Two Kinds of Faith
In my life, I’ve discovered two kinds of faith: a delivering faith and a sustaining faith. Delivering faith is when God instantly turns your situation around. When that happens, it’s great. But I believe it takes a greater faith and a deeper walk with God to have that sustaining faith. That’s when circumstances don’t change immediately, but you say, “God, I don’t care what comes against me, I don’t care how long it takes, and this thing is not going to defeat me. It’s not going to get me down. I know You’re on my side. And as long as You are for me, that’s all that matters.” Sustaining faith is what gets you through those dark nights of the soul when you don’t know where to go or what to do, and it seems that you can’t last another day…but because of your faith in God, you do.
When you have that kind of attitude, the adversary doesn’t have a chance with you. Besides, it’s not usually adversities that cause our problems; it’s how we respond to our adversities. You can have a little bitty problem and it can defeat you. On the other hand, I’ve seen people dealing with huge problems: tragic deaths in the family, incurable diseases, divorce, bankruptcy, and all sorts of other calamities; yet they are happy and at peace. They are living in an attitude of faith. They are believing for things to change. They are determined to live in victory!
When you face adversity, you need to remind yourself that whatever is trying to defeat you could very well be what God will use to promote you. What the enemy means for evil, God turned around and used it to His advantage. And in the midst of the struggle, God healed your sickness, God brought the victories or brought you out of the bad situations…Many people immediately respond negatively to adversities and trouble, rather than believing that God can bring good out of the situation. I’m not saying God sends the trouble, but I am saying God will use any adversity you face to take you to a higher level if you’ll just do your part and keep standing strong.