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5 Promises to Propel Your Faith

5 Promises to Propel Your Faith

The Bible overflows with promises from God to His people. Promises He, alone can declare and fulfill. As a Christian, I find that my problem is not that I don’t know this about God and His Word, but rather I fail to remember it. Join me in a short refresher course of God’s promises in the book of Isaiah. Here are 5 Promises to Propel Your Faith. Pray over them. Speak them out loud. Save them to your phone. And begin to experience the power of God’s word in your own life.

Promise #1 to Propel Your Faith: Isaiah 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Isaiah 32:8

In a world filled with uncertainty, God promises to be our guide. His wisdom surpasses human understanding, and His loving gaze is always upon us. Trust in His guidance as you navigate the twists and turns of life’s journey.

 

Promise #2 to Propel Your Faith: Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

When we place our hope in the Lord, He infuses us with His divine strength. Like eagles soaring effortlessly in the sky, we can overcome obstacles and persevere through challenges without growing weary. Take courage in knowing that God empowers you to endure.

 

Promise #3 to Propel Your Faith: Isaiah 41:10

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 NLT

In moments of fear and discouragement, God offers us His unwavering presence and support. He is our refuge and strength, our ever-present help in times of trouble. Rest assured that His victorious hand is always ready to uphold and sustain you.

 

Promise #4 to Propel Your Faith: Isaiah 49:15-16

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

16See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:15-16

Even if human love fails us, God’s love remains steadfast and unwavering. He cherishes us with a love deeper than any earthly affection, inscribing our names on the palms of His hands as a constant reminder of His unfailing devotion. Take comfort in knowing that you are eternally held in God’s loving embrace.

 

Promise #5 to Propel Your Faith: Isaiah 54:10

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10

In the midst of life’s upheavals and uncertainties, God’s love remains steadfast and unchanging. His covenant of peace endures through every storm, offering us a secure anchor in the midst of chaos. Trust in God’s unfailing love, for His compassion towards you knows no bounds.

 

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Remembering God’s Faithfulness

Remembering God’s Faithfulness

In the midst of life’s trials and uncertainties, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, discouraged, or stuck in that doom and gloom spiral of negativity. Yet, as Christians, we have a powerful tool at our disposal—one that has been employed by believers throughout the ages: the practice of remembering God’s faithfulness.

Psalm 77:11 reminds us of the importance of this timeless strategy:

“I will remember the deeds of the LORD.”

This verse serves as a beacon of hope, guiding us out of the darkness of despair and into the light of God’s faithfulness.

When we face obstacles, impossibilities, disappointments, or the sense that our lives are stagnant, you and I can break free from the grip of despair by following these steps:

Step 1: Stop the Spiral of Negativity

The first step is to make a conscious decision to halt the downward spiral of negative thinking. Instead of dwelling on our problems, we must choose to stop rehearsing the junk that holds us back from believing in God’s faithfulness.

Step 2: Replace Negative Thoughts with God’s Faithfulness

Once we’ve stopped the negative spiral, we need to fill our minds with thoughts of God’s past faithfulness. Just as the Psalmist recounts the deeds of the LORD, we should reflect on the countless times and various ways God has come through for us and others.

Step 3: Preach to Yourself

Whenever anxiety or worry creeps in, we must remind ourselves of the goodness and faithfulness of God. Like a preacher delivering a powerful sermon, we can proclaim the wonders of God’s faithfulness, both in Scripture and in our own lives.

By following these steps—stopping the negativity, replacing negative thoughts with God’s faithfulness, and preaching to ourselves—we can break free from the spiral of gloom and doom. Sweet discouraged Sister, we are not bound to despair. You are I are empowered by the grace of God to live in hope and confidence.

So, my friend, when you find yourself trapped in a spiral of negativity, remember the words of the Psalmist:

“I will remember the deeds of the LORD.”

Take heart in the knowledge that God has been faithful in the past. Write it down if you must. Then take charge of your thoughts, believing He will continue to be faithful in the future.

Oh, how we need encouragement in this area! May God help us to lift up one another so that we practice this time-tested strategy for bolstering our faith. Remembering that God is always with us, guiding us through every trial and triumph is our path to victorious living. As we preach to ourselves the wonders of His faithfulness, may our hearts be filled with hope, joy, and unwavering trust in our Heavenly Father.

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Navigating Doubt: Four Biblical Responses

Navigating Doubt: 4 Biblical Responses to Common Spiritual Struggles

Hey there, friend! Have you ever found yourself standing at the edge of doubt, questioning the very foundation of your faith? You’re not alone. According to research from The Barna Group, two-thirds of Christians face spiritual doubt at some point in their journey. It’s a common experience—a natural part of our walk with God. But here’s the kicker: it’s not the doubt itself that’s the real issue; it’s how we respond to it that truly matters. So, let’s embark on a journey together to explore this reality and discover four biblical responses to navigating doubt.

Imagine this: you’re standing on the shore, gazing out at the vast ocean of God’s promises. Yet, as the waves of doubt begin to crash against your feet, you find yourself questioning the stability of the ground beneath you. It’s a familiar feeling—a common struggle shared by many believers. But fear not, for we’re about to dive into the depths of Scripture to uncover truths that will anchor us in the midst of doubt.

Common Responses to Spiritual Doubt

According to The Barna Group’s research, when faced with spiritual doubt, the most common response for about half of Christians is to leave their church or worship gatherings. This trend is alarming, highlighting the need for a right and biblical response to doubt. As we navigate through the waves of uncertainty, let’s cling to the hope and assurance found in God’s Word.

Navigating Doubt with Worship

Stay in the Game: When doubt threatens to overwhelm us, the temptation to withdraw from our faith community can be strong. But as Hebrews 10:25 reminds us,

Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Instead of isolating ourselves, let’s lean into our church family for support and encouragement. Remember, it’s in the community of believers that we often experience God’s presence and reassurance.

Consider the example of Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, who doubted the resurrection until he saw Jesus with his own eyes (John 20:24-29). Despite his doubts, Jesus met Thomas where he was and provided the evidence he needed to believe. Likewise, when we feel uncertain, let’s trust that God will reveal Himself to us in unexpected ways.

Navigating Doubt with Scripture

Anchor Yourself in Scripture: The Word of God is our firm foundation—a rock upon which we can stand when doubt threatens to overwhelm us. As Psalm 119:105 declares,

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

By immersing ourselves in Scripture, we gain clarity, wisdom, and strength to navigate through doubts and uncertainties. Let’s commit to diving deep into God’s Word, allowing it to guide us through the storms of doubt.

Navigating Doubt Through Prayer

Pray Without Ceasing: In moments of doubt, prayer is our lifeline to God—the key that unlocks the door to His presence and power. As Philippians 4:6-7 assures us,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Through prayer, we find peace, strength, and renewed faith in God’s promises.

Navigating Doubt through Choosing to Believe

Choose to Believe: God is Greater than Our Doubts. Even when our faith wavers, God remains steadfast and faithful. Consider the example of Abraham, who hoped against hope and believed in the promises of God, even when circumstances seemed impossible (Romans 4:19-22).

And Abraham‘s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.

Despite his doubts and shortcomings, Abraham chose to believe God in the face of impossibilities. And that faith was credited to him as righteousness. Similarly, when we face doubts, let’s remember that God is greater than our uncertainties. He is able to strengthen our faith and lead us into deeper intimacy with Him.

My dear friend, doubt may be a common experience, but it doesn’t have to define our faith journey. By staying connected to our faith community, anchoring ourselves in Scripture, praying without ceasing, and trusting in God’s faithfulness, we can navigate through doubt and emerge stronger in our faith. So let’s embrace these four biblical responses and trust in the unfailing love and faithfulness of our God.

Sending you love, encouragement, and prayers as you navigate your faith journey. Together, let’s press on toward the prize of knowing Christ more deeply and trusting in His unfailing love.

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Biblical Wallflowers: Learning from Overlooked Women of the Bible

Biblical Wallflowers: Learning from Overlooked Women of the Bible

I am a wallflower by nature. You’ve seen women like me. (You might even be a woman like me.) Comfortable on the sidelines. Terrorized at the thought of speaking in the group. You’ve got nothing to say, especially compared to THEM. Experience bears this out, so I remained at an emotional distance relationally many years. That is until I began to understand how God sees me., and how He uses women just like me for great and eternal purposes. In the Bible, I discovered how you and I are to conceptually understand His love and goodness toward us.

Across Scripture we find examples of women like you and me who help show us how He embraces the individual. The lives and experiences of these insignificant Nobodies have influenced me greatly. I no longer find myself in a room feeling invisible or unworthy of being chosen and used by God. You might say these Biblical wallflowers have helped me learn how to be seen and used by God in this life. In fact, I’ve moved from feeling invisible to being what I might call spiritually invincible.

You, too, can experience the freedom and joy that comes from learning how to become seen for all the right reasons and in all the right ways. Let’s look at nine women just like you and me—comfortable in the shadows, living their best wallflower lives, who God uses to show us His love and design for our own lives.

Biblical Wallflowers #1: Abigail

(1 Samuel 25:2-42)

Abigail demonstrated wisdom and diplomacy in a critical situation involving her husband Nabal and David. When David’s men sought provisions from Nabal, he responded rudely, provoking David’s anger. Abigail intervened, bringing food and making peace with David. Her actions averted disaster and showcased her intelligence and courage. After Nabal’s death, David married Abigail, recognizing her as a woman of virtue and discernment. God uses her in her personality and gifting to become more than she ever dreamed possible.

Biblical Wallflowers #2: Priscilla

(Acts 18:1-3, 18-26; Romans 16:3-4; 1 Corinthians 16:19)

Priscilla, along with her husband Aquila, played a significant role in the early Christian community. They were tentmakers by trade and worked with the Apostle Paul. Priscilla is mentioned several times in the New Testament, and she is often listed before her husband, indicating her active involvement in teaching and mentoring. In Acts 18, she and Aquila instruct Apollos in the ways of the Lord. She uses the places where God plants her, sharing her life, experiences, and understanding of who God is in a way God uses mightily.

Biblical Wallflowers #3: Jael

(Judges 4:17-22; 5:24-27)

Jael is a woman who played a crucial role in the defeat of the Canaanite general Sisera. After he fled from the battlefield, seeking refuge, Jael welcomed him into her tent. While he slept, she drove a tent peg through his temple, delivering a decisive blow to the enemy. The Song of Deborah in Judges 5 praises Jael for her bravery in fulfilling a key role in Israel’s victory.

Biblical Wallflowers #4: Joanna

(Luke 8:1-3; 24:1-10)

Joanna was one of the women who followed and supported Jesus during his ministry. She is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke as having been healed by Jesus and later becoming a benefactor to him. Joanna is also one of the women who discovered the empty tomb and witnessed the angelic proclamation of Jesus’ resurrection. Her role in financially supporting Jesus’ ministry and being a witness to the resurrection is noteworthy.

Biblical Wallflowers #5: Huldah

(2 Kings 22:14-20)

Huldah was a prophetess during the reign of King Josiah. When the Book of the Law was discovered in the temple, Josiah sent a delegation to inquire of the Lord through Huldah. Her authoritative response played a crucial role in the religious reforms initiated by Josiah.

Biblical Wallflowers #6: Tabitha (Dorcas)

(Acts 9:36-43)

Tabitha, also known as Dorcas, was a woman known for her acts of charity and kindness. She made tunics and other garments for the widows in her community. When she died, the apostle Peter raised her from the dead, showcasing the impact of her benevolent deeds.

Biblical Wallflowers #7: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar

(Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:36-50)

An unnamed woman, often identified as Mary of Bethany, demonstrates profound love and devotion to Jesus by anointing him with expensive perfume from an alabaster jar. Despite criticism from onlookers, Jesus praises her actions, emphasizing the significance of her gesture in preparation for his burial. This woman’s act symbolizes deep faith, love, and understanding of Jesus’ impending sacrifice.

Biblical Wallflowers #8: Euodia and Syntyche

(Philippians 4:2-3)

Euodia and Syntyche were two women in the early Christian community at Philippi. Although their specific contributions are not detailed, the Apostle Paul mentions them by name and acknowledges their partnership in the gospel. This suggests their active involvement in spreading the Christian message.

Biblical Wallflowers #9:The Widow with Two Mites

(Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4)

In a brief but powerful story, Jesus highlights the sacrificial giving of a poor widow who contributes two small copper coins to the temple treasury. Though her offering is minuscule in monetary value, Jesus commends her for giving all she had. This woman’s act of generosity exemplifies the principle of giving from the heart and sacrificing despite having very little.

These women may not be as well-known as some of the major figures in the Bible, but their stories offer valuable insights into the roles and contributions of women in biblical narratives. They are here for you and me. These testimonies live in the pages of Scripture so that we can see more clearly how God sees his people—even the ones who feel left out and less than.

Four Ways to Draw Inspiration from Biblical Wallflowers

There are at least four ways you and I can benefit from these stories about obscure women on the sidelines.

There is Strength in Diversity

Do not miss the sprinkling of these women across two thousand years, in different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and stations in life. There is no mold we must fit into. They were not limited to one specific role or task, demonstrating that wallflower nobodies can contribute in various ways. Whether it’s through acts of kindness, courage, wisdom, or financial support, the Bible showcases a spectrum of strengths that women possess. You and I are to embrace our God-given unique qualities and understand that our contributions, however small they may seem, can have a significant impact.

Aim for Character and Virtue

The testimony of these lives showcase the importance of character and virtue over societal expectations or outward appearances. PRAISE GOD! Many of these women were recognized for their wisdom, courage, and faithfulness rather than disappearing into the woodwork of their conventional roles. You and I need to ask God to cultivate our inner strength, develop more resilience, and plant in us integrity. For these qualities hold lasting value and can make a lasting impact.

Your Faithfulness in the Ordinary Changes the World

These examples of women like the Widow with Two Mites or the Woman with the Alabaster Jar illustrate the power of small acts of faithfulness, kindness, and generosity.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”  Zechariah 4:10 NLT

Remember, seemingly insignificant contributions, when offered with a believing heart, are highly valuable to God. It’s how He does much of His Kingdom work. What we do in our daily lives matters. Our God is in the ordinary, and He has ordained it for changing the world. The testimonies of these women show us the value of generosity and compassion for the individual and for the body as a whole.

Aim for an Audience of One

Your life, worth, and contributions, though unnoticed by the world, are seen and valued by God. He sees you, knows you, and has a plan for your life, even if and when others in our lives may not. Just as these women in the Bible were sometimes overlooked in their social connections or by society at large, they were recognized by God, Jesus and those we might deem the A-Team of Christianity. Wallflower Friend, your efforts are seen and appreciated by the only One that matters.

Embrace your uniqueness, cultivate virtuous qualities, engage in acts of kindness, and recognize the significance of their contributions in the eyes of God.

If you are like me and have trouble taking God at His Word in this arena, Can You See Me, Now? Good News for the Lonely, Left Out, and Less Than, is for you. As I have confessed, I naturally operate out of a wallflower mentality that keeps me hidden, unable to experience all God created me to enjoy for His glory, and my good. In Can You See Me, Now I’m passing on my notes to you for how to say “goodbye” to invisible you and start living life seen, known, and loved.

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Navigating Seasons of Change

Ready or not, my daughter marries her high school sweetheart this weekend. That’s right. The long awaited event is upon us. In the tapestry of life, each thread is woven with moments of joy, sorrow, and transition. The air is thick with anticipation. At this point, my head is spinning with all the brain power for minutia riding on the mother of the bride. Six daughters deep into the intricacies of motherhood, this is the inaugural walk down the aisle, a moment both cherished and poignant. Seasons of change, those pivotal junctures that propel us from familiar shores to uncharted waters, are moments laden with significance, and opportunities for trusting God to propel us forward while filling the emptiness transition of all kinds creates.

Like a complex symphony, life often orchestrates diverse transitions – the cadence of job changes, the dynamic movements of relocations, and the intricate notes of shifts in relationships. Trusting God during these orchestrated movements becomes the sheet music that guides our steps through the melody of transition. It is in these seasons of change that our faith is tested and refined, as we learn to navigate the ebb and flow of life’s rhythm.

What does it look like to trust God in seasons of transition?

Trusting He is Sovereign in the Change

As life unfolds its multifaceted scenes, anchoring our trust in the sovereignty of God becomes paramount. This is not a passive surrender but an active acknowledgment that His wisdom far surpasses our short-sighted vision. It’s an active work of the mind to remember what He has done before today that makes Him trustworthy. Often, it requires me to review and rehearse truths found in the Bible, like Proverbs 3:5-6.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

In embracing this truth, we find solace in knowing that He really is big enough to know what it best. Every twist and turn in the tapestry of change is orchestrated by the hands of a loving Creator.

Looking to Him to Heal the Emptiness Created During Seasons of Transition

When my daughter moved from our home to her apartment last fall, all she left was her childhood bouncy ball collection. I cried over those silly balls, the emptiness of her drawers and the vacancy of her closet. Even if it was just the presence of her belongings, I mourned the loss of her presence.

Undoubtedly, you have felt my pain in one way or another. There are moments when life’s movements leave an echoing void. It is in these spaces of emptiness that we cry our tears, yes. But we also find solace in turning our streaked faces to God for comfort and healing. In moments of brokenness, God assuredly draws near Psalm 34:18 whispers,

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

In the embrace of His nearness, you and I can discover a balm for our wounded hearts and a salve for the ache of transition, as only He can provide.

Entrusting Ourselves to God to Lead us Victoriously Through Seasons of Change

The journey through change, with its uncertainties and fears, calls us to entrust ourselves to the God who leads His own triumphantly. The imagery of handing over the reins to the Creator of the universe brings forth a sense of assurance. Isaiah 41:10 resonates with a promise that transcends the turbulence within me:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

In the hands of the Almighty, we find not only strength but a divine hand-holder that promises to navigate us through the complexities of all that comes our way.

Believe God is for Our Good in Seasons of Change

The time to trust God to be true to His unchanging character is when everything is going well, so that when everything is not, our faith in what we know remains. He, indeed, is a good Father. Amidst the upheaval of transition, this anchor of knowing who God is holds firm in the understanding that He is for us. And even when all evidence is to the contrary, our Father orchestrates all of our lives for our ultimate good, and His glory. Romans 8:28 echoes with assurance,

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Knowing This Truth Fosters Faith

Knowing this truth before the closet is empty or the moving truck shows up, or the papers are signed is essential. This knowing encourages our hearts believe it when our faith is tried. Believing by experience that which we know to be true about God in our heads and hearts is where we discover a profound sense of peace and hope. Every twist in the narrative of change is intricately woven into a grander design, unfolding for our ultimate good.

God’s word assures you and me that even in the midst of change—change that is oh, so good and hope-filled, even—He can fill the emptiness left behind. Our loving Father bring us forth believing He is working for our good so that we can live accordingly.

For His glory,

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