Thursday, August 27, 2015
SOON TO BE RELEASED!
Giving everyone a sneak peek! : )
All too often, your time with God seems empty, lacking everything you were hoping for, as you pray through your doubt and cling to whatever faith you have left. It’s difficult at best when you can’t see anything happening. You pray, but there are no answers…and if there are, they aren’t the answers you were looking for. In fact, often times your prayers seem to take you into deeper despair. You question if God is there, if He cares, and whether or not faith is really worth the fight.
But we miss the point. We see things on the surface and grow weary in the waiting. We give in and give up in the silence and our impatience hinders our hearing God. We fail to understand that it’s in the silence that God is trusting us more than we’re trusting Him. In the silence, faith is demanded—God is taking our faith deeper. Because it’s when mountains are moving, and when seas are parting…we don’t need faith at all. That’s when our faith has taken sight…oh how we’d rather walk by sight instead of by faith. But God’s ways are higher than our own…and we have to trust they’re better.
God has promised to answer you when He calls to you—the obstacle is believing that His answer is truly what’s best. We tend to build up walls, when God doesn’t show up when we want Him to and in the way we want Him to. You see, persistence in prayer doesn’t mean your faith overrules God’s perfect will for you…nor should you want it to—you’ll know that you’ve gone deeper in your faith when you find peace in trusting that God HAS heard you and that He WILL answer in His perfect way, in His perfect timing. It’s going beyond experiential faith—deeper faith gives you deeper peace…and you need that.
Our greatest desire in faith should be that God would take it deeper—deeper than our faith has ever gone before. And it’s when God answers that prayer, that we must grasp His ways, realizing that God may very well allow circumstances in our lives (the ones that threaten our faith and take it into the depths of doubt) to draw us nearer to Him—to deepen our faith. (And make a “note to self”…going deeper in your faith, trusting God more, will never be easy.)—Pray for patience and God is going to put you in situation that tests your patience in extraordinary ways. Pray to be prosperous and successful, and though God blesses you, He’s going to ask you to share your great reward. Pray for health and He just may ask you to care for someone who is ill. Always be ready for God to take your faith DEEPER…and be willing to dive ALL IN…don’t just get your feet wet.
So, pray, persistently, knowing that God WILL answer…press through the walls of doubt and into His presence where you’ll find peace, joy, and endless glimpses of His glory. And above all, never give into your fear—pray with all that you are that God will take your faith DEEPER.
Posted by Cherie Hill at 10:23 AM
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