Faith in Difficult Times

The scripture above is challenging and encouraging at the same time.

To be a person of unwavering faith, as Abraham was, is what I seek. Paul shared Abraham’s strength in Romans 4:20-21:

“Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises.”

It’s only possible to do this as you learn to put your trust in God. As you walk out your life in close union with Him.

But let me encourage you with this: at times when I have wavered in my faith, when I have battled doubts and unbelief, God remained faithful to me.

Whenever I confess, “Father, please help me. I’m struggling to hold on…struggling to believe…” He has been right there to lift me up with a Rhema word:

Rhema is the Greek word used in the Bible for word, and refers to the instant, personal speaking of God to us.” ~ from Bibles For America website

Don’t give in to fear and doubt, just call out to God and He will be right there to hold you up and keep you from falling. If you do fall, don’t allow condemnation and guilt keep you from the One who will comfort you, forgive you & pick you back up.

Blessings & strength to you, in the wonderful name of Jesus.

“God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 Amplified Bible

“If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.” 2 Timothy 2:13

He Sees Everything

“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” ~ Matthew 6:6

To the person alone in your room, in your apartment or in your house…God sees you. Don’t allow the current circumstances to shut your mouth even though we are shut inside for a time. Open your mouth in prayer!

If you don’t know what to pray about, look around & look to the word of God in scripture. Here are just a few things to start you off & direct your prayer path:

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of Him.~ 1 John 5:15

Are you feeling anxious, fearful or unsettled? Read God’s direction to you through the Apostle Paul out of Philippians:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation (NLT)

Pray for our leaders, even if you don’t like them. God wants to direct their steps. He wants to reveal Himself to them as their most essential need. He is looking for humble men & women who will lead with righteous intentions, with a love for truth, a desire for justice and with an awareness of the great responsibility they have toward God and their fellow man:

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior.” ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Here is an example of how to speak to God in prayer, using the scriptures as a guide. Fill in the blanks with your concerns or fears and with the names of people who come to your mind:

Holy Father, thank you for the blood of Jesus that was poured out for me on the cross. It cleanses me from every sin and makes me able to come before you in prayer, humbly grateful for all that I have received. Jesus is your gift to us, your love letter of promise. We are acceptable to you when we come through the door you provided.

I confess that I am scared & anxious about __________. You tell me not to worry about ANYTHING but to pray about EVERYTHING, so here are the things occupying my mind___________________________. I need your help to trust you. I desperately want & need your peace. Things are out of control but I choose to believe that you are IN CONTROL. I’m like the father who came to you needing help for his poor son and I cry out “I do believe you, please help my unbelief!”

Father, please have mercy on the leadership of our country, our state, our city and our family. They need wisdom. They need guidance and direction. I pray that they will be humble enough to realize that they need you above all else. Place in them a desire for truth, and for righteousness. That __________ will have wise counselors around them, pointing them in the right direction. Give them ears to hear You. We need people of courage who are more concerned with pleasing You and doing what is right than pleasing people.

(continue to add prayers for family members, people you know, people you don’t know but who are suffering. Pray GOOD things over people)

I ask all these things in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

Now back to the first scripture in this post: Matthew 6:6. God sees you when no one else does. It pleases Him when we come to Him with our needs and with our requests on behalf of others. This is evidence of faith on your part because it shows that you believe God is real. That you believe He hears you. Please know that God wants you to have the rewards of your faith in Him. You WILL see answers to your prayers. The greatest reward will be your deepening relationship with God as you come to know Him through prayer & through His word: “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.” ~ Hebrews 11:6

Stay healthy & prayerful! Blessings ❤

He Longs for You

Do you have anyone in your life that you are hurting for?

Perhaps you are thinking of a loved one going through difficult circumstances, or you know someone making poor or dangerous choices.

Maybe the person you are thinking of is sick, addicted or being abused.

If you have the least bit of empathy, you feel their pain and want to help.

I don’t know about anyone else but sometimes I hurt so deeply for people I cry. I want to run to them and make it all better…to take away their pain, their illness… the addiction.

When I start to feel these deep, deep emotions, my thoughts turn to God – our loving, deeply merciful God. I experience just an inkling of the depth of love and longing I imagine He feels when He looks upon us – those He created.

I know the love and mercy of God. I have experienced it and live in it. My prayer is that if you don’t know God this way, that you will. And if you do know Him, that you will cry out to Him on behalf of those wounded, hurting souls that you know and are aware of.

Please reach up and accept the love God so generously pours out on us through His Son – Jesus.

If you want prayer, please leave a message in the comments. Details aren’t necessary unless you want to share.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.” ~ Luke 13:34

[God Is Gracious and Just] Therefore the Lord waits [expectantly] and longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed (happy, fortunate) are all those who long for Him [since He will never fail them]. ~ Isaiah 30:18 The Amplified Bible

Start Living It

Colossians 2:6-7 The Message (MSG)

From the Shadows to the Substance

6-7 My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

En Garde

“Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

A beautifully poetic passage with a powerful foundational truth. The Good News Translation clearly states it this way: “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”

I want my life to reflect His goodness, mercy, love and forgiveness, so I’m spending time with Him, allowing the Great Editor to remove, reword and reshape my thoughts…

“Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:3