Reading Hebrews 11, we find many examples of what faith is, by seeing what people like Abraham, Noah, and Enoch did with their lives. Many of them were asked to d ogreat things with their lives that required them to be way outside of their comfort zone. Incase you do not understand what a comfort zone is, it's a place in your life where you stay because your safe from harm, and you do not want to take any risks, because your afraid of change. People in this comfort zone are afraid of change, do not embrace it, and live their life in ignorance because they never study the word of God.
I am here to inform you about faith, but one point I would like to make is that mediocrity is not acceptable. In any area of your life. Period.
Onto faith. In examining the definition of faith, I found that it includes the word "trust" in the definition. Trust is something that today's world has issues with. Nobody trust anyone, even their own flesh and blood. So, you can understand why having faith in God, whom they can't see is a real issue.
When you have parents that abuse their position, don't believe in God, or you go to a church where religion is just a game of politics, and there is no love then you don't know any better. It's hard to trust a person who is traditionally presented as a stone cold stoic person. God is not cold, he's alive, and God is love. He loves you, and He has done so much for all of us. Need I mention what Jesus did? That example alone shows us how much God loves us. Yeah, he didn't strike us down when we had his son tacked to a cross.
So, what builds faith? Trials, times in your life which are difficult, they require you to come to God and ask for help. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He endured the greatest trials, so that we may be with Him one day.
Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
You know what this says to me? God is trying to build a relationship with you, one in which you trust Him and do not live in fear that you will somehow lose Him. His love is the one relationship that will last even after death. Everything on this Earth is merely temporary and putting faith and trust in someone here, will one day set you up for disappointment (not saying putting trust in someone is completely wrong). You can trust people here on Earth, but remember, they aren't perfect and are subject to the same trials you are. They will fail one day, but don't be hard on them.
Faith is trusting in God. Even when you have nothing left, God is good. In the end it's a matter of who do you trust more, yourself or God? When some trial happens, whom do you curse first? Do you blame God because something happened, or do you trust that He is God and will take care of you? It's all about what kind of relationship you want to have (NOT RELIGION), if you want to have one at all.
For me, these past five to six years, I have had to trust God even more than before. Especially when people in my life were passing away, things were changing, enduring major depression, thoughts of suicide, and I was pregnant with my first child. I needed a God who wouldn't abandon me through every trial I have had. Do you know that when I was in the hospital because of my depression, God was with me, I could see Him, standing there with me, encouraging me to make it out. He talked to me when I was at funerals for several people and helped me cope with their deaths. He showed me that my life was worth living, which is why I didn't commit suicide when I was thinking about it. He gave me this beautiful child, who is such a vessel of the Lord, he just emmits the beauty of God's ability to create. Thinking about it all, God has done nothing but bless me. Which is why I want to bless God for this life He has given, by sharing with you how much He has done.
So, in conclusion, I would like to say "BLESS THE LORD!"