Faith vs. Fantasy by Trish

I believe we live in a day and age where we must know the foundation of our faith and be confident in the Word of God by which we as Christians profess to live by. Furthermore, the Word must be more than something we profess to live by but actually do.

As believers, it is imperative that we saturate ourselves in the Word so that when deception tries to introduce itself, we can recognize it and dismiss it before it takes residency in our head, heart and home.Becoming a student of God’s Word includes the obvious, which is reading it but also asking the Holy Spirit to bring the Word to life for our present day situations. The more we know the Word, the stronger our faith can become in believing God and taking Him at His Word, literally.

I prefaced this article with those comments because the life of a believer is to be faith-filled. Living a lifestyle of faith includes believing for the impossible, the supernatural. In doing so, it can seem radical to others. I think we need to caution ourselves from being disillusioned in how and what we believe for. One of my favorite scriptures is: Ephesians 3:20 which says,

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” New King James Version (NKJV) (*The word “think” underlined by me for the sake of this point.)

Some translations use the word “imagine”. Our minds are so powerful. God gave us the incredible gift of imagination and with that gift we can overcome so much by utilizing the power of our thoughts! We become what we believe in our minds. (As a man THINKETH, so is he. (Reference to Proverbs 23:47) )With that in mind (no pun intended) we must be careful what we allow our minds to think about.  Our faith and imaginations can all to easily turn into a fantasy that was never sanctioned by God. Some will apply a label of faith to it and say it is God’s will when in fact it is nowhere near the heart of God.

How then do we judge what is fantasy and what is faith? If the Word of God cannot support what you believe for it is vain imagination and it needs to be cast down.

2 Corinthians 10:5 King James Version (KJV)Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

This is where many times people become disillusioned or even frustrated in their “faith” because they believe for something that is not authorized by God’s Word.

If you can’t find one scripture to support the desire you believe for, then reconsider the motive behind the request. For example, if you are asking God to unite you with a married man, you are trying to use your faith for something not in line with God’s Word and this “fantasy” must be abolished. You cannot attach faith to fantasy and ask God to bless it. We do serve the God of the impossible and supernatural but we also serve a God who Himself submits to His own Word.

So then, what is faith? Hebrews 11:1King James Version (KJV) says: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Although your desire may seem unrealistic and against all odds it doesn’t mean it cannot be obtained. For every desire or request, seek the heart of God pertaining to your situation, find scripture to support what you believe for and begin to stand in faith. You can have confidence to stand in faith when your desires are in line with the Word and will of God. In fact you have a right as a child of God to expect such things standing in your authority as a daughter of the most High God!

In closing, whatever you believe for, fill your mind with the Word and then speak the Word over your life. Write down your faith verse and every time doubt comes strike back with the power of God’s word! Let’s not be enticed by desires of the flesh, fantasies of this world but led by faith and rooted in the Word of God!

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