I just posted an article by a minister that has the ability to inspire millions of readers. His messages are not any different than others in ministry. His preaching, the Good News of Jesus Christ is similar to any Christian church on Sunday. Yet he has the gift of connecting to his audience immediately and leading them along a spiritual journey that makes a reader feel really good.
There are several authors, speakers, etc. that have developed this motivational spiritual genre. In all honesty, I wish I had some of their MoJo. I wish I had the ability to share what’s written on this heart.
I don’t dwell to much in motivational circles. Instead I find myself surrounded by doubters, scared about the future, clutching onto faith and prayers, because sometimes that’s all a person has left. I hate fear, and I sometimes despise those who seem to escape its’ clutches. How do some make it look so easy. Is their faith really that strong, is mine really that weak.
Lord as I write and others read, please give those of us struggling resounding trust and the faith of a mustard seed.
Faith Means Relying on God
BY RICK WARREN — JULY 28, 2011
“Trust in the Lord do not depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:6 NLT)
Anytime we demonstrate faith, we’re relying on something. When you sit in a chair, you’re relying on the chair’s manufacturer to produce something that will hold you up. When you’re on the freeway, you’re relying on every other driver around you.
Faith in God means we rely on him and depend on his reliability. Having faith means realizing that God is bigger, greater, and better than me – and he loves me greatly.
Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death” (NLT). That’s the problem with relying on yourself. We’re often wrong. Human intuition is not always reliable. In fact, it’s just good enough to make us think we’re right – even when we’re not.
Genuine faith is relying on God’s direction and on who he is. God is reliable. He knows what you need, and he wants to meet those needs. Unfortunately, we think we know better. We think we have a better plan. We want to use our logic and get to the answer in a way that makes us look good – and doesn’t require risk. But God wants us to grow, so he takes us a different way.
Many times in Scripture, God asks us to do what doesn’t make sense to our logic. For example, Mark 10:43 says,“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant” (NLT). To most people, that verse doesn’t make sense; you’d think great people would have others serving them. Jesus says it’s the other way around – the great people are the ones serving others. I need to trust what God says about greatness, not what I think.
God also says we’re to honor him by giving the first 10 percent of our income back to him. By our reason, that doesn’t make much sense to us. But we’re to lean on God’s understanding, not our own.
Because we trust him, we obey what he says – even if it doesn’t make sense to us.
This blog exists for one primary purpose. To share our stories of doubt and redemption. The Bible is difficult for a lot of us to read, mainly because it’s not a story, but rather, a collection of biographies. The important thing to remember is that these people lived. Their testimonials are true. Guiding someone to a meaningful dialogue pertaining to specific problems can be difficult and far beyond my capabilities. That is why I continue to ask for your entries. Maybe your life parallels another. PLEASE help me reach out and help others know the power of God’s word.
Author Oswald Chambers
The Teaching of Adversity
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world -John 16:33
The typical view of the Christian life is that it means being delivered from all adversity. But it actually means being delivered in adversity, which is something very different. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling . . .” (Psalm 91:1,10)- the place where you are at one with God. If you are a child of God, you will certainly encounter adversities, but Jesus says you should not be surprised when they come. “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” He is saying, “There is nothing for you to fear.” The same people who refused to talk about their adversities before they were saved often complain and worry after being born again because they have the wrong idea of what it means to live the life of a saint. God does not give us overcoming life- He gives us life as we overcome. The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength. Are you asking God to give you life, liberty, and joy? He cannot, unless you are willing to accept the strain. And once you face the strain, you will immediately get the strength. Overcome your own timidity and take the first step. Then God will give you nourishment- “To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life . . .” (Revelation 2:7). If you completely give of yourself physically, you become exhausted. But when you give of yourself spiritually, you get more strength. God never gives us strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the moment. Our temptation is to face adversities from the standpoint of our own common sense. But a saint can “be of good cheer” even when seemingly defeated by adversities, because victory is absurdly impossible to everyone, except God.