Faith Floats

Doubt sinks ships, but faith floats and carries us to the other side.

If we let our faith be our guide, there is absolutely nothing to fear.

At a time when I needed to rely on my faith to carry out what God had put on my heart, God pointed me to this scripture.

Hebrews 11:1-40 (V1) Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

There are thirteen verses that begin with “It was by faith….” If I counted right throughout this chapter in Hebrews. the word “faith” is mentioned at least 21 times. I had to read every one of them before I got it. He wanted me to have more faith. To trust Him fully and be obedient without fear, seeking to do His will in all things.

We need to be a tree- unmovable in our faith. Deeply rooted in God’s truth.

If we rely on our faith – He will see us through. We’ve experienced what He has done for us and enjoyed a new life – now we can rest on His promises for an even better life ahead. If we remain faithful- we will receive everything we need.

I sometimes think about the things I entrusted to men in my past. Those are the things I should have feared. Yet I trusted them. I can see now where that got me. The things God asks of me are no comparison. So why should I fear Him? I know the things God is asking are good and lead to righteousness. I just need to have complete faith and trust in a God who changed my life.

Not only do we need knowledge of His truth, understanding of His word, discernment and wisdom but once He gives us all these things, we must put our faith into action.

We need to get off the bench and get in the game.

James 2:26

Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

Masking the Truth

I can relate to the raccoon on some level. I wore a mask in public for many years. Hiding truths in our lives can be like wearing a mask. We are masking the lies of our secret lives.

Anytime we feel we have to wear a mask in public and we are living in fear of someone seeing the truth about us, it is a huge red flag that we need to change things in our life and face the reality of who we are in private. If that doesn’t match up to who we are in pubic, it’s time for an evaluation.

I’m claustrophobic so the thought of crawling on my belly through a dark cave and running into cobwebs or worse, is suffocating.  But, that is what I did for many years by letting the truth of who I was in that season of life keep me in fear, in the dark, hiding from my truth and afraid to be seen or asked any questions. It was icky, like walking a massive cobweb that you can’t shake off.

I say in season, because at our core, that is not who we are or was meant to be. But sometimes we are in a season of life where we are allowing the world and the enemy to win the battle. We might not know how to fight the battle yet. But God will help us. He is the One person we can’t hide the truth. Even if we are very good at masking it to others, God knows our hearts and everything about us. I learned the hard way how miserable it is to live two lives. We may get away with it on the surface – but we are the ones it truly hurts. Being honest with God and ourselves brings honor and an integrity that leads to ultimate joy and peace.

Once we are free, we can stand up right and walk a straight path unafraid of the truth. That is a freedom beyond words that I am so grateful to receive.

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Anticipation

In today’s world we have instant everything. We want it now without waiting for it. Whatever ‘it’ is. But we sometimes must ‘wait’ on God and that isn’t easy, mostly because we aren’t used to waiting on anything else for the most part.

We can’t run ahead of God when we don’t know where we are going or what to do when we get there. Shortcuts just don’t work out as well in this arena. It reminds me of the story in 2 Samuel 18:21-32 when Joab was sending a messenger to let David know about the battle and his son’s death. Ahimaaz wanted to run and kept begging Joab to let him go too. Finally, Joab just told him to go ahead. He took the less demanding route and got to the King before the messenger but he didn’t have the message so he couldn’t tell David anything about the battle or his son– he only saw confusion. The King told him to step aside while he waited for the real messenger.

Allowing God to lead means just that- let Him lead. Sometimes that means waiting to hear from Him or making small steps towards a bigger goal, as we trust in God to show us the next step.

Since ‘wait’ seems like such a harsh word to us I decided to look up another word to use or think of instead. I like the word ‘anticipation’ as it seems more exciting. For me, it puts waiting into perspective. If we can anticipate God’s next move with excitement, we can find joy in the ‘waiting’ if you will. It’s like when we were kids and anticipated our birthday or a surprise gift.

God won’t let us down. He has the best laid plans and gifts.

Let’s look at different versions of this scripture: Psalm 27:14

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. NLT

I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God. MSG

So, you see in this illustration another way to look at waiting- as stay with God. If you look at the definition for the word wait you see 1) stay where one is or delay action until a particular time. (Merriam-Webster)

Hopefully, in looking at it in the light of honoring God and His best plan as a gift that will be for us- it will make the waiting season or anticipation easier.

5 Day Devo for the Burdened Soul

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Times are tough. We all need peace and rest. But it’s hard to fully let go and release it to God. I love this verse about about releasing our burdens to Him.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. …For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28;30

I am offering this 5 day devotional about learning to let go – please share with anyone you think needs this.

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I am praying for you as you dive into it.

In gratitude…peace be with you!

Angela K. Crow

Uncharted Territory

Sometimes we can go along God’s path for us with great peace and joy. Other days, peace isn’t as easily accomplished. When we are in the middle of something new God is doing in our life it can feel unfamiliar because we haven’t travelled this new path very long.

As we look around for something familiar, we can feel alone, but that is never the case. God is always with us, guiding us along His path to the purpose He called us to do. We just need to stay our course knowing He is in control.

As I had several areas of my life changing, even though I knew I was on the path God set for me. It wasn’t always easy to walk through it because I couldn’t see where it was leading. Doubt started to creep in. I could see all these things as precious gifts He was giving me, but I still had fears about what it meant and all the things that were going to change because of it.

Then I realized I must be on the right track if the enemy was trying to discourage me in all these great things. I can use those pings of doubt to align myself with God’s plan and stay on course. Even when everything around me looks unfamiliar, I know God is with me. He knows the plans He has for me. I just need to keep on listening, obeying and sometimes waiting for my next move. He is my constant companion. He is inside me to guide me. I can hear Him wherever I am. Even if everything around me is alien and unfamiliar. I know it will be great growth.

Don’t give up on your dreams and gifts. God didn’t give up on you so don’t give up on Him. He is constantly working. Just because we can’t see the future and how our gifts will be used for His glory- He can and that is enough. We only need glimpses of the beauty of the path He is taking us on. Stay focused on Him. Do what we know today with what He gives us for today. When it is time to use it or move, He will let you know.

You can experience joy and peace using the gifts He gave you each day and then before you know it one day you will understand how He is using it and you for the bigger plan He has for you.

Sometimes the walk we are in isn’t desirable to the flesh, but it will feed the spirit. Stay on course, listen for His cues and nudges. Pay attention but don’t fear missing them. Trust Him and be confident in what He is doing in you.

Next time you start to doubt what God is doing, thank Him for your gifts in Jesus’ name. Be filled with inner peace and joy that He chose you for such a mission. When our actions are aligned with God’s word, we know we are on the right track if the enemy is trying to stop us. Stay out of the weeds so you can see the beauty of the journey ahead. Don’t forget to look up. Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t turning out like you thought. God has the blueprints and He is always with you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-14

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10