Growing up, I would often hear peoples say “I’m just keeping it real.” I came to understand that the concept of “keeping it real” meant being honest, to speak your mind, or share a truth about a matter; a truth that is based on your perception. However, there is a greater truth that will always trump what is seen in the natural world and to access this level of truth, we must operate in faith.
You see the idea of “keeping it real” takes on a different form in the spiritual realm. In fact, when dealing with faith, one must wonder what is real – the seen or the unseen. It’s very easy to believe what you can see. Faith, on the other hand, challenges us to believe what we cannot see, touch, and smell. It’s being confident that what we hope for will materialize in our life. Romans 4:19-21 MSG shares a story about Abraham and is faith in God’s promises for His life. The verse says that “Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said.” Abraham’s example shows us what it means to really “keep it real”. Though he acknowledges his natural truth of being older in age, He focused on God’s truth that says anything is possible for them that believe. Abraham’s “real” wasn’t based on His reality; it was centered on God’s truth.
So, how do you “keep it real”? Are you focusing on your truth, which is based on your perception or God’s truth? Your truth says, “I’m broke!” but God’s truth says, “I’m a lender and not a borrower”. Your truth says, “I’m sick”. God’s truth says, “I am healed”. Though you may not currently see it with your natural eyes, be assured that it is real. Why? Because God’s Word is true and all the promises in God are yes and amen.
I challenge you to keep it real; tell the truth but make sure it’s God’s truth as outlined in His Word. The more you proclaim God’s truth, the more it will become a reality in your life. Now that’s how you keep it real!
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Here are a few Bible verses to help you cultivate real faith:
Hebrews 11:1 New Living Translation – Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Romans 4:19-21 New Living Translation – And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.
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