Category: sins forgiven

Fully Convinced

Do you ever wavier in your belief?

Are you fully convinced God will do all He’s promised? I’m not sure why this is such a tall order—but it is.

Romans 4:20-22

He [Abraham] did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

What has God promised? Well, the entire Bible is promise after promise. And we must be fully convinced that God will do all He’s promised. Fully convinced—no doubting.

A doubting person is said to be double minded and unstable in all their ways. It’s crucial to fully believe so we are not unstable in all our ways

James 1:6-8

Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Remember God’s Faithfulness is Not On Trial (click to read). He is faithful—He can be trusted. No matter what hasn’t happened in the past, it’s essential to take God at His Word—understanding, He’s not a man that He would lie (Num. 23:19). Every Word is truth—every Word can be believed.

Recently I experienced a crisis of belief. The story unfolds as this…it was an extremely windy, cold day and I was at my son’s soccer game. I was working on being thankful for the weather and felt as if the Lord asked “why don’t you pray and ask for the wind to stop?” So I did—I prayed and asked Him to please stop the wind. After praying I looked around, semi waiting for it to stop and when it didn’t I just shrugged. I got what I expected—nothing.

Then my other son, who was hunkered down next to me, asked “why don’t you ask God to stop the wind.”  I responded “I did.”

What he spoke next stabbed deep—as if God Himself were asking. He said, “Did you believe it when you asked? I truthfully had to say “no.”

My crisis of belief was that I didn’t even expect God to answer. I just routinely asked Him. It was true lip service—not heart knowing belief.

Yes, I have faith for a lot of things but that just won’t do, I’m thirsty for more and on a quest to become a whole hearted believer, fully convinced that every promise in His Word is true!

In the world of Christ centered people fractional faith should not exist. It’s imperative that we be fully convinced He answers prayers. We need to want to be the kind of people who ask without doubting—just as the Word says.

How do we move from half-hearted belief to fully convinced?

Romans 4:20-21 says [1] He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, [2] but was strengthened in faith, [3] giving glory to God.

1.      We don’t wavier

·         Determine to believe—Isaiah 50:7

2.      We get strengthened in faith by

·         Repenting and asking forgiveness for  unbelief—Acts 3:19

·         Submit unbelief to God, resist the devil—James 4:7

·         Pray asking God to heal unbelief—Mark 9:24, John17:5-6

·         Exchange unbelief for faith—Isaiah 53:3-6, Galatians 3:13–14

·         Read, hear and obey the Word of God—James 1:22-25, Romans 10:17

·         Worship—Luke 4:8

·         In everything give thanks—1 Thessalonians 5:18

·         Fast—Mark 9:29,

·         Invite the Holy Spirit into the empty place of unbelief in our heart and life—Galatians 5:22-25

·         Wait on the Lord—Psalm 27:14

3.      We give glory to God

·         Humbly acknowledge God, giving Him glory for everything—John 7:18

Please join me in my quest to become a whole hearted believer.

Be encouraged to set your heart and soul to be fully convinced that what He promises He is also able to perform—and your faith will be accounted to you as righteousness!

 

Romans 4:19-25

Abraham didn’t focus on his own inability and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.

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Debilitating Fear

Have you ever been so consumed with fear that you could hardly move? Has your heart ever been so devastated and broken—so fearful of pain—you could  scarcely breathe—let alone continue on with normal life?

Fear is a thief—suspending and incapacitating life.

But that’s not all—let me let you in on a secret—fear is really a facade. That’s right as enormous and intimatading as fear may seem—in light of who Jesus is fear is very puny and ineffective!

I just read a story about how Jesus healed, restored and delivered a tortured man.  (Read Luke 8: 26-38)  After his healing this man clothed, and in his right mind, sat at the feet of Jesus—listening, loving and taking in every word He said. The man was truly restored.

The town’s people however, were terrified of the change that came to the tortured man—they were fearful of the peace that now filled the man. As a result of their fear they asked Jesus, even though He had only been there a very short while, to get back into His boat and leave.

I marvel at the ignorance of these people. Jesus does a miracle and the people are so afraid they ask Him to leave?

What would have happened in that whole town if the people instead welcomed Him? How many lives would have been changed and hearts healed if they had chosen faith in the place of fear?

How many times could our own heart and lives be helped—if we would just choose faith?

Be encouraged, by the grace of God, to stand in faith and draw near to Jesus. To live in hope and belief—not allowing debilitating fear to rule and ruin the peaceful life Jesus intends for you to have.

Please remember in the light of who Jesus is—fear is a puny, ineffective facade—therefore give it no room in your life!

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

Forgive & Love: As if IT Never Happened

Forgiveness, in its self can easily be viewed as the “F” word, unless of course we are the ones receiving the extended forgiveness.

Yet again, I’ve been pondering forgiveness—wondering why it’s so difficult to partake of—why is forgiving so painful?

I’m reminded that forgiving is personal. It is easy to forgive an offense that didn’t personally affect you. But forgiving a wrongdoing that was committed directly to you, is very painstaking.

Forgive defined as:  To grant pardon for an offense, debt, etc.; absolve. To cease to feel resentment against.

I did not grow up with forgiveness as a way of life and I can vividly remember the first time I had to forgive. Truthfully, the whole concept shocked me. Since then I have had a multitude of opportunities to practice forgiving—as I’m sure most of us have. Now forgiveness is my lifestyle.

Of recent, God has added a twist to my lifestyle of forgiveness. He has asked me to forgive and love the person needing the forgiveness, as if the hurtful event never happened.

This is momentous for me. I do not have issue with forgiving or with obeying the Lords directives, but when it comes to living as if IT never happened—my heart groans. This might mean interacting with those that have hurt me, helping, loving and caring for them—being vulnerable—putting my heart on the line—again. Heart ache is my least favorite and I do well to avoid people who cause it.

I’m certain my prayer to be more like Jesus has landed me at this precipice. The example the Lord gave me, when He was talking to me about this, made that fact clear…

When I was fifteen and sixteen, I became pregnant from my high school sweetheart. Both times we aborted the baby. Age eighteen is when I first encountered God’s miraculous forgiveness. His love went deep. He forgave me of my sin of abortion, He healed me, washed me clean of guilt, shame and condemnation. If that wasn’t enough, He remembered it no more—as if IT never happened. Every time God and I draw near to each other, He doesn’t think “Maybe she’ll hurt me again by committing abortion.”

The example the Lord gave me was this…He said “I’m not the kind of Father that every time we sit down at a family dinner, reminds you of the abortions—we live together as if your sins never happened.” God does not remember how I grieved Him with my sin and He does not avoid me. He’s asking me and you—yet again, to be like Him—to forgive and love as if IT never happened—even if it hurts.

I never could have paid the debt of the sin I committed. Jesus’ work on the cross paid it for me—He forgave my debt—in turn He requires I forgive the debt of those that sin against me.

Basically forgiveness is made possible, as we withdraw the ability to forgive out of the abundance of forgiveness that God has extended to us. Being human, the ability to forgive as God does is not in us. It is a supernatural work. That’s good news! We do not have to work forgiveness up inside of ourselves—no we just surrender our inability to forgive and love, then receive His ability. His mercy and grace make this possible.

It’s the same with living as if IT never happened—it is a work God does in and through us. Every situation is different and God may not ask you to interact with the person you are forgiving. The person may never even admit their fault. It is all a matter of the heart. God wants our heart to be pure, undefiled so we can know Him more. He wants our heart to be His home.

I’m saying, “Yes Lord, I will forgive and love as if IT never happened. If it means being like You and knowing You more—it’s worth it!”

What about you?

Please be encouraged to love as Jesus loves!

“I’ll wipe the slate clean for each of them. I’ll forget they ever sinned!”  Jeremiah 31:34