Faith Deficiency {{Week 4}}

We are on our last week of our Isaiah 40 study. I invite you to join me, as we reflect on today’s devotion time.

The Scriptures – Isaiah 40:27; Luke 18:7-8

“O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights (Isa. 40:27, NLT)?

 

 “Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith (Lk. 18:7-8)?”

Faith Deficient?

In today’s Isaiah passage, we are bluntly asked the reason for our complaints… tempted to think that God would ever hide Himself from the circumstances of our lives. It paints a portrait to a deeper problem, which reveals a deficiency in the faith department of our lives.

 

Through the Bible, we are given God’s perfect thoughts and words. God’s Word is alive and active even at this very moment (see Heb. 4:12). God is teaching us that He is faithful and always in control. He is the very One we can trust.

It doesn’t matter how tough of a time we are going through, because we can trust God with the hard stuff of our lives.

 

“We can trust God with the hard stuff of our lives.” (Click-to-Tweet)

This is a truth I would be wise to listen to, as I sit with some new medical information. What I face today – is not greater than God. God is my good good Father, and that never changes. Even when life doesn’t happen the way we want, God is still good… and still faithful!

Never Ever Give Up

In Luke 18:7-8, we are learning the importance of praying and not giving up. Some things in my life are embarrassing to talk about – with any one. However, here, God is showing me that He deeply cares! The things I avoid thinking about – He sees. He doesn’t come at me with judgment, but compassion through the eyes of my ever-loving Savior Jesus.

 

“The things I keep avoiding thinking about – He sees…[with] compassion through the eyes of my ever-loving Savior..” (Click-to-Tweet)

God isn’t afraid of the big or small things of our lives. God stands, ready to listen and be our ever-present help… if only, we would trust God. He is full of power and compassion, that He longs to pour over into our lives.

Why do we say God disregards our ways, when nothing could be further from the truth?

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I invite you to join me for our next study. Starting September 11, we will begin our “Gleaning from the Heart of Jesus” study – where we will explore Matthew 4-7 in bite-size chunks. You can pick up your study journal over on Amazon. Bonus: As an Amazon affiliate, you can support the blog with any purchase you make using this link (which will take you straight to the new journal, for ease). I hope to see you join us for our upcoming study. It is going to be a great time of worship and study!

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Bright Stars

phil 15Yesterday, I got the opportunity to just write out my thoughts on sharing the love of Christ through my actions, and what to do when it doesn’t happen as it should.

Truth is: I fail. I fail at showing His love. Though I may fail, I need to remember the bigger picture. It is about much more than my attitude, heart, and actions. Those things are important, but I have to remember how my attitude impacts the world around me.

“If we want to know what to do when it matters most, we’ve got to be committed to showing up to practice.” -Lysa Terkeurst

In order to cultivate an attitude of showing Christ’s love, we must practice. We must take up this exercise daily of learning to show His love no matter what we may face in our day or life. It is repenting daily for the ways of failing Him, and praising Him when He helps us show His love.

In order to love, I must consider my best yes opportunities and lay down the decisions that are not my best yes. I must count the cost of my decisions if I want to make “best yes” kind of decisions. I take up many activities that I should decline, or leave available for others. I know, many of us do. “If I don’t do it, who will?” In order to do things with the love of Christ as my motivation, I must learn to lay down those decisions that are not my best yes moments.

So, what is at stake? Philippians 2:15 teach us the importance of our best yes decisions and having an attitude of love.

  • We are showing ourselves as pure and innocent. Uncontaminated by the things of this world James 1:27 talks about being uncontaminated from the world.

    When we are seeking this kind of lifestyle, we will pursue showing the love of Christ when it means putting aside our feelings, to do the will of God.

    It will also mean saying “no”, when we sense that is something God is instructing us to do. It means showing an attitude of love, and willingly being His Witness!

  • As we pursue a lifestyle of love, we prove that we are children of God. It is only by God’s grace that we are saved and called His own! But as we celebrate our new life in Him, we pursue a lifestyle where:

→ We are putting God first

→ Seeking to repent of all wrong. We want to get and stay right with God!

→ Pursue a life that glorifies Him. We need to put away the things that don’t glorify God and in fact hurt our relationship with Him. This is why it is so important to consider our ways, and stay untainted from this wicked world.

Remaining steadfast in our resolution to not grumble or complain plays a key part in trusting God and His direction for our lives.

We need to consider His ways, desire to please Him, and walk likewise in His ways. The Bible teaches us how we can please God.

Among the world, we can be seen as bright stars shining for His purpose and glory!