Belief Informs Action

Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14)

A.W. Tozer says, “the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like.”

The apostle Paul says, “Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.”- 2 Corinthians 10:5

You see, our beliefs inform our actions.  If I believe God at His word I’ll act when trouble comes upon what I know to be true about God.  However, if deep down I believe God to be untrustworthy I’ll find myself reaching for the place of control when life becomes interrupted.

Is anything too hard for the Lord?  It is easy to say with our mouths, yes, Lord! Nothing is too hard for you!  The true challenge of the Christian is to begin believing what they say in their heart.  For our statements are of little value if our hearts do not truly believe.  We are only lying to ourselves, for God knows our hearts and He will test them.  He’ll have nothing to do with our smokescreen of unbelief.  To the outside world it may seem as though our faith is strong and steady, but pay attention to how you respond to God when trouble comes.

A heart whose trust is in the Lord remains strong and steady in the midst of deep trouble.  They do not flail about as if they are drowning, for they know the captain of the ship and He is a good, loving Father who never leaves them to drown in the midst of troubled waters.

It is our inability to trust God that sends us down paths of destruction.  Yet, God allows for it, because He’s trying to draw us into deeper waters.  The purpose of the Christian life is not to be drawn to the shore, away from deep waters, but to allow the Father to take us into the deepest places of fear, unbelief and distrust to see if we will stand with Him there in victory.

It is far too easy to drown there once again, not holding onto the Father for our sustenance, but swimming, kicking, and fighting our way back to the top.  When the Father says, no, stay with ME here.  I am safe.  I will protect you and with me we can go to deep waters together.  Your faith, beloved will grow and your trust in me will deepen if you would only go with me there.

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The scary part is not in what God will do, it is in what our fears tells us He cannot do.


“The scary part is not in what God will do, it is in what our fears tells us He cannot do.”


This is idolatry.  We have placed fear before an Almighty God and we must die to our self-made idol of fear, and set God back up in His rightful place as King and Lord over the universe.  Yes, He is even King over your daily worries, He is the Lord over all of your life.  Stop fighting Him, stop believing that the battle lies within other people or external circumstances and start believing that the battle truly lies within yourself.

Lord, I am so quick to set up idols fashioned by my own hands.  I am quick to fall prey to fear.  I often place my trust in man and not in you.  Oh Lord, I know that you are constantly trying to take me to deep waters.  Lord, I do not want to fight you there, for I know that you will not leave me to drown, but you serve as my sustenance, for truly, you are my daily bread.  Sovereign Lord, you are the light of the world.  I know and believe in my heart that as I trust you, you will make all things right.  You can and will do a work of great glory in my life.  Let it be so Lord, and if I start to believe something about that isn’t true, please expose to me the lie, in Jesus name, amen.

 

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