Posts Tagged ‘Red Sea’

When your faith feels shaky (Part 1 and 2)

August 19th, 2009 Comments off

“If you…believe in your heart…you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
“Reach out…stop doubting and believe.” – John 20-25-27

Have you ever questioned your faith?  Maybe you don’t feel like your faith is strong enough or maybe you wonder why God doesn’t talk to you or answer your prayers.  Doubt is something all Christians will face at one point or another.  Sometimes we can see God in a tangible way, and sometimes we can’t, but seeing God in tangible ways doesn’t save us, it is still faith…  Let’s say you happened to be dying of cancer, and prayer warriors prayed for complete healing, and God answers their prayer.  You’ve just received God’s love in a tangible way and while you are not saved because of healing, it causes you to believe in a greater power, because you begin to realize how BIG He really is. 

In fact, let’s think about the Israelites for a moment.  God rescued them and delivered them out of slavery in Egypt, parted the Red Sea (that would have been some sight to see), gave them just enough manna each day in the desert, delivered their enemies into their hands, won battles that seemed impossible, and so many more miracles!  But most importantly, they knew when God was with them because His presence came in a form of a cloud that rested over the tabernacle and fire as well, so He WAS somewhat visible in a tangible way…  Even after God practically did miracle after miracle, and His presence was among His chosen people…many didn’t truly believe that He was really God.  They turned their backs on Him multiple times, and it’s no wonder God became angry at them and punished them so many times….because of their unbelief.  I mean think about it, they just witnessed the Red Sea split into two…and right after they began to complain and said they would rather be slaves than out in the desert… 

Another example would be the disciple Thomas, who wouldn’t believe that Jesus had risen unless He saw Jesus for himself with his own eyes… (Thus nick-named “doubting Thomas”).  Just like the Israelites saw God perform all those miracles, and Thomas had seen Jesus throughout His entire ministry (many miracles), he still didn’t quite believe Jesus rose from the dead (like Jesus said He would), and wanted to see Him with his own eyes…  He doubted his faith

So even IF God chooses to heal cancer, or reveal Himself in any other forms of miracles, it won’t necessarily cause us to believe in Him (but it certainly does help).  And sometimes we are like doubting Thomas, where we won’t believe unless we see it for ourselves.  That’s why faith is sooooooo important, because if we wait for miracles to happen in our lives, or want to see it with our own eyes, faith will never be built up.  In fact why should we even question God’s will… He thinks on such a BIGGER picture, and we think we can really know what God’s will is?!?!  The bottom line is, that you only need to have faith in one person and that is God.  If you truly believe Jesus is your savior, and that He died for your sins and rose again, know for SURE that you are saved.  So stop doubting and believe!

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When it comes to giant-problems

August 6th, 2009 Comments off

1 Samuel 17:4 – “A champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath.”

When we face giant-problems they can intimidate us and cause us to doubt, but there is hope, and God will give us an “opening” to overcome our giants.

When we are intimidated, we need to remember the victories that God accomplished like the parting of the Red Sea, the destruction of Jericho, and the defeat of Goliath.  If God helped His people with matters like those, can’t our BIG God help us through the giants we face today?!

We doubt because the words we hear about giant-problems are discouraging, disheartening, and destructive to our faith in God.  It’s times like these that we do not dwell on those words, but turn to God’s word, which has account after account of times God did great things in situations probably bigger than the problems we face today.  Isaiah 40:8 says: “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”  God’s word is endless!

Lastly, God always provides an opening to overcome our giant-problems.  The interesting thing is that these openings that God provide can be so small, that it seems like it can’t be done.  For the story of David and Goliath, Goliath could throw a spear half the length of a football field and wore armor that protected him from head to toe, except for one small opening between his eyes and forehead…and that is where David hit him with a rock!

Sometimes we may be so blinded by our intimidation and doubt that we don’t see that small opening that God has provided, but when we remember our God is a BIG God and can do BIG things, and start to draw and hold close His word in our Hearts we will see that small opening.  And if we are discouraged on how small the opening is, GOOD!, because you need to realize that you will only overcome giant-problems by the strength of God alone!  God will use those times to build your confidence in Him so you don’t rely on your own strength.

If you really think about it, if God allows you or I to overcome giant-problems by our own strength, we will say to ourselves: “I overcame that!  I persevered and endured and become victorious! I can face anything now!  What happens when you face a problem that you cannot overcome by your own strength…  Notice the contrast when we begin to rely on God’s strength: “It was TOTALLY GOD who helped me overcome that!  GOD gave me the strength to persevere and endure, and become victorious!  I KNOW GOD will help me through anything that comes my way!  Yes, the glory belongs to God when we overcome situations, so praise Him…always…

So what are your giant-problems today?  Maybe you do feel intimidated, doubtful, and discouraged…  Maybe it’s time for you to start relying on God.