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Faith: Believing God Despite The Odds

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If God says something will happen, our faith is not in waiting to see if that thing happens, but in believing it will happen despite our circumstances.

I’ve been musing over Romans 4 and it’s account of how Abraham’s belief in what God told him was accounted to him for righteousness. I know, that’s a lot of Biblical Jargon there but what it simply means is that Abraham wasn’t considered a righteous man because he did what God instructed him to do, neither was it because of the end result of his interactions with God. He was considered a righteous man because he believed God.

Romans 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

When God told Abraham that he and his wife would have a son and from that son Abraham would become the father of many nations he didn’t question the logistics behind that promise. Let’s be real, here’s God telling a 75 year old man that he and his 90 year-old wife would have a child. And if that wasn’t enough the child didn’t come immediately but instead he waited a further 25 years before he saw the fulfilment of that promise.

There are a lot of lessons which can be learned when you study the book of Genesis and Abraham’s interaction with God while he waited for God’s word to be fulfilled. However, I’d like to focus on the fact that God is true to His word. When he makes a promise to us he is faithful to keep it. What I find interesting though is how easy it is to disregard or question God’s promises when they don’t happen in the way or the time frame within which we desire.

As I evaluate my own life I see areas where I would have doubted God and the promises He’s made to me. So many times – especially when I felt down – I questioned whether the things God has spoken to me and has prophesied over my life were ever going to happen. I thought about the many promises in the bible that I once held dear to my heart but chose to stop hoping in because I didn’t see the evidence of them in my life presently.

Today, as I mediated on Romans 4 I felt a renewal of hope in the reminder that our faith is simply believing that God will do what he said he would do. Faith is believing that Christ will finish the work He’s started in me despite my current situation. Faith is believing the I am more than a conquerer in Christ on even on my worst days. Faith is believing that God will provide my every need once I seek Him first even when the bills are piling up and my bank account is running low.

The reality is that faith and righteousness go hand-in-hand. Whatever God has said He will do in your life believe that He will do it. Don’t let your circumstances influence your faith. If God can fulfil his promise of a child to a 100 year-old man and his 115 year-old wife, he is more than capable of doing what he said he would in your life.

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Childlike Faith: Just do what you’re told

Today I witnessed the most beautiful thing. I sat through a three hour long service where the message was on the renewal of the mind through the Holy Spirit. The message was great;it was one of those “on point” messages, that gave me some much needed encouragement. This however wasn’t the highlight of the service for me.

The church I visited today is a small one with about two dozen persons in attendance including just over half a dozen children. Throughout the service the children; between 4 and 7 years old, kept interrupting the pastor with their occasional bursts of laughter or the sudden increase in their volume whenever the game they were playing reached a high-point. The pastor who has four children of his own, used admirable techniques to keep the little group in check without causing somber looks to cover their faces.

At the end of the message the pastor asked anyone who needed prayer to come to the altar. Surprisingly enough the entire group of little ones were the first to rush to the altar in a neat line awaiting prayer. While this in itself was enough to put a smile on my face what happened next caused me to marvel silently. The pastor diligently prayed for all the youngsters who made their way to the front and when he reached one little girl in particular, the congregation was asked to stretch their hands toward her as he believed God to heal her body. At this point all of her young comrades stood around her and stretched their hands toward her believing God for her healing as instructed.

I can’t say whether they understood what they were doing or not, but the the obedience they executed was astonishing. They didn’t question what was asked of them nor did they stop to work out the logistics of how this healing would take place or anything of the sort. They simply did as instructed and lifted their hands toward their friend.

As I looked on in awe I began comparing their radical obedience to the lack of such in my life. There are so many times I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit asking me to act and although I knew the command was not of myself but of God I never moved. I always stop and wonder how foolish I’d look or sound if I do what I was being led to do especially if the results aren’t what I expect it to be.What would my friends say, or my coworkers? Would I look like a crazy woman? What if it wasn’t God, what then? These questions would usually cripple me and I’d soon be praying a prayer of repentance for neglecting to act and asking God to embolden me for the next encounter.

Tonight I can’t help but wonder what would happen if I simply act from now on. If like those children I do what God is asking me to do and see what the results are? What if I put self and pride aside and take the risk? The truth is I don’t know if I can do it. I can’t say if I have the courage to speak to the stranger in the street or stop and lay hands on the woman who has a back injury in my office and believe God for her healing.

My heart’s desire is to be radically obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. I always marvel at the stories I hear of persons who acted and saw the miraculous wonders of God manifested through them and my heart aches for such an experience. Watching those children’s radical obedience has challenged me. Tonight I have decided to act the next time I’m led to. I’m going to believe God to work through me and I’ll exercise radical obedience when next I am called upon to do so. Knowing God the call would probably come when I least expect it and the instruction might be the furthest thing from my mind but what I do know is the experience would be one I would never forget.

What about you? Have you acted and seen God move through you before? or do you, like me suffer from fear when called upon to act? I’d love to hear what your experience has been like.

I hope that you’d remember to pray for me in this area and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress.

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God: The First Exerciser of Faith

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Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

From the moment I had my encounter with God my greatest desires were to serve Him, please Him and be used by Him. I’ve applied the bible’s principles to my life as much as I can and I earnestly strive for that life of holiness as I genuinely wish to please this amazing God that I serve. I want so badly to see great miracles manifested by Him through me and I stand on His promise that we; the church, will be able to do greater works than even Christ did while on earth John 14:12. These of course will only happen if we activate our faith in Him.

I’ve been focusing on Hebrews 11 for the past couple days and in an effort to further understand what true faith is I’ve begun reading the old testament to see how great men of old exercised their faith in God. I’ll be honest, I started at the beginning of Genesis only because God led me to start there. What I really wanted to do was skip past the creation of the earth (because I’ve heard and read it so many times) and go directly to where Noah started building the ark. Thankfully I was obedient, because I didn’t get past the first four verses of chapter one when God revealed he was the first person to exercise an act of faith in the bible.

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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

The highlighted portions of the scripture above is the epitome of faith. God exercised faith from the beginning of creation!  Here we have God, looking upon the earth, seeing nothing with which he could make light out of and he exercises faith by speaking that light into being. God didn’t command the light to come forth from any particular place neither did he go into the dynamics of how that light would be engineered. He simply knew that he needed light and called it forth. Whether that light would please Him or not was still to be established.

So imagine God; all powerful, creator of everything, calling forth light from an empty space, believing it to come into existence because He understood the power he had and then waiting for that light to be created to determine whether it was good and pleasing to Him or not. That in essence is what faith is about. Faith is acting and believing that something will occur when there is no evidence of how it’s occurrence will come to pass.  Activation of faith will be sending out a resume when people everywhere are being laid off and the economy is at it’s worst and expecting to get a call because the favor of God is upon you. Faith is choosing to dance and praise God when the bills have piled up, you’ve received an eviction letter from the bank and your children’s school tuition is due simply because you believe that God is your provider and He will make a way.

When we can follow the example God set from the beginning of time and understand the power that works in us through the Holy spirit, we can then exercise our belief in that power by speaking to those things that are not in existence believing them to be manifested because of the promise given to us in God’s word.  This, I believe is the secret to living a life pleasing to God.

Faith goes past belief, you have to do something to activate it. God didn’t sit back and imagine what the world would be like and waited for it to be manifested he activated His faith in the power he had by speaking to a dark, void space and expecting what he asked for to come into being.  After he received what he asked for he then examined it and found that it was good.

If we are to see the promises of God come to pass in these end times we need to move past begging and petitioning God for miracles and start exercising and activating our faith. We need to speak and expect what we ask for to come into being understanding that it is for the honor and glory of God. We have the power to change those things that affect us. We have the power to heal the sick and bring change to the atmosphere around us. As believers in Christ we all have the power to do great works in Jesus’ name if we’d only activate our faith.

God gave us the perfect example of what it means to activate our faith. The question is, will you harness that power and activate yours?

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Daily Dose – Appreciation For Mercy

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Deuteronomy 4:31  (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

Even when we fail God, He does not fail us. He knows our frailty and has mercy when we come to Him seeking forgiveness and wanting to change our ways.

Mercy never holds grudges or seeks revenge, but it wants the best for forgiven sinners.

So our merciful Lord calls us to make changes that show we appreciate what he has done for us.

Is some appreciation called for in your life?

*Everyday Encouragement – Pamela L. Mcquade

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Daily Dose – Purposeful Plan

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Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Life doesn’t always look ideal to us. When finances are tight, family problems are serious, or things just don’t seem to go our way, we may doubt that God is working in our lives.

That’s the time we need to reread this verse and take heart. Even things that don’t seem good have a purpose in God’s plan.

As Christians, we can trust in Him, even when life is less than perfect.

*Everyday Encouragement – Pamela L. Mcquade

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Daily Dose – Ask For Help

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Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Don’t feel shy about approaching Jesus with all your cares.

As God’s child, you have a special place in His heart.

When you have failed, you need not fear coming to the King of kings for mercy and grace.

He is just waiting for you to admit the problem and ask for help. Seek Jesus’ aid, whatever your trouble.

That’s what he wants you to do.

*Everyday Encouragement – Pamela L. Mcquade

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Daily Dose – God Offers Hope

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Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

As Judah headed into exile, conquered by a savage pagan people, God offered them hope.

Their prosperity was not an end, though their path through hardship had begun.

When God leads you up a rocky path, your hope and future remain secure in Him.

Faithful trust is all He asks of you.

*Everyday Encouragement – Pamela L. Mcquade

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Receive His Strength

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Psalm 9:9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

The Psalms often speak of God as a refuge. Whether you face something large, like oppression, or something much smaller, He wants you to turn to Him in perilous times.

Size does not matter, but your trust in Jesus does.  Nothing you face is a shock to Him; He knows your troubles and has not deserted you.

So  go to your refuge and take strength from Him.

*Everyday Encouragement – Pamela L. Mcquade

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Daily Dose – On My Knees

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Luke 22:41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down,and prayed

When was the last time you knelt before God?

Jesus, on the night he was betrayed went before His Father on bent knees to make his request known.

Jesus showed us that the most humble way we can approach our Father is on our knees. When we approach God in humility he provides strength for our journey.

On our knees we a physically vulnerable but spiritually powerful. Maybe it’s time we begin to exercise our spiritual authority.

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Testimony – Benign

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Benign, Benign, Benign, Benign!!! I feel like I could say that all day long.

I told you all about my surgery last week Tuesday to remove a lump from my breast and have it tested. (Off to Surgery)

My surgery went really well. I was awake during the entire thing, I didn’t feel any pain and I got the best surgeon in the hospital to work on me. During my two days at the hospital I realized that God has blessed me with a remarkable support system. My family and members of my church who knew really encouraged me and made me feel special.

I’m the type of person that likes to help others. I like to be there for other people and show support any way I could. When I found out that I had to do surgery I didn’t want to tell anyone because I wasn’t worried and I didn’t want anyone to worry either. So, I told my mom and sisters, the members of the youth committee I sit on and my pastors. As God would have it the only inspiration I got to write the Monday I was checking in to the hospital was the fact that I was going in for surgery and I was expecting God to see me through successfully.

That day I got the most amount of views from persons in Trinidad ( I was actually surprised that so many people pay attention to my posts from home). People started writing, texting and calling to offer words of encouragement and see how I was doing. Some where along those concerns I realized that I don’t need to go it alone. I am truly blessed with a battalion of wonderful people who genuinely care for me and for that I am thankful.

Yesterday I went back to the doctor to have my bandages removed and receive the results of the test. I must admit I thought about what it would be like if I had cancer, and the thought itself was frightening. As I sat in the doctor’s office I literally breathed a sigh of relief when I was told that the lump was benign and I would be fine. Isn’t God amazing!

In my rejoicing I am also saddened because someone very near to me called me the day before I got my results and told me they tested positive for cancer. I cried uncontrollably when I got the news. A myriad of thoughts flooded my mind as I compared my situation to theirs and my fears of facing the same fate. I thank God that I am cancer free, but I also pray for my friend and all those who are battling that disease today.

I trusted God to see me through my situation and I’m trusting him to do the same for my friend. I believe God is a healer and I stand on his word which says……………. And by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). I am trusting God to have his way in my friend’s life and the life of every believer who put their trust in him for healing. God is a good and faithful God and I am believing him for miracles.

– Akeela Marin

 

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