Tag Archive | faith

Micah 3:8 ” But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.”

The OT prophets had it pretty rough.  They faced rebuke and persecution from all sides, especially when their message was the total opposite of what the people wanted to hear.  So where did this boldness come from?  How were these mild-mannered, many times even timid men able to stand before Kings and High Priests proclaiming God’s Word?   It was the Holy Spirit within, enabling them to go boldly into battle for the Lord.  Are you brave enough to pray the prayer the Apostles did in Acts 4:29?  ” Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness.”  Boldness empowered by the Holy Spirit will change your perception.  For you’ll no longer have your limited vision, but God’s.

Psalm 107

I urge you to read this Psalm sometime today…for within the 43 verses, you’ll see yourself portrayed somewhere.  For this passage tells of those who wander and are lost.  It tells of being in desperate situations…places that invoke  feelings of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness.  There are the lost – those who are wandering alone in the wilderness.  There are the guilty – those who are slaves to sin and full of shame and self-loathing.  There are the fools – godless ones being deceived by the world.  Finally, there are the tossed – those who have been battered by life’s storms.  But in all these situations, when they cried out to God for help, He answered.   So despite what you’re going through today… God is there,  ready and willing to help you.

Matthew 15:27 ” Yes, Lord, she said, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

In this story, a Canaanite woman has approached Jesus asking Him to heal her demon possessed daughter.  At first Jesus is kind, but firmly tells her, “I’ve been sent to help the Jews.”  But she’s undeterred with her request, so He then says to her,  “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”  For most, that kind of rebuff would have stop them…but not her!  Yes, she thoroughly understands what Jesus is saying, but she also knows that He’s the only one who can save her daughter.  It’s by her tenacity and  tremendous faith…a faith that Jesus recognizes in her,  that her request is granted.

Proverbs 12:25 ” An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”

You can ask my husband, I intentionally engage checkout clerks, wait staff and anyone else who may be helping me.  I am polite and courteous,  asking how their day is going and allowing them to talk.  I ask thoughtful questions and encourage them with kind-hearted words.   The other day I was speaking to a sleepy looking cashier at a large retail store…come to find out he had worked until 1am and was back again at 4am for his next shift.  Sadly, we become so focused on our own agenda…our own needs…our own impatience – that we totally forget that it’s another human being standing in front of us, with their own story.   I challenge you this holiday season to give a kind word to all those assisting you…for you don’t know how it may cheer them up.

II Timothy 1:7 ” For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

As a Believer, you have been given the Spirit of adoption and strength.  No longer are you an orphan,  fearful of tomorrow.  No longer are you a slave to anxiety or dread, for you have been embraced by your Heavenly Father…taken in as family and becoming a joint heir with Jesus.

John 20: 27 ” Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.’ “

To me, doubt is the most debilitating and controlling weapon Satan uses against us.  We can be the  strongest of  Christians with absolute trust and confidence in our Savior…but when the tiniest bit of doubt  creeps into our minds,  suddenly we’re filled with questioning, uncertainty, and apprehension.  And a lot of these times it’s not that we’re doubting God …we’re doubting what God can to do through us.  Self-doubt will stop God’s plans and purposes for our life…self-doubt is like telling the Lord, “You don’t know what you’re doing, I know better.”  As Jesus told Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe.”

II Chronicles 15:2 ” The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

People have really good excuses why they don’t want anything to do with God.  “Religion is only for the weak that need a crutch.”  “I’ll get right with God when I get old and about to die…you know, like Fire Insurance…something you have just incase.”  “I don’t believe any of that mumbo-jumbo Jesus garbage.”   So when you’re confronted by this, what is the best answer?  The Truth.  You don’t need to defend God…He’s perfectly capable of defending Himself, thank you.  You state the Truth in love, but neither do you water down the Truth to make it more palatable for all.   The Truth is,  if you forsake God, He’ll reject you…forever.