How to stand out
Don’t you just love when you are reading the bible and God illuminates something in a way that is just so darn real.
Take for example Mark 10:15
“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”” (Mark 10:15, ESV)
Did you catch that?
Jesus started off by saying, “Truly I say to you.”
I saw that and I automatically pictured Jesus saying, “So look guys, before you hear the rest of what I am going to say you have to stop a second and think about this….what I am about to say it not a lie, a suggestion, or my imagination. What I am about to say is something that you really can rely on, trust in, with all that you are…honest!”
So first He says, “Trust me”…then the rest of it basically tells us how to trust Him. We are to come to Him like children.
The average child does not spend the day trying to figure out how to make things happen, and the night worrying about whether or not it will happen.
The average child is not on medication to sleep, because their brain is so used to fretting that it cannot shut off.
No the average child is not mentally drained all the time.
And because they are not so wound up, and exhausted with worry over what will come next, they follow where they are led.
We are called to be like them.
The Bible says
“The LORD will continually lead you; he will feed you even in parched regions. He will give of you renewed strength, and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water.” (Isaiah 58:11, NET)
God said it so we can trust it, because we can trust Him.
But we will never allow Him to lead us if we don’t trust Him enough to come to Him like a Child.
Rest in God! Trust Him to lead you to where you need to go and do what you are called to do.
Stop trying to figure out something that was never your responsibility.
Truly I say to you, trust God! You will not be put to shame for He is trust worthy!!
God is stirring up something in me lately and as a result some things are starting to bug me.
Now for those of you that know me, you will know that I am, for the most part a very positive person, and yet here I am bugged.
But even more than being bugged I am sad.
Why? Because we are supposed to be a people of simple faith!!!!!!!!
We are supposed to be those who are like children. A people who simply believe God!!
And yet we as Christians have chosen to mostly rely on ourselves, resulting in our becoming a people who do not really believe that God could do “Awesome and Amazing Things” through us or through others.
Jesus himself said in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to people like these.“
Who does heaven belong too?
Those who simply believe.
Think about it!! When a child is playing outside and they hear the call from their mom “Dinner!” they do not stop and think “hmmm I wonder if I should go inside. There probably is not food there, I will probably look stupid if I go to the table! My friends will think I am a sucker for believing there is food, so I better stay outside even though I am hungry.”
We need to start believing and then acting on the things that God is putting on our hearts!!!! We need to go to His table and be fed!!!
Come on Christians, God wants to change the world through us!!!!!
But He cannot do that if we refuse to come in from the cold!!!
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In Mark 5:36 Jesus said…“Do not fear, only believe.” (ESV) “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (NIV) “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.” (NLT) “Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.” (AMP) “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.” (The Message)
No matter how you slice it that is the word of God to us.
He wants us to stop being so afraid of what we think can happen and just believe and do what He is telling us to do.
In the case above Jesus was talking to a man who wanted to Jesus to heal his daughter but was met with discouragement in the form of a well meaning friend who told him that it was to late, to not bother Jesus any further.
How many of us are on the brink of a miracle when a well meaning friend or family member comes alongside us, puts a arm around out shoulder and says, “Its to late for you, it’s best to give up that dream.” Or “What you are believing for is never going to happen. It is better you quit now before people start to call you crazy, you lose your job, you lose your home, you lose your friends…” etc.
How many of us will find out when we get to heaven that if we just simply believed Jesus and held fast to His promises just a little bit longer that we would have seen amazing things happen?
God wants to do great things through you so that others may see His work in your life and come to know Him. Yet God is stopped when we let our fear override our faith!!
If God is telling you to believe for something big, if it lines up with scripture, and you have asked God to redirect your steps if it is not Him, and He is still asking you to simply believe His word and press in, then Press in!!
Don’t quit, don’t give up!
Every time fear creeps in go to God in prayer and worship and Keep Going!!
I am cheering you on!!
I am praying for you!!!
With Christ all things are possible if you simply believe!!!!!!