Tuesday, July 6

Do you have faith God has your back?

In life who do you trust the most; consider your most dependent friend, who do you confide in? Most would list off their spouse, best friend, significant other, etc. but shouldn’t we instead by saying God? Shouldn’t God be the one we continually go back to for advice, comfort, strength and confidence?

We are hurt by our spouses and friends over the course of our lifetime and yet we continually forgive and go back to them. Sometimes it’s an unhealthy relationship of pain and other times it’s blessed by God and extremely healthy but either way things happen, we get hurt and forgive. Ultimately it’s because even if you are seeking God and striving for righteousness you still fall into sin and hurt others.

God is righteous, He is trustworthily, He is our protector, yet when He hurts us or we think He has done wrong against us we instantly turn away giving Him no time to explain, to pull us closer and hug us, to lift us up. His word repeatedly shows us his trustworthiness and promises of protection. “God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,” reads 1Corinthians 1:9 of the Amplified. “He can be depended on,” I love that part, when I read that it means I will always have someone’s shoulder to cry on, someone to lean on. When we are let down by God, is it really God who let us down or ourselves? Let me explain myself, what I mean by this is did we believe or want something that didn’t line up with God’s word thus He wouldn’t provide it or did we lose faith somewhere along the way that God could provide it for us thus limiting God? God always has our best interest at heart that has to be solidified in your heart by further reading of His word. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful,” Hebrews 10:23. This conclusion was not easy for me to come too, I had to be humbled by God on many occasions and have the workings of the Holy Spirit to come to this. You see I went up for much better job, I prayed about it and felt that it was right. Everything was going successful, testing, interview, everything but when it finally came down to it I didn’t get it. This was really hard for me because I truly believed I had heard from the Holy Spirit, had others tell me the same thing and yet I didn’t get it. While I had prayed about it and even perhaps did hear that it was mine, I wanted it for the wrong reasons and for that God couldn’t provide. It was a position of greater influence and pay; I looked on that too much instead of depending on God to provide. While I tried to believe His promises in Luke 12:24 which says “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!” I had lost sight of that and lost faith in that, I was believing too much on myself and seeing the possibilities of providing for my family than God as my provider. I also sought after the power; I have always wanted a position of power so I could make change happen. The other night while in Bible study with my husband the Holy Spirit gave me a revelation, “You have always wanted a position of power to make change happen, but as a believer in Christ Jesus you already have the power to make change happen because you have the power of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.” It took months after the event of losing that job opportunity for my heart to open enough for God to give me this, to show me why that job wasn’t part of His plan for my life but part of my own.

God’s word gives us multiple examples and promises of His faithfulness towards us. All of Hebrews 11 is about our faith in God and how He is faithful to us, He provides and protects whether it’s being able to conceive as Sarah, being led through the wilderness and fed even when food was not present as Abraham or Noah being warned and prepared for the flood. God provided and protected, He was faithful to all of those people and is still faithful to us today as long as we have faith in Him and declare Him as Lord of our lives. The question is whether you can have that level of faith, the level of faith as defined in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and conviction of things not seen.” Can you believe in God, Father, Son and Spirit without seeing them but only seeing their mighty works no matter how small they may be? Can you free yourself of the worldly mindset and pick-up the mindset of God? Can you believe and KNOW Isaiah 54:15 to be true, “If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me…” God not only has our back, He is standing in front of us with a sword of Glory, Might and Majesty fighting for us every time. Without that we would crumble like dust.