I have been doing a Bible study by Beth Moore called Believing GOd. I stumbled through my lesson today as it revealed a lot of hard things for me. It wants me to ask God to grow my faith and I am scared of asking. I know that God will do wonderful things in me and make me more into a woman after His own heart, but I'm scared He will take away things that are important to me. I know it sounds soooo shallow though. I have been through situations where God has stripped everything from me and made me stronger. PLus, God is soo much better than all those things. But Faith is just believing right? Believing a God liek the one shown in Isaiah: Isaiah 45:18-25 For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: " I am the LORD, and there is no other. 19 I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, Seek Me in vain '; I, the LORD, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. 20 Assemble yourselves and come; Draw near together, You who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, Who carry the wood of their carved image, And pray to a god that cannot save. 21 Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me. 22 Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath. 24 He shall say, Surely in the LORD I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, And all shall be ashamed Who are incensed against Him. 25 In the LORD all the descendants of Israel Shall be justified, and shall glory." I guess I am holding those things that I don't want torn away from me too closely. They are God's not mine. My wonderful boyfriend, is Gods. My two cats that keep me company, are Gods. My family, is Gods. My job, is Gods. I am Gods. For some reason I think that all those things are MINE! How have I been living lately, a lot by sign as 2 Corinthians 5:7 says "We walk by faith, not by sight." I need to walk by FAITH. Hebrews 11:6 says :" But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" I have faith that His blood washed away my sin (1 John 1:5-10). I have faith that all things He does are for our good (Romans 8:28). I have faith that God is who He says He is . That God can do what He says He can do. That I am who God says I am ( a child of God, a forgiven sinner, a new creation). That I can do ALL things through Christ. That God's Word is alive and actove in me. [I thank Beth Moore for the last five, she has them all over the book I am studying :)] Wow, just typing that out makes me feel better. One last thing. I BELIEVE IN GOD! It doesn't hurt to say that!!
Rightly so we should live by faith and by sight. But we should not toss aside the good wisdom God has given us to make right and good and profitable decision. Now I think, we have a wrong perception of God and that why we have desolation. God does not want to take things away but give us more. The truth gives and its bountiful. Surely those things that stumble us
should go, because we compromise with the truth with them, but our thankful approach to God is the best way and he is only out to us good and he know that you steem your boyfreind and have two cat you love and you should tell God that it is no secret between you and him, God what you feel for your freind and or your cats and he be rightly be glorified for your
thanking him for all the above necesities God does for you, and shouldn't be a test all the time when we enjoy or appreciate those little or big things God gives our life...
God knows your heart. Yes, He often allows trials to come into our lives, simply because He wants to draw us closer to Himself. This 'desire' is profound; profound enough to cause Jesus to come to earth and suffer on a cross to die for you and me. That is how much He loves us--that is how much He desires a relationship with us.
With that said, He knows your heart. He knows what things are important to you, as well as the things that are 'super dear' to your heart. God is not an abusing parent! He is not going to do things or take away things that are dear to us; except of course the things that get in the way of our relationshipn to Him. Any thing that distracts us, or prohibits us from coming to Him as we should, He will take away--perhaps for only a time; until we have placed Jesus above the thing or person that is causing this problem--then He often restores that person or thing to us and usually with better results!!
Please, do not think that God is against you. You can trust Him with not only your salvation, but with all the things that are dear to your heart. What good come of a situation that Jesus was not Lord over--that Jesus did not govern or control or bless? What good could possibly come from the relationship with your boyfriend if Jesus did not ordane (sp?) it or bless it? Anything less of this would be sin. "Because anything done without faith is sin," as it is written.
Allow Jesus to take control over all the things and people (relationships) you have and hold dear to your heart. I promise you, you will not be disappointed--only super blessed!
Jesus loves you!
If you remember
-one commandment "Thou shalt the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength" Mark 12:30
and you live with Him as your God and none else, you will not fear anything being taken away from you because nothing else is more important that the One who gave His most favorite - His only Son for you. Out of a heart of gratitude can you do less? Can you trust Him who knew you while you were in your mother's womb and who knows what your future is, and loves you, to take all the things that are not good for you? Would you not want only the good for you that He has and allow Him to take away all the dross?
May you expect and accept only His best for you.
Wow that is so true. I can totally relate to you. I have loved so many things and felt its been hard to surrender them. We must constantly surrender these things to Christ. Its not easy but it must be done! there is a qoute by Corrie Ten Boom that says "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.Ã¢Â€ God knows our desires, He knows our hearts, you have nothing to fear. God is with you! :) THis qoute has helped me so much to just let go. Ever herd the song by Barlow girls called "surrender" I encourage you to listen to it if you havent. :)