It’s easy to love the Lord when things are going good in our lives. But I find out if I really love the Him during difficult times and trials and tribulations.
Fear is unbelief in action. It reveals who my focus is on, is it on the Lord or is it on me? Do I depend upon the Lord or rely on my strength?
Trials and tribulations are instruments God uses for good in our lives. If I trust God during hard times my faith is strengthened. My love for Christ Jesus grows.
Do I really believe, do my thoughts and actions reflect the truth of Scripture that He is the Potter and I am the clay? Clay being molded doesn’t get off the Potter’s wheel and protest, whine and complain. Instead the clay submits to the skillful hands of the Potter.
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.
If I really believed that God hears my prayers would that change how I prayed? If I really believed that God cares and that He answers prayers…how would I pray? If I was confident that God is who the Bible says He is and can do what He says He can do…what would I pray for?
The first thing that comes to mind is that I would pray more often.
I would pray about everything.
I would pray with boldness and confidence.
I would be more faithful in prayer for family, friend, strangers and even my enemies.
I would pray with a sense of peace and assurance that my heavenly Father hears me.
I would pray more personally.
I could hardly wait to pray…to run to the throne of my Abba Father who cares for me.
I would pray with trust and know that no matter what, God is doing a good work in the situation and my character.
I would be certain that His “No” is because he is working out a greater good.
My prayers would have an eternal vision…not only looking for answers this side of heaven.
I would care less about what people thought about me and more about what my heavenly Father has to say.
I would desire to have more time with my Abba Father.
I would be excited to share with others the wonderful news about the Gospel message so that they too can be saved and have their sin debt paid in full by Jesus Christ.
I wouldn’t give a hoot or holler what unbeliever or doubters had to day…because I would believe God.
When attacked by the enemy…I would run to the throne of grace.
I would desire to be sanctified, set apart so that nothing would interfere with my prayer life and relationship with God.
I would pray more fervently.
Salvation, salvation, salvation would be my primary prayer because I know that God desires that no one would perish but all would come to repentance…and there is nothing more important in life.
I would have the joy of the Lord even during the hard times.
I wouldn’t try to get through life and difficult circumstances on my own strength.
Of sight walking faith
Instead of believing the Lover of my soul
I believe the one who seeks to steal, kill and destroy
I surrender certain victory in Christ
For continuous daily defeat
I swap the strength of the Lord
For my weakness
I exchange the truth of God
For a lie
I trade the peace of God that passes all understanding
For worry, anxiety and stress
I substitute praying to God in faith
With meditating on my problems
by Susan Bunts Wachtel
May 18, 2010
Discontentment, a critical attitude, a negative spirit, doubt and unbelief are not of God.
I may think that I’m just being critical of another person…but more importantly I’m being critical of God. When I do that I demonstrate a lack of trust in God, His character and His purpose in allowing difficult people or challenging circumstances into my life.
Yesterday, when my mind was jumbled with emotions, God helped me to recognize that I was sinning against Him and others. He helped me to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Basically, God told me to drop and give him 50 praises. Every time that I was tempted to whine or be critical…God challenged me to instead turn it around and give Him praise and offer thanks.
It’s not easy to do that…but it is good and it is right. To do that I am fighting my own selfish, sinful nature. I can choose to be lazy and let my thoughts take me wherever they want to go. Or I can take captive every thought. When I do that, I’m denying myself and choosing to believe God.
One thing that has proved to be a huge help when my mind is clouded is to recite or write out scriptures that I’ve recently memorized.
God calls each one of us to have the mind of Christ. How can I do that without knowing God’s word and hiding it in my heart? How can I do that unless I actively choose to believe God? That includes deep down to the very thoughts and intentions of my heart. Do I have a living faith that’s manifest daily?