Sunday, October 6, 2013
Fear. Fear is defined as, "an emotion induced by a perceived threat which causes entities to quickly pull far away from it and usually hide. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger." Wikipedia.
Fear is a reality that most of us face on a day to day basis, yet when I do my Bible study, I remember how strong my God is and I begin to wonder why I walk around in life with so many fears. Is it cause I am human? Is it cause I lack a certain amount of faith? Is it .......could it possibly be.....surely not.... but wait, yes, it is cause I lack a certain amount of trust in my Savior. I didn't realize how much I loved God and how much I depended on Him ......without.....trust? How is this even possible? How is it possible to have faith with no trust? I'll tell you how......
We have faith that God can move mountains because the Bible tells us this. We have faith that God can perform miracles and can do amazing things because we have witnessed it in other's. We really do have faith in that. However, we don't seem to trust He will do these things for us. Sure, I know how much He loves us and I know how powerful He is but why in the world would He bring miracles in MY life. I don't deserve that. The trust really isn't there.
Over the last few days, I have battled with this overwhelming fear that the desires of my heart will never come to pass yet when I think about all God has done for my loved ones and myself, I wonder how I could have so much love and admiration for somebody yet have a very minimal trust in Him. Not because I think He lacks power but because I don't think I'm worthy. I think I will harvest the bad seeds I planted SEASONS ago and that the good seeds I have planted will never come to harvest. I think that I'm unworthy or that something is wrong with me, so God must have skipped over me when He was handing out miracles and completed dreams. All of these thoughts and fears come into my mind and before I know it, I've lost trust.
"When I am afraid, I will trust You." Psalm 56:3
There is power in that verse. There are times that we are so afraid for the future that we walk around in fear all day. Will my bills tomorrow get paid, will my sick parent ever be healed, will my family member ever turn to Jesus, will my lost child ever find his way to Jesus, will my dream ever come to pass.....the list goes on and on of all the fears we carry around on our shoulders. The truth is, life will never be perfect. There will always be bumps in the road but we have to trust Him. Trust Him with the good and trust Him with the bad. Live our life to HONOR Him.
"Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything You need, always giving thanks." Philippians 4:6
I have always been one of those who prayed the generic prayers when it came to myself. I could pray specifics for loved ones all day long but when it came to me, they end at "whatever is your will God." I have just recently learned to pray specifically for myself and not because I have gotten selfish in my praying life (this has been my whole fear of being specific, I didn't want God to think I was selfish). God wants us to be specific when we pray because that tells Him exactly where we are with Hm. Do the desires of our hearts match up with the desires He has tried to place in our hearts? Where are we with what specifics we pray for? Also, God wants us happy and joyful. He does not desire us to be unhappy and gloomy in life. If that were the case then Jesus dying on the cross for our salvation and our lives was all done in vain. He paid the price for us. He wants us to walk in His power and His light and His desires and His grace. Be specific when you pray. Talk to Him. Trust Him.
Too many times we measure the size of the mountains in our view that we forget to talk to the One who can move those mountains. The one who sees what is right over those mountains. We have to trust His view. We have to trust that He can move those mountains because what He has on the other side is phenomenal. Trusting Him is vital just as it is in any relationship. There always has to be a firm foundation of trust in a relationship and our relationship with God is no different.
He loves you and wants the best for you. He wants you happy, so trust Him and walk in Joy KNOWING that He has your life in the palm of His Hand. What an awesome thought, He has your life in the palm of His Hand!
Be blessed today!