• Dr. Patricia M. Phillips

The Importance of Feeding Our Faith

“And this is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

(1 John 5:4b, NIV)

For many Christians, weekly church attendance has become religiously mundane and routine, which impacts eagerness and expectancy when entering into his gates to worship and his courts to give him praise!

When we enter the house of worship and realize we have lost the eagerness and expectancy of experiencing the presence of God and his supernatural power, we should question WHY?

For many of us, it is safe to say that we have:

· stopped reading the Word of God.

· stopped daily devotion with God.

· stopped inviting God to be a part of our daily lives.

Therefore, we believers begin to perceive our faith journey in this life as being a series of good and bad, full of trials and a few triumphs, lots of heartache, and even more hardships.

I believe it is because we no longer practice getting rid of every weight that so easily beset us and we are feeding our issues more than feeding our faith.

This keeps us focusing and waiting on the next crisis or impact. We go through life waiting on the next series of good or bad. We are literally bracing ourselves for the next series of trials instead of triumphs. We are literally embracing ourselves for the next series of setbacks instead of setups.

Oh! We are all guilty! No judgment here!

But as I journey through this life, I have come to know that life is not just a series of ups and downs.

I think our journey with Christ is more like a train, with pre-paid and pre-laid train tracks that if I follow it, I will find my destiny and my destination. I have come to know that we must follow the plan of God for our lives, just like the trains follow train tracks. We must follow the tracks pre-laid before us by the plan of God.

A train is not designed to run on land, dirt, or soil. It can only function by traveling on customized train tracks to travel safely from one destination to another.

It does not mean that things will not find themselves on the path of the train track:

· a wondering deer,

· a fallen tree branch,

· a stranded vehicle.

All the conductor can do is blow the horn, wave his hand, and shout “Get out of the way.” Why? The conductor understands the train is not designed to stop on impulse nor impact.

So, it is with our faith. Once we understand how faith works and that our faith is the conductor, our faith will plow through anything in its pre-paid and pre-laid path.

All we can do is say:

· “Get out of the way.”

· “We are coming through.”.

· “Move or you will be run over.”

The enemy’s ploy is to get us to derail the entire plan of God. Remember, we can have whatsoever we say! When we begin to trust God’s path for us, pre-paid and pre-laid by the cross of Calvary, the enemy does not stand half of a chance.

Less we forget, faith is the substance of things hoped for. Without faith, it is impossible to please the Lord. We will only become over-comers of our circumstances by feeding our faith!

· Religion will not feed your faith.

· Education will not feed your faith.

· Shouting and dancing will not feed your faith.

Feed your faith with the Word of God.

God told Joshua that he should meditate on the Word of God day and night and observe to do all that is written within it. Only then could Joshua make his way prosperous, and only then would he have good success (Joshua 1:8).

Make it a daily habit to feed your faith by meditating on the Word of God so that you can enjoy the guarantee of the Word which is the abundance plan that God has for each of our lives!

Remember, This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

(1 John 5:4b, NIV)


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