Author Archives: Shanae Branham

Changing Hearts through Faith

Why are strong relationships built upon a foundation of faith? In the Merriam-Webster dictionary faith is also defined as “allegiance to duty or a person: loyalty”. Loyalty is a crucial component to happy relationships because when two people are loyal to each other there is a feeling of strong support for the other person. Having someone have your back is an amazing feeling. Knowing that the people you love will be there when you need them, will think the best of you, and will do their best to help you is the essence of love. I’m not perfect and I haven’t always been this kind of friend. But it is certainly something to strive towards.

The older I have become and the more experiences I have had where people have let me down, the harder it has become to be loyal to people. But Jesus Christ taught “But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away they coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. (St Matthew 5:39-41)”; so if I am faithful, I must strive to overcome my disappointments, hurts, pride, and petty feelings. With God’s help, painful incidents can give me the chance to develop a more charitable heart. And who knows, sometimes when you find love for someone who doesn’t deserve it, the process doesn’t only change your heart, it changes the offender’s heart, too.

Faith Trusts the Lord

Faith believes the sun will come up each morning because God made it that way. Faith understands that God created this earth and all that is upon it for our good. Faith knows God wants us to succeed, but He has given us the agency to choose for ourselves. This agency, not God, is whatContinue Reading

Ask in Faith Nothing Wavering

What does it mean to ask in faith with nothing wavering? In James 1:5-6, it states, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth isContinue Reading

Faith is Developed by Obedience

In 1 Corinthians 13:13, it says, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, but which are true and must be centered in Jesus Christ in order to produce salvation. In the Bible dictionary, it says, “Miracles doContinue Reading

Hope Differs from Faith

So how does faith differ from hope? In Hebrews 11:1, it says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” If faith is the substance of things hoped for, then it must reason that you have to hope first. Hope is an aspiration for something good that opens theContinue Reading

Hope is like Magic

To hope against hope is to hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment. In Romans 8:24 it states, “We are saved by hope…, but hope that is seen is not hope”. Hope is never backed up with actual proof. When you are in the state of hoping, you don’t have any evidence that assures youContinue Reading