HELP MY UNBELIEF

Ever noticed that people who believe the impossible have the most impact?

As we approach the MLK holiday, I’m beginning to develop a renewed appreciation for Dr. King as a revolutionary.

He believed a system – a belief system could be toppled – because he knew it was wrong. And he believed it was wrong in the eyes of God.

He was stirred in his spirit to the point he could no longer ignore it.

I believe he developed a resolve to withstand beatings and abuse from all angles.

In a story in Mark 9, Jesus’ disciples were confronted with the impossible themselves.

A boy was possessed and oppressed by a spirit – much like America was possessed and oppressed by hatred.

The disciples tried to cast it out – to no avail.  But when the boy’s father came to Jesus, he said:

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

     -Mark 9:24b (NIV)

The boy’s father was acknowledging he knew what was possible, because his situation just wasn’t right.

But he also acknowledged he didn’t have the faith to do what was necessary to change it.

The good news is in Jesus’ response to this situation (as always):

“Everything is possible for one who believes.”

     -Mark 9:23b (NIV)

I’m praying that I will be able to see situations like Jesus does.

I’m expecting a revolution!

I believe the world is God’s and that He wants all to believe in Jesus Christ.

But to demonstrate my faith, I have to be willing to lose – just as Dr. King did, and Christ.

I may not have to give it all, my life. But to overcome the world, I’ve got to be willing to give up my affections for this world.

Can you believe?

Who is connected to you that needs to hear and see the goodness of Jesus?

Is it you?

I want to assure you that Jesus won’t disappoint you like everything else in this world that we trust.

Your past disappointments are not an example of how companionship with Jesus works.

Don’t let the pains of the past turn your heart cold toward His love.

Blessings to you all…

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A PROMISE IS A PROMISE: DON’T BE AFRAID

A promise is a promise.

Think about that. It’s got a “duh” element to it, sure. But there’s a reason this phrase has survived.

It states something very powerful.

The idea is a promise is sure. It is certain. It is what it says it is.

That is what the Lord Jesus wants you to know today and everyday for the rest of your life!

He said “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

After studying the definition of forsake, it’s clear God is saying He will never QUIT ON YOU, ABANDON YOU, TURN AWAY FROM YOU, DESERT YOU, MAROON OR STRAND YOU.

He’s always there when you need Him. He’s just calling and calling… and He can’t wait until you answer.

Just try it. Talk to Him!

He knows how you feel anyway.

But He can’t do some things for you until you give Him permission.

If you’re mad at Him, let Him know.

But whatever you do, ask Him to show Himself to you. And welcome Him into your heart.

A PROMISE IS THE OPPOSITE OF A LIE.

A PROMISE IS THE OPPOSITE OF A DISAPPOINTMENT.

And the cool thing is… the opposite of forsake is to RECLAIM (from Webster’s dictionary)!

God is waiting for you to ask Him in so He can reclaim what you’ve lost in this world.

Don’t be afraid. Just trust Him…

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