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Words of the Week – Faith Must Be Exercised Daily
By Joshua Apparicio, Contributing Youth Writer
Published September 5, 2018

Joshua Apparicio (photo by Shirmin Apparicio)

When I think about faith, I can share the faith I had to have while my mom and I were homeless. We had to rely on faith as our daily food. But, as James 2:17 says, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” I had to apply my faith in class, on the playground and anywhere I went knowing that I had asked God to help me.

During our time in the valley, after my mom lost her job and everything else, we truly relied on God’s promises in the Word. We were never hungry, God always provided for us. I remember my mom asking God, “Which raven will you use to bring us food this day?”

Our faith came from 1 Kings 17:6, “And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.” We had to rely on God for everything. As we relied on man, we were disappointed every time. But whenever we relied on God, we were never disappointed.

As a 13-year-old young man and a leader for my generation, I vehemently and firmly believe in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith, it is impossible to please God: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder to them that diligently seek Him.” Having faith on a daily basis is my life and it’s what saw me through difficulties earlier in my life.

Your faith must be exercised daily in order for you to see the results of God’s promises to us. I truly believe I have had God’s favor in my life. Without trusting God, my life would have been different. I encourage you all to trust God in all of your decision strategies. Put God first and you’ll begin to see the fruits of your labor.

I’m 13-years-old, and I know the earnest importance of the Word of God and having faith. Remember God wants the best for us. He can change the doubts we have in our hearts and is able to inspire and place a fresh measure of faith in our hearts when we least expect it. God provides all we need as stated in Ephesians 2:89, “For by grace we are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, which is the gift of God.”

There are times we have had to rely on our faith, especially at the end of the month when we don’t seem to have a lot of choices in the pantry or the refrigerator. My mom often refers to our findings as our “ram in the bush,” that God will certainly supply all our needs.

I encourage you all to trust in the Lord and exercise your faith whenever you pray and ask God for anything. As it states in Matthew 21:22, “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Once I understood how easy it was to apply faith to my everyday life, I decided to have it no other way.

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