In Sunday's message, (LISTEN HERE!) we looked at Abram's struggle of faith as a means to understanding our own. We all, at times in our lives, experience struggles of faith. We need to normalize faith struggles. We need to learn to more openly talk about faith struggles. We need to be prepared for faith struggles. We need to actively deal with faith struggles. . .
I have been thinking about the many different types and categories of faith struggles. . . here's my growing list of some of things that can be a parts of our struggle of faith. . .
killing of the unborn
crisis in your business
overwhelming personal responsibilities
chemical imbalances that can give rise to health and emotional issues
unresolved childhood issues
a troubled marriage
a desire to be married
feeling overwhelmed by bad news
unrealized, broken dreams
feelings of failure
starvation of children
death of a loved one
fear of death
fear of the future
fear of failure
All of these and a million more can cause and or contribute to a struggle of faith. Is your "thing" on the list? Why can't we talk about these things and learn to support one another through them?
but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep,
we will live together with Him.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another,
just as you also are doing.
I Thesalonians 5:9-11