True faith knows how to wait!

Hey friend! How are you doing?

These past few weeks definetely challenged me to be patient and hold on faith!

Even knowing that God is always good and that He is control, sometimes my thoughts run wild and make me very anxious! I don’t like to wait. However I know that patience is a fruit of the Spirit and it helps me to enlarge my faith and strength! It is training my arms for battle.

I don’t know if you are struggling like me, waiting for something to happen, but I felt I should share about it again! I hope it helps you to hold on faith and keep walking in trust. Our God is good. All the time!

True faith is never in a hurry. It knows how to wait. It trusts wholly in me and in my wisdom. Many trust in my power, but few wait to trust in my wisdom. I have a time and a plan that is beyond you, a reason for every delay...Wait patiently, fully convinced that I am in control, and your character will be refined.” ( from “I hear His Whisper” -written by Brian Simmons and Gretchen Rodriguez)

We all have plans and dreams we are hoping to live! If you are a friend and partner of God, you are hoping and waiting on Him for the fullfilment of these plans, right?!

However, this waiting must not be passive. That involves acts of faith and trust!

The Word says, in Hebrews 11, that every man and woman of God had promises in their lives and they had to believe and act in agreement with those promises!

What God expects from us it’s a partnership, that involves listen and acting in trust of His faithfulness. It is not easy, but we are called to a spiritual growth as we walk in faith.

The more we trust and act from that trust, the more our partnership with God become stronger. We learn to be more confident in what He tells us and, step by step, we leave behind our spiritual childhood!

While we wait, we need to build “faith muscles”. That means we need to put into practice what we believe and have learned in the Scriptures! We are not called to see and then, act.

Faith means that we will step forward even when we don’t see the ground under our feet. I know, it is scary sometimes! But it is also exciting and rewarding, as we grow!

The more we learn and put into action what we’ve learned, the more we overcome the insecurity, the fear of failure that used to hold us back!

Everytime God asks us to walk in faith, He empowers us to do it. He also reminds us of everytime in the past, that we trusted in Him and we were not disappointed!

I challenge you to do tthis exercise everytime you need some encouragement to act: Bring to your mind the situations when only God could help you out and He did it! He was your shield and your comfort. He’s still the same!

I know that waiting can be hard and that we feel discouraged some days, but the secret is: We do not sink in that feeling! We declare the truth over us and command our souls to praise God, to believe and keep going, even when it feels heavy!

We must not be guided by our feelings, we are called to be guided by His Words. So feed your heart and mind with it! And watch the transformation that only this spiritual food can cause inside of you.

Be perssistent! Our faith muscles need some time to grow =)

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.” (…)

It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. (Hebrews 11: 1-2/6)

A verdadeira FÉ sabe como esperar!

Ei amigo! Como você tem passado? Espero que bem 😉

Estas últimas semanas definitivamente me desafiaram a ser paciente e manter a fé!

Mesmo sabendo que Deus é sempre bom e que Ele é o controle, às vezes meus pensamentos correm soltos e me deixam muito ansiosa! Eu não gosto de esperar. No entanto, sei que a paciência é fruto do Espírito e me ajuda a aumentar minha fé e força! Está treinando meus braços para a batalha.

Não sei se você está lutando assim como eu, esperando que algo aconteça, mas senti que deveria compartilhar sobre isso novamente! Espero que isso ajude você a manter a fé e continuar andando na confiança de que o nosso Deus é bom. O tempo todo!

A verdadeira fé nunca está com pressa. Ela sabe como esperar. Ela confia totalmente em mim e na minha sabedoria. Muitos confiam no meu poder, mas poucos esperam confiando na minha sabedoria. Eu tenho um tempo e um plano que está além de você, uma razão para cada atraso...Espere pacientemente, totalmente convencido de que estou no controle, e seu caráter será refinado.“(retirado de “I hear His Whisper “-escrito por Brian Simmons e Gretchen Rodriguez)

Todos nós temos planos e sonhos que esperamos viver! Se você é amigo e parceiro de Deus, você está esperando Nele para a realização desses planos, certo?! No entanto, essa espera não pode ser passiva. Isso envolve atos de fé e confiança!

A Palavra diz, em Hebreus 11, que todos os homens e mulheres de Deus tinham promessas em suas vidas e eles tiveram que acreditar e agir de acordo com essas promessas!

O que Deus espera de nós é parceria, que envolve ouvir e agir confiando em Sua fidelidade. Não é fácil! Mas somos chamados ao crescimento espiritual, à medida que caminhamos em fé. Quanto mais confiamos e agimos desse lugar de confiança, mais a nossa parceria com Deus se torna forte. Aprendemos a ser mais confiantes no que Ele nos diz e, aos poucos, deixamos de ser “crianças espirituais”! (1 Coríntios 3)

Enquanto esperamos, precisamos construir esses “músculos de fé”. Isso significa que precisamos colocar em prática o que acreditamos e aprendemos nas Escrituras! Não somos chamados para ver e então agir.

Fé significa que daremos um passo à frente mesmo quando não virmos o chão sob nossos pés. Eu sei, as vezes é assustador! Mas também é empolgante e gratificante, à medida que crescemos!

Quanto mais aprendemos e colocamos em ação o que aprendemos, mais superamos a insegurança, o medo do fracasso que costumava nos segurar!

Sempre que Deus nos pede para andarmos em fé, Ele nos capacita a fazê-lo. Ele também nos lembra de todas as vezes que, no passado, confiamos Nele e não fomos desapontados!

Eu o desafio a fazer este exercício sempre que precisar de algum incentivo para agir: Traga à sua mente as situações em que somente Deus poderia te ajudar e Ele o fez! Ele foi seu escudo e conforto. Ele ainda é o mesmo!

Eu sei que esperar pode ser difícil e que nos sentimos desanimados alguns dias, mas o segredo é: Não nos afundarmos nesse sentimento! Declaramos a verdade sobre nós e mandamos nossas almas louvarem a Deus, acreditarem e seguirem em frente, mesmo quando o dia parece pesado!

Não devemos ser guiados pelos nossos sentimentos, somos chamados a ser guiados pela Palavra. Então alimente seu coração e mente com ela! E observe a transformação que somente este alimento espiritual pode causar dentro de você.

Seja persistente! Nossos músculos espirituais precisam de algum tempo para se desenvolver =)

“Ora, a fé é a certeza daquilo que esperamos e a prova das coisas que não vemos.  Pois foi por meio dela que os antigos receberam bom testemunho. Pela fé entendemos que o universo foi formado pela palavra de Deus, de modo que aquilo se vê não foi feito do que é visível.” (…)  Sem fé é impossível agradar a Deus, pois quem dele se aproxima precisa crer que ele existe e que recompensa aqueles que o buscam.” (Hebreus 11:1-2/6)

Stay connected!

I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.

What it means to “bear fruit”?!

The Bible talks, mostly, about 2 kinds of fruit: The friut of the Spirit that is:  love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Wich are manifestations of a healthy character, treated by the Sipirit.

The other fruit can be the results of sharing the Gospel with other: Repent and salvation!

Jesus talks about the “harvest” a lot of times, like when He explains the bad and good soil for the seed of His Word (Mathew 13).

Both begins internally, by the work of the Holy Spirit! One works imediatelly by repent and recognition of Jesus as Lord and Savior. The other is a long-term process, where the Sipirit treat and build our character, through the Word of God and a close relationship with Him!

So, SALVATION =The harvest fruit. Treated character= Fruits of the Spirit.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Remain: That’s one of the biggest challenges our lives as followers of Jesus! Salvation is just the first step of a long and amazing journey. Only those who remain until the end will achieve all the PROMISES and giflts from the Lord, in this life and in the next!

Jesus said that are different soils(hearts) that receive His SEED. Only tthe good soil bears a great harvest! That means that there are a lot of people who receive the Word of God in their hearts but, during the hardship of the journey, they go astray. Why? Because it is not easy to follow Jesus! It is totally worthy, but also challenging and unconfortable, if you compare it with the life we are used to live before Christ!

Remain in the right way means that we will accept with faith all the trials, renounces and suffferings of the way with PERSEVERANCE and we will OBEY, no matter what!

Only those who grows a strong FAITH, by a constant relationship with the Father and His Word, will achieve the promised land, that God prepared for those who love Him.

Remain in Christ is to walk with the eyes of faith, not with humam eyes, looking to Him, not the circumstances. Only then you are able to obey without being stuck by fear. Like He said, “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” To obey you need to believe, otherwise, the directions and plans of God to your life will seems just craziness, non sense!

“I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

How amazing is to hear the voice of God to know His plans beforehand? Only close friends have this privilege! If you seek God with all your heart and soul, He will call you ‘friend’!

 “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.”

I feel so encouraged and loved when I read this: Jesus chose me! And if you believe in Him already, that means He chose you too! Only the Holy Spirit can convince us about the truth of the Gospel ,it is impossible to believe by rational arguments!

We are called to believe with our hearts, with a deep conviction in our spirit! It is not human work! Only when we are touched by the Spirit, we can trully SURRENDER our lives to Jesus and call Him Lord!

 But remember the root command: Love one another.”

The process begins with salvation, but only a constant and deep walk with Jesus make us able to love one another like He did. I mean, really love! That means that we gonna live a sacrificial lifestyle with no regrets, because Jesus put a new heart in every one of us!

I hope this reflection brings some light and encouragement to you like it did for me! That’s all friends. Stay connected to the Vine! =)

In love with this song! S2