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Persevere in Faith; Running the Race

Persevere in FaithTo persevere in faith, we must nourish our faith – we must exercise the spiritual muscle of faith, so-to-speak, or it will die within us; just like our physical muscles would atrophy if we remain sedentary. As with physical exercise, we all vary with our spiritual exercise. This is because everyone is at a different point on their faith journey. As a society, we run the gamut from atheistic to saintly. Yet, most of us fall somewhere in between on the spectrum of faith.

So where does that leave those of us who want to grow in faith? We can nourish our faith through the reading of Scripture. We can ponder God’s plan for each of us, along with the mysteries of faith. We can attend Church services. We can pray, asking for an increase in faith. We can perform acts of charity. As you can see, there are many ways in which we can exercise the spiritual muscle of faith.

How does one persevere in faith?

We persevere in faith by placing all of our trust in God, especially during times of adversity. We live our lives in accordance with God’s Commandments and adhere to His timeline, not our own. We give of ourselves everyday in service to Him and our neighbors; knowing that our good works, done with a loving heart, are pleasing to Him.

Have you given any thought to where you think you lie on the spectrum of faith? Do you want to grow in faith? Are you concerned that if you put all of your trust in God that He will do something with your life that doesn’t suit you? If so, remember the words from Jeremiah 29:11: “I have plans for you, plans to give you hope and to prosper; not to harm you.” And in the words of Saint John Paul II, “Be not afraid!” Now let’s get started exercising those spiritual muscles and running the race!

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5 Responses to Persevere in Faith; Running the Race

  • Thanks for great Friday thoughts to ponder !

  • I, personally, still struggle with dealing with adversity, even when I can look back on so many occasions and see the hand of God working in my life. Yet, I draw comfort in the Acts of the Apostles, who at times, fought the same struggle. They got to see Jesus in action, and Thomas, as a prime example, doubted Jesus’ resurrection because he wasn’t present in the upper room when Jesus revealed His glorified body to the Apostles. The Apostles had their doubts and their concerns, but they still put their full faith and trust in Our Lord. They persevered in the faith. They are shining examples for us to do the same.

  • I have a feeling I will be involved in this website everyday or at least 3-5 times a week!
    I need the reinforcement of FAITH…..
    Thank you for using your abundant gift from God in creating this website….
    Later……. <3

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