Your Own Personal Decree of Faith to Live by in 2017
I believe that ringing in the New Year is like a declaration or decree that sets the tone for what we will experience throughout the following 365 days. At the “head” of the year, it is paramount that you determine what you expect…and give voice to it! This is a sound biblical principle: Mark 11:22-24 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
The way I see it, the difference between wishing and believing is knowing. Being sure of something before there is any tangible evidence of it is the definition of faith. True faith on its own merit is genuine substance!
Hebrews 11:1-3 (MSG) Faith in What We Don’t See
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.
Fact: everything that IS visible was created by that which WAS invisible.
What do YOU want to see manifested in YOUR life in this new year of endless possibilities? The sky is the limit. The only thing that can hold you back is you! If you truly believe that “nothing is impossible for them that believe,” it’s time to put your faith to work. The only time you see faith coming before works is in the dictionary. The phrase “taking a leap of faith” means that your first step, or action, is the evidence that you believe what you cannot yet see (faith). When you step out, faith manifests.
For some of you, this may sound a little farfetched or unreal, when in actuality, it is the ultimate reality of how God’s “upside down” Kingdom principles operate. Truth be told, I have been living by faith for over thirty years. Faith speaks. When I say what I believe and believe what I say, amazing things begin to happen. Wholetones is a result of faith, and since you are receiving my weekly emails, you already have the tangible evidence of my faith playing in your home!
Many years ago, I read something that changed my life: Romans 1:17, “For the gospel (good news) reveals the righteousness of God that comes by faith from start to finish, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” In other words, an upright or good man or woman lives by faith. I can personally attest to this truth.
If someone truly cares for you, they desire to see you live your life to the fullest. Together, we stand in the vestibule of a brand new year, a veritable blank chalkboard awaiting our words to frame the parameters of our destiny. Let’s write a few lines together, then take the chalk in your hand to finish your own personal decree of faith to live by in 2017. Here we go!
“This year I will see what was previously unseen, I will know that which was formerly unknown to me. I will love the unlovable, become light for those in darkness, befriend the friendless, help the helpless, and thoroughly enjoy the fruit of my labor as I endeavor to live abundantly faithful instead of hopelessly faithless.”
Now it’s your turn … say what you believe, believe what you say. I have great expectations for you!