Faith: it can be difficult to exercise. It is wonderful to read the definition of faith as given in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ”
Yet when you really want a circumstance t o come past, don’t you start looking for some tangible evidence that the circumstance is changing? I certainly do.
As I hear the Word and read the Word of God more thoroughly I am being challenged to not look for the “tangible” evidence.
Faith in itself does not need to be verified by my physical senses. My faith (trust, reliance) in God’s ability to perform everything and the depth of God’s love for me is my evidence that circumstances will work out for my good.
How do you know when you’re walking in faith?
Unconditional love: everyone wants it and needs it from at at least one other person on the planet.
Yet, it can feel so exasperating to actually follow through with it when your the one that has to love unconditionally.
I was thinking of one of my family members who needs my unconditional love and support. I make attempts at loving unconditionally, and then he does something that makes me angry. Out flies the “unconditional love” mantra, up goes my get-away-from-me-now-away exterior, and then I have to start all over again.
I was once encouraged that I should be able to love anyone unconditionally. I was told to ask myself, ” How crummy can a person be that you could not love them? Then think of yourself. You were at least that crummy, yet Jesus loved you and died for you anyway?”
Great words, right? Oh Father, help me to reach this pinnacle.
What helps you to love unconditionally?
Romans 5:8 (King James Version) — But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:18-19 (King James Version) — Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Last week I talked of needing God to help me get through life. He did. He helped me to see my need to trust Him more. I often talk of trusting God, yet when the situation gets rough, I waver. I start thinking, “Where is God? Doesn’t He see what happening to me? I know He loves me, so why is He allowing me to suffer?” And when the situation gets REALLY rough tears and more anxiety follow.
God is showing me, all the more, that these questions are stemming from my soul, the seat of my emotions. God is also showing me that my soul is not to dominate my existence. God wants my spirit (spirit man) to be stronger than my soul.
Plus, I must, I must learn to have godly waiting habits. I can not pout, complain, worry, fret, or practice envy while waiting for my circumstances to change. None of these habits bring Him any honor. I want what God wants. So, to the praying saints, please pray and agree with me that I have crossed the line into spiritual maturity. May surviving these last days be the signal that I have and will for the remainder of my days wholly walk after the Spirit and not the flesh.
Feeling like I’ve progressed in my Christian walk brought back pieces of a song entitled, Brand New Life to my mind.
I moved from my old house
I moved from my old friends
I moved from my old way of strife
Thank God I moved out to a brand new life
He changed my old way with words
He changed my old leveled mind
He changed my heart and gave me a new start
Thank God I moved out to a brand new life
(Note: This song is usually sung in terms of going from a non-believer to a born-again Christian. Today I am getting joy in it because I feel like I’ve just gotten an upgrade. (You know how you feel when you move from the small house to the bigger house with amenities. 🙂
The full words to the song Brand New Life can be found at http://www.music-lyrics-gospel.com/gospel_music_lyrics/brand_new_life_16034.asp
I Peter 4:2 “That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.”
This post is for us. Often in “church circles” the preacher will say “we” when he or she is really talking to the audience and not necessarily applying the comment being made to him or herself.
Today I am posting this for us and I really mean us. I needed to encourage myself in the Lord. And I am sure that there are many others out there right now who also need to trust in God’s help and concern for us.
I wanted to reach so many with this encouraging thought. So I am even venturing to put this scripture in Spanish as well as English.
Hold on help is on the way!
Psalm 121: 1-2 (KJV)
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
¡La ayuda está en la manera!
Salmos 121 NVI
1 A las montañas levanto mis ojos;
¿de dónde ha de venir mi ayuda?
2 Mi ayuda proviene del Señor,
creador del cielo y de la tierra.
(Spanish scripture is taken from http://www.biblica.com/bible/verse/index.php?q=psalm+121&nvi=yes&submit=Lookup
Pssst…To all the Spanish speakers out there, do you believe the above link is to a good Spanish bible website ? 🙂
Be encouraged that Jesus can help you get over any habit, get through any circumstance, and show you how to live victoriously.
I was reminded of this again yesterday as the woman of God preached about how Lazarus was brought back to life by Jesus (St. John, Chapter 11) After Jesus calls Lazarus out of the tomb, Jesus instructs that Lazarus would be loosed and set free of his grave clothes.
Oh, that Jesus would visit us so that we too can say we were loosed of “things” and set free!
There are obviously many of you who do not believe in the LORD God or any god for that matter. I thought to go all-out and write a flurry of comments defending God. But I decided against working myself into a frenzy. To do so would not have been god-glorifying and certainly unnecessary. GOD can and will defend Himself !
Before I switch to another topic though, I wanted to say that God loves you. It is no never mind to me that at this point in your life you do not acknowledge Him or love Him. It is my duty and privilege to tell you that He loves you.
One more thing: while you may not acknowledge Him, He is acknowledging you by giving you the life that you now live. He knows where you are. At any time should you change your mind and decide to reach out to Him, He will be waiting for you. In the new testament of the bible, you can find II Peter 3:9where it is stated, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
For those of you who will change your mind, repent, and come to God, if I never meet you on this side, see you in heaven. 🙂