Food For Thought: Imagine God withholding His grace from us? Would our hope in Christ sustain, or would we consider that putting our trust in Him is all in vain?
Many of us depend on God, hoping He will answer our prayers.
We PRAY and….
1) “Believe” that He is able!
2) “Trust” Him to do it!
3) “Faith” to expect it!
4) “Hope” that it’s His will!
I knew that the results of my upcoming CT Scan could alter the promising journey of recovery I was on if the images showed that the cancer came back.
So…over the course of months, what did I do?
I maintained a sacrifice of praise and reminded myself when fear and doubt tried to capture my trust in God and the victory I have in Jesus, I would tell myself…
Actually, that wasn’t my only recourse, because during times like this, we have to suit up with the whole armor of God by fasting, praying, and taking of communion in remembrance of what Jesus did for us. So when those pestering thoughts tried to invade my mind, I would say….
I’m so happy though to be able to share my blessing of what God has done for me through His Son Jesus Christ. The results of my follow-up CT scan showed that there was no sign of cancer in my abdomen, pelvic, or chest. This is certainly the grace of God and it reassured me of the hope I have in what Jesus can and will do as I trust Him to work out all His plans and purposes for my life according to His Will.
Our fears can cause us to lose hope despite our beliefs. That’s why scripture reminds us..
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. ~Isaiah 41:10
Have you ever considered why Peter denied knowing Jesus three times despite how confident he was in who Jesus is?
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. ~John 6:67-69
Can you imagine being Peter, witnessing the miracles performed by Jesus, confessing that He believes Jesus is the great I AM, Son of the living God, yet in his moment of fear, he denies knowing Him?
Was Peter any different from us?
I think not! Don’t we, as Peter, allow our circumstances and the problems we face to cause fear to distract and discourage us?
I know I have!
As I faced Dr. Diaz, awaiting the news of my CT scan, trusting God’s promise that all things work together for the good of those who love Him, I experienced a moment of fear. Despite the fact that I boldly wear this scripture, Romans 8:28 on the back of my chemo cape. Yet, in that very moment as he is telling me how good I am doing and I’m waiting on him to mention the results, I couldn’t wait much longer that I blurted out, “Okkkk…what about the CT scan?” After hearing those words, “Oh, everything looks good!” I breathed a sigh of relief, “Oh thank the Lord!”
He went on to remind me about the nodule that was first spotted on the outside cavity of my right lung. If you recall in one of my earlier posts, this was discovered in the Pet scan when I was first diagnosed and then it was later determined that the nodule was not cancer.
Well, he said another nodule showed up but it’s only the size of his pinky fingernail and right now there is no reason to be alarmed. Moreover, he said we will repeat the CT scan in three months.
I left there thinking, darn, does this mean anything? I mean, the first nodule that they thought was cancer, placed me at a Stage 4!
But Ohhhhh….the power of prayer and the praise from God’s promise that “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28
After they determined from further tests that the first nodule was not cancer, I went from having Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer to Stage 3!
It was not until I walked out the hospital and I began to pray that I realized that this was the enemy’s way of trying to rob me of this praiseworthy moment where God has won another victory on my behalf of having a negative CT Scan, yet the enemy was trying to take my focus off the praise and cast it on what I think could be a problem. So I said…
Romans 8:25, “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”
I feel that this helps us to see that our hope should be in the spiritual and not the physical. Pray with confidence, pray boldly God’s promises, and believe that He is a rewarder of good things.
So even when we don’t see the visible signs of what God’s up to, our hope in Him through Jesus Christ should be enough motivation for us to wait patiently for Him to reveal His good work and purpose.
You don’t have to see things happening in your life to believe that God is working through His Son Jesus in us, through us, and for us!!
Lord, let me be reminded that the MORE I Hope in You, the GREATER my Faith will be.
Peter’s story should be a great reminder that he was no different from us when it came to being fearful. He witnessed firsthand the miracles Jesus performed, confident in who Jesus was, as well as being Jesus’s close friend, yet even Peter went through a period in his life where his weakness and fear caused him to take his eyes off God, denying Him.
I think this should make us as believers not be so hard on ourselves when we say our hope is in God and I know He has a plan for our lives or that He will see us through our times of trouble, yet there are times we second guess His power to do all things.
Aren’t there times when our talk doesn’t match our walk?
God knows that as believers, our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak and when we are faced with the struggles of this life, we often times see our problem bigger than what we think God is able to do. We pray and profess to trust God but secretly in our hearts, we carry the burden of doubt and fear.
But during those times of lost hope and failure to see the bigger picture of how God is working things out, why not use ESP?
Enough Sense to Pray!
I can’t credit myself for this, I heard Pastor Gibbs use this acronym in one of his sermons and I loved it!
The privilege in praying to God is going to Him in faith, knowing that He is able to answer our prayers. If we are going to approach Him with an attitude of praying out of obligation or as a final resort, yet having a spirit of doubt whether God is able to do anything, then why bother. I’m here to tell you, don’t waste your time and definitely don’t waste God’s time either. Remember, those who come to Him must believe He is able.
James 1:6-8 says that when we pray and have doubts, we are being double minded. You see, not only should our prayers be single-minded, focused on God’s sovereignty but also single-minded in how we think. God wants us to take our eyes off our problems and put our focus on Him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. ~James 1:6-8
This reminds me of a sermon Pastor Rick from Christ Fellowship preached a few weeks ago using the analogy of a penny. I was so fascinated by it as he was preaching because I found it to be so true. Ok, so this is how the power of the penny works.
Get a penny and put it in front of one eye.
What do you see out of that eye? If you say nothing, then you got the idea.
That’s right! This small penny represents the size of our problem. But when we allow our problem to block our view, we lose sight of God. Our focus is now on the problem and all of a sudden, we are unable to see God in the midst of our trouble.
What happens is that we take our problem that God sees as a molehill and we give so much power to it that soon we have made a mountain out of a molehill. We have placed much emphasis on the mountain of our problem that it seems insurmountable for God to handle.
Scripture tells us our faith will be able to move mountains and nothing will be impossible for us. So, why not shift your focus off the problem and put the power of God at your focus point.
Why don’t we let the faith we have in God of what He is capable of doing, be professed through our praise.
So, when you pray… asking, trusting, and believing God to answer your prayer, yet your mind revert to what James refers to as being double minded, because you struggle to believe that God is bigger than your problem, just remember that even Peter in his fear felt hopeless at one point. God knows that we are not perfect and that’s why His Word says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
Isn’t it so good to know that…
“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.”
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