// DARRELL HUFFMAN
IS YOUR FAITH working or has frustration crept in? You can't be in faith and frustration at the same time! So where are you? One of the easiest ways to check is to listen to what you are continually saying. FAITH SPEAKS THE VISION. FRUSTRATION SPEAKS THE PROBLEM.
I don't know about you, but I've gone through some battles! People have done me wrong, projects have gone sour, and persecution has come through the years. In those times, I found myself in frustration, not in faith. Without faith, the struggles made me bitter.
During a particularly difficult time, I asked the Lord what was wrong. He asked me one question in return, "Where's your hope?" My answer showed where I was living: "To serve you today!" I was looking at one 24-hour period at a time. I couldn't even see tomorrow.
I had lost my vision. The things of God were not motivating me. Instead, the difficult circumstances around me were controlling me—my words, actions, and attitudes—and affecting others. FRUSTRATION WILL BREED FRUSTRATION, JUST AS FAITH WILL PRODUCE FAITH AND VISION WILL BRING FORTH VISION.
Return to Passion
Many of us live in a strange mix of blessing and dissatisfaction. We have lost our vision and are going through the motions of faith. Often, we don't anticipate that God is moving. We are distracted. We are not experiencing faith in all of its creative power!
Great men and women of old had a passion that we need today. Their passion caused them to get up before sunrise and intercede. It enabled them to stand up to criticism. Passion got them through tough times because their faith was full of hope and vision.
This one thing I know: We can't stand around and wait for passion to return. Seek the face of the Father and ask Him to burn His Word, His revelation, and His plan into your heart. We won't get passion from television or the latest book. WE MUST WAIT UPON THE LORD. HE IS THE ONLY ONE WITH THE ANSWERS WE SEEK.
If you are living in the land of frustration, the move of faith happens from the inside out. You must get back to a place where you are no longer moved by what you see. When the vision motivates you, it will cause an amazing transformation!
Refocus and Refresh
You didn't lose your hope overnight, so it may take a while before you can stand strong again. When you focus on the Lord instead of the circumstances, He promises to refresh you (Acts 3:19). You will be given the desires of your heart if you delight in the Lord (Ps. 37:4).
Enjoy your time with the Lord and the life He has given you! When you choose to make the most of every day and have fun doing it, you can receive the "secret petitions" of your heart (Ps. 37:4 AMPC).
START HAVING FUN AGAIN! Develop your faith in the Lord by sharing yourself with Him, not just your problems. Your faith will reach out, grab your hope, speak the vision, and then bring it to reality. Stand your ground and only consider what God has said to you. When you do, YOU WILL TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF VICTORY!
[Editor's Note: Darrell Huffman is pastor of New Life Church in Huntington, West Virginia. He is a regular Campmeeting speaker.]
FAITH IN ACTION
Search Your Heart
Are you experiencing victory? If not, be honest before the Father and say, "My frustrations are not getting me anywhere. I realize I need to stay in faith and be motivated by Your vision. Help me, Lord. I want to see Your plans and desires come to pass."
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