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Faith – How big is yours?

I have faith, faith that sometimes looks an awful lot like fear. Sometimes my “faith” is in the other shoe, and sooner or later, it will drop.

Sometimes I have faith that defies reason.

Sometimes, I have faith to believe impossible things.

Once, an E.R. doctor tried to convince me that I had something very wrong with my body. He had the blood work to prove it. But what he did not have was the knowledge of how stubborn I could be. I spouted out my faith like bullets that day. I declared to the galaxy, and beyond that, I was not sick; I did not have the disease the well-meaning doctor said I had.

Several hours and a couple more tests later, my faith won out over that doctor’s diagnosis to God’s glory!

I have thought a lot about what took place that day in the E.R.

Am I some giant in the world of faith? I do not think so. But, that day, I practiced and worked out my faith. I refused to relent.

It got me thinking about how God has given us all a measure of faith to help us become spiritually strong (Romans 12:3), and God has also given us all muscles in our bodies to help us become physically strong (Gen.1:27).

Not all of us are walking around looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger (he was a big-time bodybuilder back in the day) because we have not spent the time Arnold did on building his muscles.

Could we? Probably, but we have not.

It is the same in building the muscles of our faith.

Peter had BIG spiritual muscles.

Peter was able to tell the lame man to get up and walk because his faith had been exercised and worked out much like the physical muscles of Arnold.

We can have big physical muscles like Arnold, and we can have big faith muscles like Peter, but it will cost us.

In the same way we work to get those big guns or a flattering six pack, getting those big faith muscles will cost us time, energy, and probably a few friends.

It will mean we will have to speak to mountains in our lives, probably more than once, even more than twice, but if we keep speaking, sooner or later, those mountains will move (Matthew 21:21).

Now, I am not saying if you refuse to give in, as I did on that day in the E.R., that you will be able to overturn a doctor’s report, but there is a much larger chance of you turning it around than if you do not speak out.

I stood on the promises of God that day. The doctor looked me in the eye at one point and said, “Look, I believe in faith too, but our tests don’t lie.” Well, God had the final word, and his tests did lie.

The moral of this story is that we all have faith, just like we all have muscles. The determining factor in how big our muscles get and how great our faith becomes will be to the extent of how much we use them and how often we are exercising them.

So, tell me, how big is your faith?

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Pamela Fair
Pamela Fair
Maya Angelou once said, "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." This statement resonates with me. My past experiences have made me a stronger person eager to use my story to inspire and help others see that regardless of who they are or where they have been, there is always hope and to know the ability to rise above circumstances lies within. Each day, I strive to walk in faith and hope surrounded by my family and friends' love and encouragement. I am blessed to have a life full of experiences, some good, some bad, and my ambition is to use those experiences to enrich those around me. I am a local business owner and church Executive Assistant in Highland, Arkansas. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and student. My passion is to help those in need who are ready and willing to do the necessary work it takes to help themselves. Assisting individuals who have experienced trauma, loss, stress, grief, and various life changes are the drive behind attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University to obtain my associate degree in Human Services. I plan to further my education in this field by getting my bachelor's degree in behavioral health. I hope to use my experiences and knowledge to encourage, strengthen, and facilitate assistance to those who are in need. I am also working alongside my husband in the community as an Automotive Collision Repair Facility owner. It has been a great privilege to assist my husband in pursuing his lifelong dream. We enjoy our work together, and it is an exciting experience for me to learn his field of expertise and engage with so many phenomenal people in our area. I am a fun-loving individual who thrives on living life and pursuing dreams! I am an avid chess player, a lover of all things feline, and a big fan of essential oils! At the age of 50, I decided to return to school to earn my GED. Since then, I have become a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a Notary Public. I have completed credentials for ministry, became a certified grant writer, trained in hospital chaplaincy, and certified in Christ-Centered leadership. Additionally, I am a member of the North American Christian Social Workers Association (NACSW), where I have been trained in "The Role of Christian Faith and Spirituality in the Grieving Process" and "Suicide Prevention for Christians in Social Work." I am an active member of the Spring River Chamber of Commerce and the Spring River Car Club. My faith is a huge part of my desire and passion for helping others. I strive to always be, as Christ, a light in this world and in the lives of others. In John 8:12, Jesus says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." I endeavor to help others see the light in the darkness.About Beautiful Feet:Romans 10:15 (NIV) And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" "For every circumstance and season of life, God has promises that offer direction, peace, perspective and wisdom. "Bible Promises for You" is a collection of promises taken from the New International Version of the Bible and is categorized by topic for easy reference." God led Jimmy and Pam Fair, in 2015, to partner with Highland Assembly of God, to GIVE Bible Promise Books, Devotionals, and Bibles to anyone who needs direction, peace, perspective, and wisdom. Contact Highland Assembly or Pam Fair for more information. 870-856-3886
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