Scripture tells us in Hebrews 10:38 that the just shall live by faith. For the writer, living includes writing. By extension, then, I have learned that I must not only live by faith; I must also write by faith.
What does it mean to write by faith? Let’s look first at what it means to live by faith. To live by faith means to do the following:
1) To trust God to accomplish His purposes through me;
2) To trust God to give me the wisdom, understanding, and discernment I need to cooperate with His plan for my life;
3) To make God’s Word the final authority in my life;
4) To live with a Kingdom mindset as opposed to a worldly mindset.
5) To believe that I am who God says I am; I can do what God says I can do; and I can have what God says I can have.
Keeping these points of living by faith in mind, then, how do I apply them to my writing life? In other words, how do I write by faith?
1) To write by faith means to trust God to accomplish His purposes through my writing. One of my favorite Bible promises in this regard is Proverbs 16:3: “Put your works into the hands of the Lord, and your purposes will be made certain.”
2) To write by faith means to trust God to give me the wisdom, understanding, and discernment I need to write the stories of His heart.
3) To write by faith means to make God’s Word the final authority in my life no matter what is going on in my life. It means to focus on God’s promises, not on my problems.
4) To write by faith means to realize that I am cooperating with God through my writing to enforce His Kingdom on the earth. I am occupying my assigned territory until Jesus Christ returns.
5) To write by faith means to believe that, because God has called me to write for Him, He will equip me with all that I need to get the job done.
Are you writing by faith just as you live by faith? If not, repent and regroup. Writing by faith will revolutionize your writing life and bring God’s supernatural power to bear on the written words that proceed out of your heart to touch your circle of influence for Christ.
Copyright 2013 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.