Believing is Seeing…1
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
~Henry David Thoreau~
It’s an easy matter to profess belief in something. The acid test of our faith comes when we are challenged by those who do not believe, or when we are confronted with circumstances that would tempt us to do something contrary to our beliefs. Standing firm at such times, refusing to waver or compromise can return astounding rewards. Circumstances begin to supernaturally change and come into line with our expectation, our own confidence is increased, and those who witness the results will be motivated to believe.
Thought for the day
There are winners and losers in our fellowships. The winners are the men and women who have, through dedication, commitment and action changed who they are and are now bearing fruit for all who surround them. They have gone from the basement to the penthouse. As we attend meetings we will also surely hear of those who keep relapsing and having extreme difficulties staying sober. Do we allow those habitual relapsers to affect our conviction in the recovery program or do we counter their pessimism and misery by illustrating, not gloating, for others the changes in our spiritual conduct and behavior. Everyone can be a winner but not everyone chooses to!
Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong.
~1 Corinthians 16:13 (NLT)~
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. ~Romans 4:18-21 (NIV)~
You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything. If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won’t correct you for asking. But when you ask for something, you must have faith and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm. ~James 1:3-6 (CEV)~
Heavenly Father, in the face of adversity always (just for today) give me the courage, determination and wisdom to confront injustices and lies. To those that would speak ignorantly of your power and mercy, allow me to love them while countering their dismissals with a personal witness of the great work you do in me and others who are committed to the faith. You are the potter and I am the clay. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!