“Like the umbilical cord is attached from the baby to the mother, so are we connected to our source, which is God. It is only that our umbilical cord is our faith. Never let your cord get disconnected; it's all we have and it's what we use to draw all that we need from God.” Hebrews 11: 1-2, 6; Romans 4: 18-21
Our faith can be likened to that of an umbilical?cord, the purpose of which is to give nourishment to the unborn child while it’s in the mother’s womb. Everything the child needs to stay alive is given to that child through the umbilical cord, which is attached from the mother to the child. If the umbilical cord should get cut, then the child will not survive while in the mother’s womb.
Likewise, if we should lose our faith in God, then we will fail to be who God created us to be; nor will we live a life of true peace, joy and happiness. The spiritual realm is activated by faith; in other words, for anything to be done, it must be done through faith- even the angels and demons work through faith. That is why the enemy always attacks our fundamental faith, because if the foundation is weak, then everything at the top will crumble. There are many times when I am going through some crisis in my life and it seems as if God is not there, and in order to be an overcomer I had to lean on my previous experiences with God and all I knew already knew about Him. If our faith should crumble, we would live a very miserable life.
Our faith in God is the reason why we can go to bed with the assurance that He will protect us, why we can leave our life in His hands each day we step out on the road; if our faith is ever broken, then all hell could break lose in our mind and life. Many people live reckless lives because they fail to believe that God could ever love or care about them.
There are many people living in the world right now who are living a sinful life, not because they want to, but because they believe that they have drifted so far from God that God can never forgive and or love them. This therefore has caused many to live reckless lives. At the same time, many people have looked over their life of heartaches and suffering?and thought God would never allow those things to happen to them if He loves them. Their spiritual umbilical cord- which is their faith in God and His love- has been cut. Faith releases us from torment.
Many times we cannot understand why God does some things at times; for example, why He allowed your mom to die, or why He allowed your only child to die or to be in and out of the hospital, if He is a loving God. We will never at times understand why the Lord does some things; however, we can rest assured that He loves each one of with unfailing love, regardless of who we are, or what we may have done in our past. His love for us is unchanging. God does things for His own divine purpose, a purpose we may not see or understand while we are in the process. I have learnt that just because God did not stop certain things from happening or intervene, it does not mean that He was not there when it happened, or He doesn't love you. He sometimes does things because He knows that the experience you’ve been through or are currently facing will not break you, but will make you stronger- and if it breaks you, He will build you back up again.
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), and one method he uses to destroy humanity is to attack their faith, because when you take away a man's faith, you take away hope and give him despair; take away his purpose and his life will be meaningless; take away his faith in God and you will take away his joy, happiness, and peace; you take away everything he needs to survive.
Faith is standing on the word or promises of God, even when it seems like God is not there or will not come through for you. Faith is knowing that no matter what you have done throughout your life and will do, God still loves you. Faith is knowing that He is your protector, provider, healer, and way-maker, even when what you are seeing is contrary to the fact. Faith is standing even when you feel like throwing in the towel, because you know that, despite what is going on, He is still a good God, and all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His divine purpose.?Faith is believing that whatever He says that He will do, and whatever you ask in faith, believing He will grant it according to HIS divine will and purpose. Faith will let you raise the dead, heal the sick, overcome poverty and become a millionaire; through faith you can do all things.
As you go face your obstacles, trials and pain, I want to encourage you not lose your faith in God. Situations will come that will test your faith, but remember God says He will never leave you, nor forsake you. Every promise God made to people and His servants in the bible is still available to each one of us today, and whatever He did back then, He can still do it today.
"Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens" (Psalms 119: 89, NIV).
"The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever" (Psalms 119: 160).
Written By: Eston Swaby
Author of Christian devotional book An Empowered Life, Eston Swaby is the founder of Christian online magazine site www.biblewaymag.com where he writes on various topics faith, family, relationship, inspiration and more. He is a devoted Christian and ordain minister. He enjoys doing motivational speaking. You can learn more about him on his personal site www.estonswaby.com and get a copy of his devotional book on Amazon http://www.amzn.to/29tEpOA