Posted by: heisourstrongtower | August 17, 2012

Three Questions

Last night my friend, Wilma, shared her testimony on our first official, “Girl’s Night Out” call series.  During her talk she shared her struggles with the collision of her faith over the circumstances in her life.  You can read her story here.

http://auntbunbun.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/trusting-god/

I was given the opportunity to read what she was going to share prior to our call and I was amazed at how the words she shared lined up with the direction God had been taking me over the past several days.  God led me to the sermon of a pastor named, Matt Chandler, and the words I have been listening to and reading from this man of God, directly relate to our ability to trust God with our life.

One thing in particular that I read has to do with our experiences.  I have scriptural knowledge, but my problem is that in a crisis my default reaction is to panic, when in reality my default reaction should be trust in God.  I should look at every struggle as an opportunity for God to impact my soul; molding me and prodding me in His direction.

God used Matt Chandler to bring me three questions to ask myself before I go into panic mode…

  1. What truth do I fail to believe about God?
  2. What truth do I fail to believe about myself?
  3. What truth do I fail to believe about this circumstance?

Each difficult situation we find ourselves in, offers us the opportunity to make a decision about God…about ourselves, and…about the struggle.  This is when it might be a good idea to recognize whose voice you are hearing…the voice of the liar or the voice of the Truth.  This would also be a good time to look at 2 Corinthians 10:5 for guidance….“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 

Paul is telling us to think about what we are thinking about.  We need to be intentional in knowing how our mind works in the flesh…what thoughts we allow to dictate our reactions during a crisis situation.   Instead of thinking, “I must handle this on my own,” or “I am all alone,” or “God is not trustworthy.”  We have to take these thoughts captive and only allow the truth in God’s word take over our thoughts.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” 

Psalm 28:7

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.  My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. 

John 16:32-33

“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

Psalm 50:15

“…and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” 

Hebrews 13:5b (AMP)

be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down relax My hold on you)! [[g]Assuredly not! 

When we stop operating out of our flesh and start operating through the power of the spirit inside of us…we allow God to shrink that panic inside of us to nothing.  He will fill us with His truth, His love, His support, His strength and we can keep moving forward clinging to His right hand for all that we need.

 

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