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Always been a matter of Trust

Do You Believe?

A year or two ago I listened to my brother, Pastor Jim Schmitt * preach an incredible series on believing and faith. These words are so closely mingled. Defined as, “being fully persuaded/convinced.” Whenever one of these words is brought up in conversation I immediately think about this teaching.  “Do I have faith? Do I believe? Am I fully persuaded?” That’s good preaching right there!

Last week my pastor, Steve Lewandowski**, began to talk about faith, the faith of Abraham, the faith of our heroes in the Bible. I hate to admit this, forgive me pastor, but my mind wandered to being fully persuaded.

I love words. I’m crazy about looking up words. So I went home (maybe I started while in church) looking up believe and faith in the Old and New Testament.

I’m not going to chisel this down and dissect, I will leave it to a couple of my favorite experts; Rick Renner***  and Brian Simmons **** .

Here it is! So simple. When we use the word AMEN do we realize it is the same as “I believe” “I have faith?”

In the Old Testament all three words come back to the Hebrew word âman, which means: sure, firm, to build up or support. “I’m sure.” “This is firm.”

When I pray and say, “Amen” I am saying, “I am convinced, I am firm, I am persuaded, I am sure.” “I have faith.” “I believe.”

What are you praying for? What are you believing? Have you brought it to God in Jesus’s name? Did you say AMEN and mean it?

I’m so excited about this. I know, I seem a little slow to catch on. Twenty-six years a Christian and these words just all came together and made sense.

I now say, “Amen” and understand I am saying, “I am sure, I am persuaded, I trust God, the one who’s promises are firm.”

Be encouraged,

Susie

Below is a list of the great men of God I referenced:

* http://www.wocc.ie/

** http://www.kfaonline.org/

*** http://www.renner.org/

**** http://stairwayministries.org/

Glory in Your Dream

Sometimes we have to walk away and forfeit; a way of life, a home we love, being close to family and friends, a certain job, comfort of “the way we have always done it,” etc. For a call that we know is bigger than what we see. Then while working on this call we get tired and discouraged, think about what we sacrificed. Well, if we give up on that goal (call) it makes the sacrifice seem empty. “Wait, I gave all this up. For what!”

In the end the only way the sacrifice makes sense is to reach the goal. How beautiful to have completed something you have always dreamed about. How terrific to complete something you thought was too big for you. How wonderful to have the people you love and influence watch you cross the finish line!

Whatever you are working on, stick with it. Press through!

Philippians 3:12 MSG  I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

She’s Hopeful

 

 

Who or What is your strong tower?

Psalm 61:2-4

From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

For You have been a shelter for me,
A strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;
I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.

Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.

Oh what beautiful words to give us assurance.

My prayer today is that whatever you are using to subside your pain, cover your shame, mend your broken heart; you will cry out to the Lord instead. He is trustworthy and loves you until the end of time.

It’s a lovely Saturday afternoon. The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming. Time to look to the creator instead of these temporary bandaids.

It’s always been a matter of trust,

Susie