Habits of Faith

Do you know that faith is contagious? That living in faith can become a habit that affects the faith walks of others?

I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. —2 Tim. 1:5

Timothy had a sincere faith because his grandmother and mother had passed it down to him.  He saw in them a living faith that was able to get them through the hard things of life. The faith of his father is not mentioned – perhaps his father was not in the picture? Paul became his spiritual father.

The gentle heart of Timothy enabled him to weep openly. Paul refers to the tears that Timothy shed on Paul’s departure. Timothy was timid and had stomach problems, for which Paul prescribed a “little wine for your stomach’s sake”. It seems that Timothy was not your macho man, confident, aggressive, sure of himself. But he had a sincere faith and a calling from God.

Timothy also had spiritual gifts that God gave him for his ministry to the church through the “laying on of hands”.  Paul told him to fan the gift into flame. Apparently the gift was there, but in ember form, smoldering but not giving off much heat or light. God gave the gifts to Timothy, but Timothy had to do something about it. He had to step out in his gifts.  This took great faith from this timid young pastor.

God also gives us gifts through His most awesome gift of the Holy Spirit; that Spirit is not timid, not ashamed, not self-focused.  That Spirit is our teacher to help us to learn the lessons of the school of faith. If we don’t learn to live in “sincere faith in God”, our children will not “catch the spirit of faith”.

I heard from someone recently who was speaking from another spirit than that of faith.  I felt myself pull back inside.  I wanted no part of that negative, depressing, self-pitying spirit.  My desire is to walk in “sincere faith” – real faith.

Throughout life we form habits – most of what we do, say, and think as adults comes from a lifetime of habits that have become cemented into our lives, both good habits and bad habits.

The Apostle Paul had developed such a “habit of faith” that he could say in 1 Cor. 4:8-9:.8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed . . .”

Sustaining faith like this is what I desire to walk in; what I want to share with others whose lives may touch mine.

QUESTION: What kind of faith-legacy are you passing on to your children?  Would anyone say to your child or grandchild, “You have the sincere faith that was in your . . . grandmother, or mother, or father?”


About Marcy

I love my Father-God. Together we are walking through a season of my life where I am standing with him against cancer. He is my strength and trust. As one of his daughters, my passion is to share his love with others in practical, everyday illustrations and insights.

Posted on August 12, 2012, in Christian Growth, Follow Me, God Encounters, My Journey, Reflections and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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