"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong"
2 Corinthians 12:10

Saturday, June 30, 2012

A book I am reading

I am reading a book written by Beth Moore and this is what I learned today:

2 Corinthians 1:9-11
“In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead. And he did deliver us from mortal danger.  And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us. He will rescue us because you are helping by praying for us.  As a result, many will give thanks to God because so many people’s prayer’s for our safety have been answered.”

Most of the power satan has over us is from pure deception and bluffing.  We have been chosen as believers in Christ, to know & believe & understand that He is GodUntil we turn from our idols to the one true God, we will never find libertyThe giant step in the walk of faith is the one we take when we decide God no longer is a part of our lives BUT that He is our life.

Why does God allow us to spend so much of life in the heat of battle? Because He never meant for us to sip His Spirit like a proper cup of tea.  He meant for us to hold our sweating heads over the fountain and lap us His life with unquenchable thirst. God doesn’t ask us to believe In Him, but to believe Him.  Without Faith it’s impossible to please God.  Believing God is never more critical than when we have strongholds that need to be demolished.  The enemy taunts us with whispers like, “you’ll never be free.  You’ve tried a hundred times.  You go back every time.  You’re hopeless, You’re weak. You’re a failure.  You don’t have what it takes.”

If you are a believer in Christ all these statements are a lie.  You have Jesus ~ The Way, The Truth, and The Life. But you can’t just believe in Him to be free from your stronghold.  You must believe Him.  Also, believe you can do what He says you can do.  If you are thinking that you want to believe but don’t have enough faith then God’s Word, Mark 9:14-24, will give you encouragement.

2 truths from His Word:
1. God wields incomparably great power for those who choose to believe.  More than enough to break the yoke of any bondage.  Our belief unclogs the pipe & invites the power to flow.

2. God applies the same power to our need that He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead. Does your stronghold require more power than it takes to raise the dead?

If you are in Christ, you have been given the “same spirit of faith.” (2 Cor 4:13) The original word for “spirit” is literally translated “breath.”  When you speak God’s Word out loud with confidence in Him – rather than your own ability to believe – you are breathing faith.  Believing & speaking the truth of God’s Word is like receiving blessed CPR from the Holy Spirit.

Beautiful Thought

Faith is not believing in my own unshakable belief. Faith is believing an unshakable God when everything in me trembles & quakes.

Father, according to Your Word, it is possible to be broken off from part of Your plan because of unbelief.  Your Word says not to be arrogant but to be afraid. (Rom. 11:20) O, Father, I do not want to miss any part of Your plan because of my own unbelief!  Please forgive me for any unbelief, and help me walk by faith.  In your son’s precious name, Amen.