FAITH

Hebrews 11:6 (The Message)

It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.”

Pleasing God.

Sounds like a joke, at least in today’s world with today’s focus. I mean, today it is all about me, myself and I. Television to scream, “See yourself, be all you want to be, “need” to be, just put yourself first! Buy this, get that, do this, do that!” All it takes is something to cover up the real you and, “hello, the new you!”

Hmmm…. “Hello the false me,” is what I hear. The real me shoved way down inside, still hurting, whatever that personal hurt may be. We have false everything available to us these days… especially as women, but the men are getting there too! Thicken your eyelashes, Botox yourself to perfection folks, come on what are you waiting for? Don’t deal with accepting yourself, change!

Change, change, change!

Well, I know I do want to change, to be someone “better looking.” Thing is I want to change not for me but for my God, my Lord and Savior to honor. I desire to be the “new Tammy” He envisions me as. The new me He has planned all along with all the blessings that entails! I desire His beauty, His hand to be seen upon me, to yell at the top of my spiritual lungs, “This is the Guy to see! Transformations always perfect – beautiful on the inside where it matters folks! Come on, this way; follow me, you won’t be sorry. Step out in faith – this is a 100% guaranteed – no return needed offer!”

Are you here with me yet? Is the inside of you screaming, YES!

Know what the coolest thing is about this transformation? It is ongoing – flows with you through all your life – readjustments as needed.

Your cost? Faith – pure, simple, unadorned – faith.

The difference is that this faith is not in yourself, your accomplishments, your anything. It is in His – His hand upon you, His commands followed, His presence and love and existence in your life – in you.

When in doubt, follow the directions – “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6 KJV – believe in faith.

Don’t go by how you feel – what you see in the mirror of your past – go by truth. He is at work within you, at work even through your abuse; at work to finish “the you” He started – one with purpose, one who matters, one who is loved.

Love Him who first loved you – no matter how you feel – love because love is what it is all about. Love is why He gave His life for you – love is why He is alive today with you- love for you, to you, in you. His love.

Faith? When all the abuse is crashing into you – your mind, heart and body remembering – grasp His love to feed your faith.

Don’t worry about slipping or falling – no hanging on is needed, though allowed – for you see, He is the one holding you.

And……

He never, ever lets go.

PERSONAL APPLICATION

“Even so come, Lord, Jesus.” Revelation 20:20 (KJV)

This is all it takes. All that is needed for change to begin, for healing and hope.

Say this verse as a prayer, “Even so come, Lord, Jesus.” Say it from wherever your abuse has you, say it with whatever emotion you are in, say it – simply say it! God doesn’t care if we are tired, angry, frustrated, sad… all He asks is that we ask – He to answer. “Even so come, Lord, Jesus.”  This is faith.

Cling to this verse – let it become your mantra of truth – say it out loud, whisper it to yourself through your tears, scream it in your anger. Claim it as God’s child – claim it that you may experience it – for come He will. In all His glory and power to begin His work in you.

Keep a list of the times you are crying out to God, naming the emotion in each of these times.

Now, go back over each of these and list the circumstances, the “trigger” if one was there, for each.

Finally, write how God answered each time. How His presence was there for You, don’t despair, He is there. Ask to see with His eyes and heart if it seems you don’t know. Sometimes in our humanness we simply don’t or can’t see how God was there. That’s ok. Just cling to the truth that He was and is – for He has said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for Who You are.. to me, for me, in me. I love You so much. You have first loved me, me, someone who because of my abuse felt so unloveable. You are healing me and waking me up more and more to You and Your presence, I am so amazed. When my faith is weak, remind me of all Your truth I know and have experienced, am even living. I chose to walk with You everyday… by faith.

Love, Your child

MEMORY VERSE

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 (KJV)

SONG

Click Faith Blogroll Link to the left to go to the song

Matt Redman – Oh, no, He never let’s go

 

 

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