Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Believing is not seeing.... it's saying

Many people believe that you can't believe something that you can't see. I agree, it is hard to believe something that you can't visualize. But, that is the point of faith. We are to walk by faith, and not by sight.

However, when we consider the passage in Mark 11, Jesus taught that what you say is just as important as what you believe.

22"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. 23"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

We have to get into the habit of making positive confessions about our lives, and the "obstacles" coming into them. It is just as important to speak to the obstacles in our lives, as it is to believe that things can change. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."
I can't stress to you how important the things we say about us, others, and our lives is. Our words have power. We are told to call things that are not, as though they are. That is how God formed the earth. He called out the things that He wanted to appear.

Believe it and speak it. If you believe something, and have dreams and desires, start speaking them. Your words have power, start using them wisely.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Are your prayers hitting the roof?

Do you ever feel like your prayers aren't heard or even answered? Do you ever feel like you are praying the same words everytime you hit your knees? I am sure we have all felt that way. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus told them how to pray in what we call the Lord's prayer.
Matthew 6:
9"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.[a]' 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

I see two really important parts of this prayer. One, we are to forgive others, if we expect to be forgiven. Secondly, how are we told to seek forgiveness? We are told to confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive us.

I think the point is that if we want our prayers to be heard and answered, we have to hold our end of the deal with sin. We have to forgive those who have sinned against us, and we have to confess our own sin.

Try praying with a new approach. Search yourself with the help of the Spirit, and see if there is any sin that hasn't been dealt with.

Seek the Lord, and you will find Him.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Pill.........

In today's society, many, many people have a "happy pill". Usually this is an anti depressant that is commonly prescribed by a doctor to assist a person with dealing with a traumatic event. In my opinion, and again this is my opinion, these meds are prescribed wayyyyy toooooo often. Even more, there are taken for way toooo longggg.

It seems to me that most people who consistently use these happy pills, are looking to fill a void in their life. There is an empty hole in every persons life that they are born with. We as humans, attempt to fill this hole with people (friends, spouses, children), stuff (cars, clothes, purses, houses, shoes, etc), or new hobbies and toys (the newest technology, a new sport, a boat, camping equipment, etc). This hole is not meant to be filled with any of this stuff.

God fashioned each and every one of us in His image with a void in our life that ONLY HE can fill. I encourage you today to examine your life, take inventory of the things that make you feel happy. If God is not in that inventory, I encourage you to pray for Him to give you a desire for His Love and Truth. His Word says that He is a "consuming fire".

Allow yourself to be consumed with Him today! Start a new Happy Pill. Allow the Spirit to fill you.