Faith Decision

23 10 2008

Hey guys,

 

Just another reminder that we’ve got our Trunk-or-Treat event coming up next Friday (Oct. 31st) at Second Friends.  This is your opportunity to do ministry in WYM.  God is showing the possibility, we simply need to respond.  Contact Jessica Thornburg to help jesela86@yahoo.com or 317-750-0152.

 

I’ve been thinking this week about what happens when you just don’t want to pray anymore.  What happens when it’s hard to choose to have faith?  When, for whatever reason, your head tells you to believe but your heart doesn’t want to?  I came across this devotional by Steven Case called “Faith Decision” that I wanted to share with you all.

 

The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle. (Matt. 17:20 MSG)

 

God’s blessings come from living a life of faith.  Make no mistake – God will put you to the test.  You can construct your life out of blocks balanced carefully one on top of the other, and stand on top of the pile and say, “I am a servant of God.”  But God will occasionally reach down and give the bottom block a kick.  Your life crashes.  You fall and God says, “Do you still have faith in me?  Are you still my servant?”  Or you may stand on a tower and scream, “I am your servant, God!” and get no response.  You may get nothing but silence to the point where you wonder if you’re just shouting at the wind.  Do you still have faith that God is there, and knows exactly what he’s doing?  A life of faith is not an eternal picnic.  It hurts.  It hurts a lot sometimes.  It is also capable of giving you indescribable joy.

Faith by its very nature must be tried, and the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character has to be cleared in our minds.  Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of unsyllabled isolation.  Never confound the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life, much that we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive.  Faith in the Bible is faith in God against everything that contradicts Him – I will remain true to God’s character whatever He may do.  “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” – this is the most sublime utterance of faith in the whole Bible. ~Oswald Chambers

 

Just between you and God: God can give you faith, so ask for it.  You may be tested when you least expect it.  You’re going to need all you can get.  Asking is not weakness; its strength.

 

Have faith. Keep faith. Use faith. Don’t lose faith. Have faith.

 

Praying for you this week!

 

To the King!

Katy

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