Gear Up: Faith

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on FAITH!

Our faith exercise is a hands-on activity. Write down all of the things you are worried about. Finances, health, relationships…be specific and put them all on paper. Read the following verse:

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

TRUST Him to keep that promise, which covers you, your family, the generations after you all because of YOUR faith…

Now take those worries and destroy them. Use a shredder, scissors, the fireplace…as you get rid of the things that have a hold on you, physically release them to the Lord and have FAITH that He will take care of it all because He is faithful!

Returning to vomit…

One of the most disgusting things I’ve ever experienced is seeing my dogs throw up and then eat their vomit.

It makes me gag just writing about it.

And it also gives a very vivid imagery to Proverbs 26:11:

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

But the Lord wants us to know how truly horrid this is so He repeats it in 2 Peter 2:22:

But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

These were merely words in the Bible that I’d heard my whole life until I physically saw it happen.

Then the revelation came.

And I was ashamed because I had returned to my vomit so many times. I’d rededicate my life to the Lord and serve Him faithfully for a few months….and then I was wallowing in the mire once again.

Back and forth, back and forth.

I was the fool returned to his folly.

Until one day when that vomit finally made me sick too. I didn’t want to see it; I didn’t want anywhere near it.

I allowed him to clean it up once and for all.

And I never returned.

Are you still like the dogs? Is there something you keep going back to? Pray today and ask the Lord to take it from you, to clean it up and make it so that all future thoughts of it are so disgusting to you that you never return.

 

God: I was looking at you…

I heard a preacher tell a story once of an argument he’d gotten into with his wife. It had gotten heated and voices were raised. In a fit of anger he turned to the Lord.

“Do you see how she’s acting?” he demanded.

“No,” the Lord calmly replied. “I was looking at you.”

Talk about being hit between the eyes. It sounds like he got a needed wake-up call.

But before I laugh at his comeuppance; I must look at my own.

I’ve had the EXACT SAME CONVERSATION with the Lord a time or two.

Well, maybe not exactly the same. He tends to be a little gentler with me, knowing that I wear my heart on my sleeve.

He never wants to humiliate or destroy you in His chastisement.

I’d be upset with my husband over something, knowing he was wrong and wanting the Lord to handle it. I knew where I was wrong; who needed to address that? I needed him to see where HE was wrong.

“Okay, Lord,” I’d say. “Can you show him where he’s wrong? And make him feel bad too because he really hurt my feelings.” (I’m embarrassed to admit I used to ask this last part often!)

“Okay,” the Lord would reply. (Have you ever noticed He often talks to us like we talk to Him?) “But,” He continued very softly and gently, “what about YOU?”

That’s all He needed to say before I realized that He would deal with my husband in His own way but it wasn’t a conversation I’d be a part of. He wanted to deal with me about ME.

God isn’t interested in you pointing the flaws of your neighbor or your spouse or even your boss. He wants to help draw out the flaws in YOU so that you may be made more perfect, more like Him every day.