Faith that smashes strongholds

Footsteps to Heaven Podcast Show

What do you wish could be better? Your life? Your relationships? Your faith? If it were better, what would it look like? The first step in making anything better is to envision what better really means. Then ask: How does Jesus envision it? What are Father God’s dreams for me in this? What is the Holy Spirit telling me about it? And: What strongholds are holding me back?

In this episode, Terry Modica shares how to break through the strongholds in your life so you can have a better, stronger faith. 

For more information about the book she mentions, “30 Days to the Heart of the Father”, go to gnm.org/books-by-Terry-Modica/30-days-to-Abbas-heart/.

Faith that smashes strongholds

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

Therefore the most important thing to improve is the faith life.

So, what does a better faith life look like for you? And what strongholds in your life are interfering with reaching this goal?

Now comes the most important question: What are you going to do about it? What effort are you willing to put in to make it better?

Jesus described what a good – really, really good — faith life looks like. The Gospels are filled with it. All the New Testament books show it and explain how to achieve it. The Book of Acts show that it’s possible to achieve.

In a nutshell, Jesus described it when he told us that the greatest commandment — the most important commandment — is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). 

Anything less is detrimental to our faith life. Anything less is mediocre. Lukewarm. And you know what Jesus thinks about mediocre faith? He said in Revelations 3:16, “Because you are lukewarm … I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!”

Why such a drastic reaction? Because he can’t work miracles through someone who has mediocre faith. He can’t change the world through us unless we come fully alive in faith — which is why he provided us with the Holy Spirit. 

So, back to the most important question: What are you going to do about it? What effort are you willing to put in to make it better?

If you’re not willing to make it better, if you put only minimal effort into it, this is a sin. It’s a lifestyle of sin, because it’s being less than who God designed you to be. It’s keeping you from fulfilling the dreams that God planted in you — dreams that feel important when you think about them, because they are important. 

Jesus allowed himself to be tortured and nailed to the cross to free you from this so you can be all that God designed you to be. He died for this! Giving him less than your best efforts — what does that say to him?

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”. This also means: Work at making things better with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”.

How do you begin? What’s the first step in reaching a fully alive, fully rewarding, dream-fulfilling faith? And with this, a better life and better relationships? Ask the Holy Spirit for help.

And do this every day! Step by step we become better at it. Step by step we grow in faith. Step by step we smash the strongholds that have been holding us back. Day by day. There’s no such thing as sitting down on this journey. When we stop moving forward, first we stagnate, then we start sliding backward. That’s because there are demons ready to pull you down. They are watching for the opportunity. And since giving God less than our best — being mediocre, lukewarm — is a sin, we’re in effect giving demons permission to drag us down.

This happens so easily! So Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Confession, which, because it is a sacrament, provides us with supernatural grace to grow stronger in resisting the temptation to feel satisfied with mediocrity.

God gives us everything necessary for a fully alive faith. He gave himself to us. Jesus died for this. The Holy Spirit was given to you for this. What are you going to do about it? What effort are you willing to put in to make it better?

 

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