When Your Doubts are Greater Than Your Faith Pt. I

When Your Doubts are Greater Than Your Faith Pt. I

It’s easy to say you believe God will come through when you have other options. When the operation is routine and the success rate is 95% our faith isn’t tested so much. When our disease can easily be treated with a pill three times a day there’s not a lot of pressure on our faith. But what do you do when the cancer has spread and is resistant to treatment? How do you trust God when the specialist says it’s gonna take a miracle and he apparently doesn’t believe in miracles? Or when he or she leaves and says I don’t want to be married to you anymore? And there you are with kids and bills and fear of the future. What do you do when all you have left is God?

Trust the Love of God

It was probably the first lesson that you ever learned about God. He loves you.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16, KJV)

God loves us. We hear it but do we believe it? To say God loves you is easy. It would almost be ridiculous to say that he doesn’t because it is the premise or the very foundation of our faith. But to fully comprehend the depth and breadth of his love is a life time of learning. But it begins with simply believing by faith. Sometimes we don’t feel that God loves us because naturally we have come to equate love with some type of feeling. But if you haven’t already discovered—feelings are fleeting and not always reliable. They change with the slightest breeze or shift in circumstances. God’s love doesn’t change. He loves you as much now as he ever will. He loves you perfectly. He loved you when you were messing it up royally, and just as much now as you are trying so desperately to get it right. And this is something you must know in your heart right in the middle of your greatest fight. If you can hold on to this you won’t lose. The enemy will challenge you on it because if can get you to doubt God’s love for you it will change everything. If God is not really for you…well…you may be on your own with this one. Not true! So remind yourself of his love every day.

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.(I John 3:16, NLT)

For those of us who have father issues, sometimes it’s hard to believe in a God that has our back at all time. But it is necessary to begin to comprehend the love of a good father who wants nothing but the best for you. He doesn’t want you sick, broke, sad or confused. These things are not of our father. He does not put bad stuff on you for sport.

“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands  so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. “(Psalms 91: 9-12)

Walk in Love

Now you know that God loves you, are you loving others? I don’t mean your best friend who’s seen you through everything since middle school. I’m not talking about your Momma. I mean the woman who sits across from you at work and never speaks to you and undermines all of your work effort. I’m referring to the neighbor that seems to have a problem with your kind in general. When we refuse to walk in love (even with the unlovable) it can halt our progress or success in every area of our life.

“For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope…The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Gal. 5:5-6, NIV)

When we are not walking in love we are often walking in judgment or condemnation of another. This glitches our relationship with the One who can bring us out because as we judge we will also be judge.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.(Matt. 7:1-2)

Just as we receive the love of Christ by faith we love others by faith.

Why Ignorance isn’t Bliss

Why Ignorance isn’t Bliss

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” (Is. 54:10, NIV)

I like a story that is so intriguing that it keeps you in the moment. It’s that story that can’t be easily broken by way of predictable plot twists and tired story lines. But it enraptures you and the writer leads you down the unknown path. It is those times that you trust the story, trust wherever it is headed. You are willing to follow.

We can’t live in those moments in real life which is why we look forward to them when we are allowed to escape reality.

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In the real world we are expected to face the truth about tragedy and disaster, dishonesty and impending doom, responsibilities and change. We are expected to talk election, figure out the best candidate and make the right choice. We count on each other to make the proper decisions based on what we know. And many times it is too much. The burden weighs on us, sapping our energy and spirit, leaving us jaded, confused and looking for a way out. We turn to ways to open the preverbal door of altered reality—and it comes in many forms.

It sometimes escapes us that there is a God who cares and who has purposely not equipped us to carry such weight. The doom we fear is to be averted. It is through prayer and relationship that we find peace and direction on what to do when we don’t know what to do. When we forget the source of our hope we forsake our solid foundation, our guiding light, our eternal beacon. We can live blissfully, not because we live in ignorance, but because of what we do know.

What do we do while we’re waiting for Change?

What do we do while we’re waiting for Change?

Waiting sometimes feels like wandering in darkness—seeking the light. We’ve prayed about change we feel it on the horizon and then…and then…nothing. It’s like God put up the preverbal finger and said, “Wait here, I’ll be with you in a moment.” What do we do while we are waiting on change?

 

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Be diligent and faithful in your present situation. Sometimes we become frustrated during those periods of quietness. In our restlessness we complain, withdraw our integrity, become weary and convince ourselves we will do better when something better comes along.

 

Walking in the darkness

We forget that God says”… Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, (HCSB-Col. 3:23). And that doesn’t just mean working like a boss at that dream job, but it means bringing that same enthusiasm to that ‘dead-end’ job, to that place of work where you feel undervalued, underappreciated; it is bringing it 100 percent to that job that you absolutely detest. When God has us in a holding place it is the perfect place—for now—withdrawing our diligence can delay our progress. When we become unfaithful, it dishonors God and makes waiting difficult, if not impossible.

Remember the last thing God instructed you to do and do it

We are always looking for something new—a fresh idea, a new venture—it gives off the sensation that life is moving, and progressing. But often new is not what we need. We need to pick up where we left off.

Do you remember when you got bored and uncomfortable with the path He’d placed you on and you decided you’d try something else? You were sick of hearing about the success and progress of others—new positions, promotions and acquisitions; there were the constant invites to friends’ and family members’  grand openings, baby showers and weddings and then of course there were the Facebook posts and Instagram pics. You thought I’ve got to be doing something wrong.  I must have missed it.

You walked away from it–quietly step away and into something more intense, interesting, easier, faster, and less humiliating–something that promised quick success only…it didn’t bring much of anything except a different spin on your ongoing frustration.

It is during times like these that God is testing a couple of things:

  • Obedience to Him
  • Trusting Him in what He has assigned you to do

Remember it was about 15 years between the time Samuel anointed young David as king and the time he finally begin to reign over the tribe of Judah. Preparation takes time and if your heart isn’t ready you aren’t ready.

Remember the last thing God told you to do. Are you doing it? Are you doing it with integrity? Well, keep doing it. He knows exactly where you are.

Stop Complaining

Complaining sabotages everything for which we work. Again, we read in the Word, “Do all things without murmuring and disputing.” (KJV 2000 Phil. 2:14) Complaining produces energy that is counterproductive to the results we want. It’s like putting bad gasoline in your car. It’s not going to perform as it should no matter how hard you press on the gas pedal.

Believe it or not complaining gives off negative energy and draws to us the exact opposite of what we want. Contrary to what we have heard expecting the worse in hopes we’ll get the opposite doesn’t work. The Word also tells us whatever we sow we reap. It we are constantly speaking negativity guess what we’ll get in return? Speak what you want and what He has promised you. Fill the atmosphere with positive words. Declare what God’s Word says about what you’re going through—and his Word always affirms His goodness.

Don’t give up. Don’t stop believing. The only one that can keep you from getting to there is you. Pressures may come but God has provided everything you need to make it. Take hold of the tools and resources. Renew your inner man daily. But whatever the cost, don’t give up.

Trust God. We trust that he has heard our prayers and that he cannot and will not forget or forsake us. It is His word. It does not change. When the world around us seems uncertain, His help and His presence are certain. You can count on it.

Today is that day: be inspired

Today is that day: be inspired

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Get Focused, Stay on Track

Get Focused, Stay on Track

 

 

 

There are a million things that will come in to view when you try to bring your goals in to focus.

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Everything isn’t meant to be a part of your objectives. It does not mean that you do not support, but…

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Know on what to set your attention.

 

And then….

focusGo and get it.