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Hall of Faith

dbd929bb-344b-436a-ba7a-97f52700a2af.pngHebrews 11:1-2

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

As I read Hebrews 11, the most famous chapter on faith in the Bible, it reads differently to me. Obviously, the words are the same as they have always been, but I read it and can’t help but feel challenged.

As I read the miraculous events that took place because people had faith in God that He could do what He said, I am challenged.

It doesn’t take much faith to stay at a job you don’t love because you have faith you’ll get paid. It’s not much of a leap to write a blog, but never submit your book because you think it’s safer. I mean really, it doesn’t take much to do what I already do. But it would take faith to leave it behind in pursuit of God-given dreams.

If there were a Hall of Faith written today, what would my story say? Would my faith walk make the cut? These questions plague me, but it’s their answers that haunt me. Because right now, I can say I probably wouldn’t make the cut, and that’s just not only not good enough, but it’s unfortunate as well.

 Hebrews 11:33-34

By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.

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You 2.0 – “New” Series

2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

The beauty in becoming a true Christian is the change that comes with it. God, in His love, actually changes us when we become Christians. As His Holy Spirit dwells within us, we have the luxury of not only seeing our lives and purpose in a different way, but pretty much everything around us. We become a new person. What do I mean? Well, let’s look. 

  1. Our thoughts change when we become Christians. Ephesians 4:23, Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. As a Christian, I don’t entertain the thoughts I used to. I recognize their wrongness and have to make the decision to refuse to dwell on such things. 
  2. My life is no longer about me being the center of attention. My decisions are no longer about how only I am affected by them, but how others are. Philippians 4: 3,  Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 
  3. Desires change as we become new people. The things of earthly value begin to diminish in appeal as you grow in your relationship with God. And obtaining the newest thing or things in general just doesn’t seem to matter anymore. 1 John 2:17, And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 
  4. Your purpose in life takes a turn. You begin to realize how much you matter and how much serving your purpose matters for God’s Kingdom. 1 Timothy 6:12, Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. 
  5. Lastly, your view of sin changes. You practically ache from the reality of the distance that sin has placed between you and God. You can’t help but thank God for the opportunity to repent for the sins committed. Ezekiel 36:31, Then you will remember your past sins and despise yourselves for all the detestable things you did. 

And while there is much more that takes place as we become new persons, these are just a few of the things that have taken place in my life. Won’t you accept Christ today to experience all this and then some?  

Today is the day of salvation. 

2 Corinthians 6:2 For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 

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The Wrong Mountain

file-2I don’t think we could ever overdo the conversation of obedience. Obedience is love. It’s such a big deal that God compares disobedience to witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). So, since we’re talking about obedience, let’s talk about Abraham.

Most people know the story of Abraham and Isaac. And the test he went through to prove his love and obedience to God. This test ended with Abraham not having to sacrifice his own son, as was the original command from God.

What I believe, is that Abraham’s obedience saved Isaac’s life. Let’s think about it.

Abraham didn’t know which mountain he was supposed to go to. “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you” (Genesis 22:2). God told him to take his son, go to Moriah and then he would show him the mountain. And of course, as the story goes, once Abraham was there a ram was stuck in the bushes which in turn became Abraham’s sacrifice instead of Isaac. But, what if?

What if Abraham wasn’t obedient? What if Abraham didn’t go to Moriah? Even simpler, what if he didn’t go to the mountain God showed him? He would have only partially obeyed God’s command and partial obedience is still disobedience.

You see, I understand the foreshadowing details of this story. I understand the parallels. I understand the test. But what I’ve recently learned is that it was complete obedience to God that kept Isaac alive. Not the ram, not perfect timing, and certainly not coincidence. Obedience.

In essence, what I believe is that God will always provide a ram in the bush, it’s just that we keep on going to the wrong mountain.

 

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If I had more faith

I could move mountains.

But maybe I should serve

And wipe off the water fountain.

 

I could change the world

If I had more power

Or maybe I could change it

If  I volunteered for an hour.

 

Think of what I could do

With a little more money

Or maybe I could offer tissue

To the person whose nose is runny.

 

Think of the possibilities

If I had a better title

Isn’t the title of servant

The most vital?

 

Wishing I had a better car

Is that so wrong?

Only when there is no gratitude

In your song.

 

More and more

We think that’s what it takes

When really it’s more love

That makes the world great.

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He Shows Up and Shows Out

God really is good. He really is in the blessing business.

I think of how many days I spent in prayer for a job after relocating. I think about the frustration and the waiting period that seemed unending. And then I think about all the moments God told me to give it to Him. He’s got it.

I think about how He provided in the meantime. Bills were paid, food was on the table (yeah, we’ve gained the newlywed weight), and we really haven’t gone without anything. And all I could hear was God saying, “I got it. Let me show out for My glory and your benefit. Don’t stress. Just make the effort, and I’ll do the rest.”

And once I finally let it go, and let God do what He does best, He showed up and showed out. Just like He always does. I went from a part-time after school job, to two full-time job offers with great non-profit organizations in a matter of weeks.

I’m no resume, interview guru. But I don’t have to be, because God is God. He was working all this time. At just the right time, He provided something part-time to open the door for a full-time opportunity. And because I promised God with every opportunity He provided for me, I was going to be sure to tell people about it, I had to post this.

God really is good. It doesn’t matter if you believe in Him or not. He’s still good. And the fact that He is giving you life knowing that you don’t believe in Him is even more evidence of His love and goodness.

When it seems like I have nothing going on, God is up to something. And when I step down, He steps up. And when He steps up, He shows up and shows out, every time.

Psalm 90:17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

 

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Puzzle Piece Faith

Again, God has been dealing with me when it comes to faith. And thankfully, He turned the light bulb on and gave me an epiphany. God sees the whole puzzle when I only have a piece. He has the puzzle picture and He knows where each piece goes in order to complete the puzzle. I don’t. It’s that simple. So when God tells me to walk by faith, it’s because He already knows how the picture looks.

But that’s not even all the good news. He’s asking me to walk by faith in His abilities. Don’t you know that God is all powerful, all knowing, and ever present? He can do anything and be anywhere. He knows it all. And He’s asking me to walk by faith in His abilities! Yay!

God is not asking me to have faith in my own abilities. That’s the good news about it all. He’s asking me to have faith in His power at work in me. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I don’t have to stress about anything that I can’t accomplish because He can. And that’s the point. The best place to be in life is knowing that you need God. And knowing that He knows what the picture looks like and that He’s trusting me to have faith in His abilities is the crucial piece of the puzzle.

 

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Faith

It takes just a little

Not a whole lot

Just one drop

To stir in the pot.

 

Walk by it

Not by sight

Fight that battle

Win the fight.

 

When all else fails

Faith, hope, and love endure

When there is no other remedy

Faith is the cure.

 

Just a mustard seed size

Not the whole tree

A small seed is just enough

To set you free.

 

Just a little bit of faith

A little bit of hope in things unseen

Is all you need

To overcome all the obstacles in between.

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