The Good Outcomes of Your Faith

By on January 30, 2018

By Jackelyn Viera Illoff–

God can overcome the smallest and greatest challenges in your life. He does that through your heart and God-given abilities. 

In 1 Samuel 16:7, the Lord spoke to Samuel about David when he was still a shepherd, saying, “Do not consider his appearance or his height. … The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (NIV). He was saying that He knows what’s inside a person and how to use that for His glory. God knew who David was, who he would become, and how he would serve the Lord. He used those things to make a shepherd a great man of God. David fought lions and bears before he faced his battle with Goliath. He fought them and developed his faith in God.

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What is faith? The Bible contains a clear definition in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (NRSV). Simply put, faith is trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove. 

So how much faith do we need? God does not require much of you—just that you believe in Him completely. Believe that you are His and that you are better with Him than apart from Him. The fundamental fact of existence is this trust in God, this faith, the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our assurance of what we can’t see in the natural world.

Some people are afraid of any kind of change. The fear of change causes them to get stuck. But change is inevitable. Things will change, so why not make it so it goes in your favor? Changing things requires faith that the new circumstances will bring good or better results than before. Here is where good decision making and using wisdom are essential.

What if you changed the way things were being done at work to benefit people who work at your organization or the people who buy goods or services from your company? What if you started eating better, creating tasty, nutritious meals for yourself and your family because you had the faith that God would help you be healthier? What if you started a blog and shared your ideas with others? You could perhaps save lives in ways you may never know.

Think about what you are called to do—what your faith will allow you to step out and change. Think about how using your faith to overcome fears of failure could create a new path for your life. Believe in your gifts and dreams. You are capable of greatness and can do extraordinary things. You have the promise to become an instrument of God. Don’t live your life in quiet desperation, forgetting you are an anointed child of God. Let your light shine! 

Have faith in God, and have faith in the good outcome He has prepared for you.

This article is an excerpt from Jackelyn Viera Illoff’s book What If You Could: Find Faith in the Face of Fear. Used by permission.

JACKELYN VIERA ILOFF is a senior advisor and an ordained minister at Joel Osteen Ministries/Lakewood Church. She oversees community outreach initiatives, public affairs, and community relations, and is a spokesperson for community and church-related issues. Jackelyn has served at the highest levels of the US government, economic development, community outreach, and international policy organizations. She is also a wife, a mother of two daughters, and is passionate about mentoring and inspiring young women to be their best.

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