What a week! It has been jam packed. We started school for the kids on Monday and we are trying to shake that summer slowness off. I am trying to get things running nice and smooth but it’s not looking like it yet. I almost forgot I had to pick up my daughter on Monday. Haha! It’s only been a single week… I’m sure in a few weeks things will get into rhythm. The nights have been as packed as the mornings (and afternoons). On Wednesday night I had church and that’s where this topic came to mind. I wasn’t planning to write about it just yet but the events of the week made me realize I needed to.
I had an unexpected bill show up right before church and it threw me completely off. It wasn’t one of those $50 bills; it was much larger than that. I wasn’t worried because God always lets us know how to take care of unexpected bills. I sure was surprised though! It got me reflecting on how differently I would have handled this situation years ago. What a difference it would have been! If this had happened about 4 years ago, the panic that would have set in my heart would be unbearable. I stood there during praise and worship, and joy filled me up as I recounted the many times God has shown up in my life. To know that I have a Father that delivers… WOW! Then I heard, “Do you believe?” Without hesitation I replied, “I still believe.” Almost on cue, the praise team started singing ‘I Still Believe.’ I laughed quietly to myself. It was then that I knew this financial situation was just a distraction.
Just a few weeks ago I made a commitment with my post The Will to Win. I trusted God was going to supply all of my needs. I committed to putting His will first. If this would have happened even a few months ago, my first reaction would have been, “I need a job.” Desperation would have kicked in and I would have started to apply to any and everything I could get my hands on. This is despite the fact that the job would not have solved my right now problem, since it typically takes at least 2 weeks to get paid anyways. So, I asked my Pastor for direction and didn’t think much of it.
Thursday comes and we followed the directions Pastor gave us. That night I was talking to a friend who called to congratulate me about the website. I asked her how she was doing and she began recounting her trials for the week. It echoed again, “Do you believe?” So I encouraged her and told her, “You have to believe that God’s got you. These trials are only a distraction to detour you from the road to victory.” We talked (or should I say, I talked lol) about the many ways she is already winning, and how others have done the same thing with less, because they believed.
Here comes Friday! For date night me and hubby decided to go listen to some poetry since our favorite group (A.M.P.E.D ) was performing. They performed a piece called ‘Choose to Believe.’
“When what’s in front of me is not what He promised me
I choose to believe, I choose to believe
Have conviction through contradiction
I choose to believe, I choose to believe”- A.M.P.E.D
That was it! On Saturday, I had to write about believing. I didn’t get a chance to write in the morning like I wanted to, because of the baby shower I had scheduled for that day. This baby shower was so emotional for me, although I am sure not as much as it was for the Mom- and Dad-to-be. This baby was such a huge testimony to God’s amazing power. After 3 years of my friends praying and trying with no results, God answered! I truly admired their perseverance. It was emotional for me because, whether they knew it or not, I was praying with them. They are such a powerhouse couple and are completely sold out for God. Through their trial they gained a closer relationship with God. They held on to the promise that God will give them children. Instead of focusing on their problems they focused on Him. They prayed, they worshiped, they served, they were a great model of faith and patience with the understanding of all things in God’s timing.
At the end one of the most beautiful baby showers I have ever attended, I heard again, “Do you believe?” As I looked at them, I realized what I was being questioned on all week. There I was, thinking that the question being posed to me was about a financial matter. I could not have been more wrong. It was more of an emotional, personal matter. As the couple spoke and said their thank you’s with such gratitude, I combed through my heart to see what it was that I did not believe God was able to do. Once it came to mind I knew.
Sometimes as Christians we forget what ‘God shall supply all of our needs’ means. ‘All our needs’ is not just about finances or food. It can be emotional, physical, spiritual, etc. He said all and we need a lot. He knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:8).
So I pose to you the same question: Do you still believe? Do you believe that He is God? That there is nothing too hard for Him? That He is able to perform what He promised? That He cannot lie, and His words will not return to Him void? Do you believe that by His stripes you are healed? Have you cast ALL your cares on Him or are you still holding on to them?
Maybe you don’t have big problems, so let’s hit some small ones. Remember those New Years resolutions? You know, the one that got dropped about 4-5 months ago? Do you believe that He can give you strength and wisdom to accomplish it by the end of the year? Do you still believe that He can turn any situation around?
It is all still possible! The position they turned you down for… The extra money you need to pay your bills… The peace you need to cope with the pain of a loss… The business that you’ve been trying to start… It’s all possible. All things are possible to them that believe! Build your relationship with God to know when your attacks are just distractions and they will not be able to harm you.
Cast Your Cares on Him
…6Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.…
I’ll leave you with this….
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