Faith is a decision, it is not an emotion or a feeling. Faith is praising God even in a state of pain or inner turmoil. Faith is only mastered once it’s tried in fire, and after the fire burns out your faith is still there. You will never understand the cost of God’s favor on your life until your faith has been tested.
Do you or I really have faith? Will we serve God when He tells us no? Will we still be singing His praises if our love one dies, spouse walks away with no explanation, we lose our job, we are betrayed? Will we still quote scripture, when we do everything right and it still turns out wrong? Can I stand on His promises even when Heaven is silent?
These are true teachings of Christ. He never promised us a life filled with rainbows, happiness, and puppies. He did promise us, a cross to bear and suffering. I think we as followers of Christ, has mislead a generation until a false sense of Christianity. Christianity is a religion of suffering and overcoming and persevering even under immense hardship. Our reward was never promised on this side of Heaven. The book of Hebrews speaks of people, followers of the one true God who died in Faith, who died without the promises of God fulfilled in their earthly lifetime. I too have realized that I have been bamboozled into believing in a fraudulent form of Christianity. I have to remind myself that I have surrendered my life to a suffering Christ. If my Lord and Savior suffered why do I feel surprised when I wake up in tears.