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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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Walk it Out

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV) For we walk by faith, not by sight.

I’m pretty sure walking by faith is supposed to be encouraging news. Yet, we can hear that statement and find ourselves scared. What? You mean I don’t see what’s coming or the solution? I just have to believe that God is taking care of it? Yes!

See, our relationship is built on faith in God. Our salvation is built on the faith that we believe in God’s master plan for Jews and Gentiles to be saved through the life and death of Jesus Christ. The foundation of what we have with God is faith built. So it shouldn’t be that big of an issue to walk by faith.

Half of what we see everyday we wouldn’t believe if someone had told us in advance. For many of us, no one could have convinced us that we would have accomplished the things that we have in our lifetime. So to walk by faith shouldn’t be so jarring. As Christians, it’s what you do.

You faithfully believe. You faithfully obey. And you faithfully wait. And God always, always faithfully does His part. It’s a formula that has been proven time and time again to work.

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Worry and Faith (Part 2)

Yesterday I talked about how easy it is to worry. And then how hard it is once you start. Today I want us to look at Matthew 9:29.

The he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”

For some, this is a very exciting verse to read. For others, it is scary. Why? Faith levels.

If you read the Bible and at any point read that God says based on your faith, and you don’t get excited, that’s not good. You see, the Bible is full of promises and confirmations. God is not any different today than He was back then (Hebrews 13:8). He is the same God that will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). He is the same God that has never failed, and guess what, He won’t fail today.

So why do we fail to plant our mustard seed? Why are so afraid to have faith in a God that will water and fertilize the very seed that we cling so tightly on? Why are we still operating at ground zero faith levels?

I think it’s time we start individually asking ourselves, because of my faith, what will happen?

 

 

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