Ask. Believe. Don’t budge.

My mind was on a lot of things this morning, but as I began to pray and read my scriptures/devotionals, these thoughts started pouring in. So I grabbed my computer to share.

“Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” {Luke 18:1}

“The failure to persevere is the most common problem in prayer and intercession. We begin to pray for something, raising our petitions for a day, a week, or even a month, but then if we have not received a definite answer, we quickly give up and stop praying for it altogether. This is a mistake with deadly consequences and is simply a trap where we begin many times but never see them completed. It leads to ruin in every area of life. People who get into the habit of starting without ever finishing form the habit of failure. And those who begin praying about something without ever praying it through to a successful conclusion form the same habit in prayer. Giving up is admitting failure and defeat. Defeat then leads to discouragement and doubt in the power of prayer, and that is fatal to the success of a person’s prayer life. Pray until what you pray for has been accomplished OR until you have complete assurance in your heart that it will be.” {Streams in the Desert}

Don't Give Up!“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” {James 1:6}

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” {Hebrews 10:23}

I recently read this comment on concerning a question about what makes someone double-minded. “Well in my understanding one has to read vv. 6-8 to get the context of the question you are asking. It is that of a person who will not trust God, he is as unstable as a wave. He is not asking in faith. There is doubt. {Look up Eph. 4:14}. He is double-minded because he trusts God but yet does not trust completely. His heart is not simply given up to God. James 4:8 goes along with this verse. God is always ready to accept those who truly come Him. The double-minded are those Christians divided in their heart’s love between God and the world. The person is bouncing back and forth like in Eph. 4:14 it says toss to and fro. He is not trusting completely!” {Thanks, Cyber Munchkin!}

This was my God’s Calling devotional. “The oarsman, trusting in Me, does not lean on his oars and drift with the tide, trusting to the current. Nay, more often – once I have shown the way – it is against the tide you must direct all your effort. And even when difficulties come, it is by your effort that they will be surmounted. My fishermen-disciples did not find the fishes ready on the shore in their nets. I take man’s effort and bless that. I need man’s effort – he needs My blessing.”

I also subscribe to Kimberly Jones-Pothier on Facebook mainly because with all the ‘junk’ FB hands out daily, her God-inspired words are a refreshing piece of light in the dark. This was today’s post. “Lord, help us learn to hang onto You when our world is rocked with dramatic change. Empower us to trust You and not to panic and fight for control. Help us to stop confusing a change in our circumstances as a change in our security status. You are our security. You are the one sure thing. When everything around us shakes, You are unshakable. Nothing has the effect on us to expose false gods in our world like a sudden change in our circumstances. Help us to see them and surrender them instantaneously. Use change to provoke what needs to be changed in us, Lord, increase our appreciation for the only one who is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Amen!!”

Wow. Powerful statement – ‘nothing has the effect on us to expose false gods in our world like a sudden change in our circumstances.’ Think you don’t lean on your career, your routines, your 5-year life plans, your health, your status?…watch what happens when they are pulled away.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” {2 Timothy 3:16}

Speaking of ‘training’, check out today’s Jesus Calling. {Is it just me or are you sensing a theme here?} “If you learn to trust Me – really trust Me – with your whole being, then nothing can separate you from My peace. Everything you endure can be put to good use by allowing it to train you in trusting Me. This is how you foil the works of evil, growing in grace through the adversity that was meant to harm you. Joseph was a prime example of this divine reversal, declaring to his brothers: ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ Do not fear what this day, or any day, may bring your way. Concentrate on trusting Me and on doing what needs to be done. Relax in My sovereignty, remembering that I go before you, as well as with you, into each day. Fear no evil, for I can bring good out of every situation you will ever encounter.” {Some emphasis mine}

When is God going to let me know something? Don’t know.
When is this storm going to calm down. Don’t know.
When is life going to become easy? …ummm, probably never. {Sorry.}

God gives peace in the storm.
God gives strength for the journey.
God equips us to follow His path.

So what does a successful journey require? An unwavering belief that God is in control always, that He knows right where you are, and that He will finish the work He has begun in you even though it looks as though He’s hiking in the Alps right now.

Does everything look uncertain right now? Believe Him anyways.
Do you feel turned around and confused? Don’t budge.

You do understand what training is like, right? It takes you from not knowing something to very much knowing it. It breaks downs muscles and rebuilds them stronger. It gets rid of old ways that don’t line up with God’s way of thinking, and puts new ones in their place.

But it ain’t easy. However, it’s always worth it.

Stop worrying.
Stop going back-and-forth.
Stop freaking out.

Because God can’t work with doubt and unbelief. It’s His kryptonite. Once He gives you the course of action, continue to follow it until He says otherwise. Just ask Daniel about the lion’s den. He can tell you all about walking into ‘rough waters’ and God using it for His glory. Your situation is no different.

Ask. Believe. Don’t budge. Got it?

{Now where’s my chocolate… ;) }

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2 Responses to Ask. Believe. Don’t budge.

  1. Dad says:

    I think you covered all the finer points. I noticed many of the blogs I follow are tending toward change in their lives and, as always, their lives are not as settled as before. It is good to watch the changes taking place, knowing the improvements are coming.

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