posted at 09:57h, 08 September Reply

    this speaks directly to me! last sunday’s sermon was on being firm in faith, not fear + i read 2 corinthians 12:9-10 just this morning! mh, God is up to something! thanks for sharing this wisdom.

  • Chantel
    Posted at 17:28h, 11 September Reply

    #2 really hits home right now. It would be so neat to see all the workings go on right now that are leading up to the future.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 19:49h, 20 September Reply

    This reminds me that I just learned recently that the verses “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 in the original language is actually a continual thing – you know, like keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. Neat eh?

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