Our family has been struggling through much sickness. In these trials, I have realized that sometimes I have tremendous, unwithering faith while other times my mouth can barely speak faith-filled words. My mind becomes consumed with my circumstances or my symptoms, and my imagination seems to lead to more symptoms. I think doctors have a name for this: hypochondriac.
I sometimes let a tiny door of fear open in my heart, and before I know it, this door became bigger and the fear becomes stronger than my faith in God and His word.
The door must be closed!
Here are some scriptures I personally meditate on:
· “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…” (Isaiah 43:5 NIV)
· “…the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” (John 6:63 NIV)
· “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…” (Proverbs 3:5 NIV). We hear this verse quoted and used all the time, but do we really know what it means? Read Psalm 37.
· “He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” (Psalm 107:20 NIV)
· “‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.'” (1 Peter 2:24 NIV)
· “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)
· “I have give you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (Luke 10:19 NIV)
· “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 NIV)
· “The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him—may your hearts live forever!” (Psalm 22:26 NIV)
· “For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has He hidden his face from him; but when he cried to Him for help, he heard.” (Psalm 22:24 NASB)
· “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. … These things I have spoken to you.” (John 15:7–11 NASB)
Confession: I found I had stopped, for a moment, believing in the faithfulness of God and His word. I trusted fear and circumstances more than I believed in God and Scripture.
Faced again with practicing what I preach … I came up short. I personally don’t want to live like that. I want to be lined up with Him and His will for my life—in every area of life—regardless of circumstances. After all, Noah built the ark for 120 years with no visible sign of rain!
The Bible warns us not to allow our hearts to become offended. The word ‘offended,’ as I understand it, means “to tire of” something or “to be put off” by it.
Well, I have certainly been “offended” by the word of God. For example, I may read a scripture and think, “This is not working for me, and it probably isn’t ever going to work. It may be beautiful and true, but just not for me right now.”
Through such challenges, God had revealed to me that many Christians have no power—no power to overcome even the little things, much less to do greater works than Jesus did. Yet God’s word says that we will do greater works (John 14:12)!
What are you struggling with today when it comes to believing God? Let’s take our eyes off of our own wounds and fix them on Jesus!
The work is done. So get unoffended with me and have faith greater than fear!