For the past year it seems God has taken me on a journey. Not one that has taken me far. But one that has taken me deeper where I already am. I thought I had a strong faith in God, but through some difficult circumstances, God has shown me that my faith wasn’t always fully in Him. Sometimes it was in Him … and me.
I’ll explain in a minute, but first, thank you for joining me today. If you are visiting for the first time after reading my devotion “A Ram is on the Way,” I hope you’ll stay awhile. At least stay til the end of this post where I’m going to give away two copies of my dear friend Renee Swope’s first book, “A Confident Heart.”
Now back to my original thought …
Abraham had a sincere and complete faith in God. One that I want. You see, before God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, God gave Abraham a promise:
“I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” (Gen. 17:6-7)
Abraham believed God would provide descendants. Period. So if God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, there was another way God would fulfill His promise.
That is confidence … boldness … faith without doubt. And, as I mentioned, that is a faith that I wish I had. Actually, it’s a faith I know GOD wants me to have.
Yet I’ve dealt with so many doubts. It’s not that I doubt God CAN do anything He wants to do. I doubt He’ll want to do it for me. And I know that must make God sad. I know He really wants me to trust Him completely. He wants my full confidence. Just like Abraham had.
So I’ve been dealing with the weak areas of my faith. I’m acknowledging they exist, and I’m presenting them honestly before God. But I’m not leaving it there. God has called me to actively deal with this issue. No longer will I accept this lack of faith as a part of who I am. In taking this pro-active approach, there are two things I’m doing differently.
1) I’m making a choice to take doubtful thoughts captive. I will not allow myself to dwell on them when they enter my mind. When I start to think, What am I going to do if God doesn’t come through? I grab ahold of that negative thought and toss it into the trash. Then I replace it with a positive thought: I trust YOU!
2) I’m praying differently. Instead of telling God exactly what I want Him to do, my prayers are more open. For example, we had a serious issue early in the summer with one of our children. I knew something had to change, but I didn’t know what. My prayers went something like this: Lord, we need Your help. We need You to intervene and show us what to do.
Then we chose to believe He would show us what to do. Within days, God brought an answer. He has continued to answer our prayers in miraculous ways when we just choose to trust that He will provide . I’m finding my faith is growing when I present a general request for a need, then watch for an answer.
My friend Renee Swope has dealt with doubts too. And God has worked miracles in her heart and life as she has been honest about her insecurities. In fact, she has written an entire book about God’s work in her life, titled “A Confident Heart.”
What I love about this book is Renee’s gut-level honesty. She deals with issues that most women experience, but are ashamed to talk about. After all, who wants people to know how afraid they really are that people won’t accept them? Or that they will never be good enough? Or that they believe they aren’t worth anyone loving them?
Renee walks you through each doubt, and then replaces the lies with God’s truth. And it’s in that place of uncovering what’s been hidden, that healing starts. Not some power-of-positive-thinking healing, but true I’m-not-a-slave-anymore healing! The kind that only comes from God’s miraculous hand and the power of His Word.
I believe this book will set women free from bondage to lies. And it’s my honor to give away two copies today. To win, simply post a comment. I’m asking Renee to help me choose the winners and they will be announced on Thursday. (Sometimes I post late in the day, so it might be Friday for some of you.)
Thanks so much for joining me today. May the Lord bless you, and increase your faith.