Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I wrote down a quote from a book that I have been reading called Experiencing God, by Dr Henry Blackaby. I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of this particular book. It really opens your eyes to the reality of God and learning to practice the art of practicing “experiencing him in your every day life”
So the quote went like this, “When you come to a moment of truth when you must choose whether to obey God, you cannot obey God unless you believe and trust Him. You cannot believe and trust Him, unless you love him, and you cannot love Him unless you know Him!”
Wow, I have recently come to that place in my own walk with God, where I had to choose to really obey him and his word. It was in a matter of finances and putting my trust in Him that he really would supply all of my needs.
Why would I need to obey God on an issue that directly invovled me and my household? Well it comes down to this, either I believe that the bible is true and put those teachings into practice into my life, or I choose to go my own way and ignore them.
The hardest part of believing that the word of God is true and applicable for me, has always been, that I doubted that he truly had my best interests at heart. I doubted that he would see me through to the other side of what ever it is that he has asked me to do. I had this thought in mind that whatever he asked of me would be hard and I would have to figure it out all on my own and that I would fail, oh trust me the list was endless in the lies that I believed about God and his love toward me.
I didn’t know and fully understand God’s character and love toward me, God reveals himself to us in his word, (the bible) as our provider, shield, comfort, shepard, God, saviour, redeemer, loving father the list is endless. It is through knowing these attributes of God that we learn to rely and trust in Him in a greater way.
Recently the Lord has been teaching me a new way to look at things, a way that I know will benefit and help you as well as you dare to step out and trust God for the next step that he has for your life.
I need to learn to come to Jesus as a little child, I need to put my faith in Him and his abilities to see me through whatever he has asked me to do. I need to trust him as a little child trusts his loving parents. That child knows that without a shadow of a doubt that his mom and dad will love, feed, clothe, provide all of his needs. They will never desert him and if they do leave him with friends or family, they will always come back for him.
That is the same way in which we need to trust God, trusting that he has us securly in his care. Trusting that he will never leave us or forsake us for something better. That he will take care of our needs and if we will come to him with every thing, he will most certainly show us and direct us in the way that would be best for us.
If we come to him as a child, and ask him for his direction for our lives, he will give it. He will teach us along the way, how much we can trust him and his provision. As God reveals himself to us as a loving Heavenly Father, we can be assured that he has our best interests at heart, and whatever he asks of us, is either to teach us something, prepare us for something, to bless someone and all of these things draw us into a closer walk with him.
I was reminded of something this morning that I believe that God used to teach me the principle of: When he asks anything of me, he not only prepares me to do it, but provides for my needs along the way.
Many years ago I was living in a little town in Northern Alberta, Canada. My husband and I were heading to the big city of Edmonton on the weekend to do some shopping and visit with some friends. On the Monday of that week, I believe the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart that I needed to take a chicken with me to Edmonton and give it to our friends down there. I thought it was an absured idea and promptly fought with God the entire week. I gave the Holy Spirit every excuse I could think of as to why I should not do this. The urge to take the chicken, just got stronger.
Well by Thursday afternoon, I was exhausted from fighting and resisting the Holy Spirit, that I gave up and said Ok, I will take the chicken.
About an hour later, a very good friend of mine, sent her husband over to my house with a bag, he was standing in the door way of the house and I knew immediately what he had in the bag. Yes you guessed it, it was the chicken.
I repented to God for resisting his prompting to take the chicken down to Edmonton. I took it and all of my fears that I had had about the lack that I would have if I took this chicken down to Edmonton were revealed to me to be false. I had more than enough food for the next week to see us through.
I want to emphasize the principle here and that is; God taught me, that when he asked me to do something, He not only provides what I need to do what he has asked me to do, but he reveals his faithfulness to me, by showing me his provision. My relationship with God deepened as a result of this incident and many years later I am still learning lessons from it.
I realise that sometimes it can be hard to step out in faith and do what God has called you to do. But I have learnt that the more I know who God is and I study his character through the bible, the more I discover that he is not only trust worthy, but his is faithful to see whatever he has asked of me to do, to the end.
So, I urge you brothers and sisters in Christ, to get to know who God is, see what his character is really like, it is way easier to trust someone that you know, than someone you don’t!!!
Step out today in faith and you will be amazed at the wonders of what God has for you.
Hebrews 11: 5-6
5By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him
Faith is the key that unlocks all that God has for us, so step out in faith and obedience today, get to know the wonderful character of God and you will experience the Joy of knowing Him in a deeper way than ever before.
I pray that each of you are blessed beyond measure as you step out in faith today!!!!
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