Emily Belle Freeman
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Faith

This morning my thoughts are all caught up in the word faith. Scriptural images have been flooding my mind.

Peter stepping out of the boat into the raging stormy water below.  How did the fear not paralyze him?  Where did the courage come from?  Were there questions of doubt that filled his mind in that moment?

A young father who kneels with heart pleading, tears falling, asking for healing.  The healing would require belief.  So, a second, even more humble prayer is uttered, "Bless thou mine unbelief..."

A man, climbing the mount, carrying molten stones in hand, kneeling before the Lord.  The stones would have the power to bring light into the darkest of moments.  If only...

Today I realized that if the hearts of these men had been filled with doubt each of these stories would have had a much different ending.

"Therefore, doubt not...remember that without faith you can do nothing; therefore ask in faith..."  (D&C 8:10)

Where did that faith come from?

The Bible Dictionary teaches:

Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, but which are true

Faith must be centered in Jesus Christ

To have faith is to have confidence in something or someone...the Lord possesses every needful thing, so as to enable the mind of man to place confidence in him without reservation.

Strong faith is developed by obedience

Faith comes from righteousness

Faith is a principle of action and of power

Faith in Jesus Christ is more than belief, since true faith always moves its possessor to some kind of physical and mental action; it carries an assurance of the fulfillment of the things hoped for.

Faith can help us to know that the course of life we are pursing is acceptable to the Lord.

True faith in Jesus Christ includes reception of the blessings of the Lord that are available to man in this life.

Faith is a gift.

Where there is true faith there are miracles, visions, dreams, healings, and all the gifts of God that he gives to his saints.

I ponder these truths and I begin to understand.

Faith has everything to do with hope, Jesus Christ, obedience, and righteousness.

It requires us to place confidence in Christ without reservation and to be willing to move to physical and mental action.

Faith precedes blessings, miracles, visions, dreams, and healing.

But faith also requires great courage, sincere humility, and unfailing trust.

The soul must fill full to overflowing with these qualities, until there is no room for doubt.

Therein lies the power of faith.

It's such a simple word.  Five letters.

And yet, it is everything ––catalyst for miracles.

It is in the moment we need it most that we realize its magnitude.

For just a moment come back to the boat with me...

It's just one sentence that describes Peter climbing over the side of the boat.

One.

A line filled with faith, full to overflowing.

Were there moments of doubt?  Lord, there is nothing solid for me to stand on.  Are you sure this is what you want me to do?  Did he turn to his friends and question...Should I really try?  Should I follow the call from the Lord?

We don't know.

But we do know this, "And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus."  (Matthew 14:29)

He walked on water!

In that moment, setting aside all doubt, His faith was the catalyst for something miraculous.

Deliberate Discipleship:

Do you hear the gentle call from the Lord?  Do you have the faith to follow where He beckons?

Set aside the doubt.

Focus on Him and let faith fill your whole soul.

His miracle will come.