When Faith is on the Sidelines

When faith is on the sidelines, we forget the Father’s role in our lives – and that can lead to making terrible decisions that cost us in the long run. So how do we make sure to include our faith in all that we do?

When faith is on the sidelines, we often do not give a second thought when we make daily decisions. Our thoughts are automatic – drink this type of coffee in the morning, wear these matching socks, etc,. Our brains are wired to make millions of decisions in the span of one day – and I wonder if we take a step back to examine how we make those decisions. When faith is on the sidelines, we forget the Father’s role in our lives – and that can lead to making terrible decisions that cost us in the long run. So how do we make sure to include our faith in all that we do?

  1.  Do your daily quiet time.

    1.  Whether it’s 10 minutes of meditative prayer, or an hour of solitude with a good cup of coffee and your Bible, do your quiet time. Sit with the Lord. Listen to the stillness of the moment and drink from His well. Because when we are continually drinking from His cup, our cup will overflow with thanksgiving and thoughtfulness.
  2.  Pray always.

    1. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. When you’re driving three hours for your commute home, or waiting in line at the supermarket, pray to your Lord Jesus Christ about anything on your heart. Transfer it from your heart of worry to His heart of compassion and empathy. Understand how powerful your prayers are – you are entreating the God of the Universe to work on your behalf. That’s where the growth happens! That’s where the miracles happen.
  3.  Be Rich in the Word.

    1.  Make it an unconscious habit to fill yourself up with the Word – whether on a run listening to a Bible podcast, or reading a Christian book, or listening to Christian music – try to make your faith amplified in your thoughts daily. What we think we become – so be careful to take in as much positive literature as possible. When you soak in the Word, you will find the answers you’ve been looking for in the love of Jesus Christ.

If we are not careful to consider our faith in our daily decision making, especially when we need to make important decisions about our families, work, etc, we fall into the lie that we can do this life all on our own. Remember when everything is going well – and so you fall off the bandwagon of your faith? Well, hop back on. When things are going well, you need to press into the Lord even more so to deter the attacks of the enemy. So listen to the Lord, pray to Him, and read his Word. And you will witness change in your life dramatically.

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