Apr 25, 2014

Lip Service......

Today's Reading: Jeremiah 36
Find the Reading Plan here.

This week, I have been really pondering the post from Monday and our Memory verse.

As I was praying yesterday, and talking to God, I realized something.

Sometimes we can say the right words, speak the right words, and make ourselves sound really "believable".

We may have others fooled about our beliefs, but we sure don't have God fooled.

In other words, maybe you say you believe that God will do something, because well, you are supposed to believe, right?

However our actions and our hearts often prove otherwise.

We can speak all day long about God's Promises and His Truths. However, is what we are saying lining up with our actions?

If I say that I believe God is in control of my life, yet I do things and think things that are in complete opposition to what my mouth speaks, do I really believe what I am speaking?

I think we want to believe what our mouth is speaking, but something inside of us may be struggling with unbelief.

As I type this, I am recalling this verse: "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." Matthew 15:8

Now, back to our Memory Verse from Mark 23, "Everything is possible for him who believes".

It doesn't say, "Everything is possible for those who say they believe." It says "Everything is possible for him who believes."

If I am being honest, I will tell you that I have said things that I believe, however, my actions and my thoughts proved exactly otherwise.

When I have struggled with fear, I believe that something in my heart was not fully trusting God. Something in my heart disconnected with my ability to truly believe that God was in control and was taking care of me.

When I have struggled with worry,  there was a big root of unbelief that God would show up or come through. Worrying took all of the focus off of God and on to my small-minded and limited understanding.

When I have struggled with anxiety, my belief was not in Him. I was not believing in His strength, I was believing in my weakness.

Is there anything going on in your life which doesn't quiet align with "believing" the Lord?

The good news is we can ask Him to help us believe. We can ask Him to help us align our actions and our thoughts with believing Him and really meaning it. Not just saying the words.

Lord, we want to believe You! We really do. Please help our hearts surrender to You, and not to worry, fear, anger, or anything separating us from believing You. Let the words that come out of our mouths align with a heart of belief. Let our actions everyday align with a heart fully surrendered to You in trust and belief. When we fail to do this, please gently remind us to come back to You and to ask You to help us. Just like the father described in Mark Chapter 9:23, we believe, but help us with our unbelief at times. Unbelief can keep us from fulfilling the lives You have planned for us. Help us with our unbelief, Lord. In Jesus name amen.

Our Fun Friday Challenge:

Confess any areas of unbelief to the Lord today. Be honest with Him. He knows your precious heart anyway. He knows you may need healing in this area.

Tell Him something like this: Lord, I have not believed you for ___________(name and area or areas in your life), but I am asking You today to help me believe! Help me to trust You fully, and to believe You have my best interest at heart. You will never leave me or forsake me.

What's that beautiful sound I hear?

The sounds of some long-held chains of unbelief crumbling.

Nothing sounds sweeter.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

believing He is healing some hearts today,


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