By Raymond Carr
Lakeland Correctional Facility, Coldwater, MI
When we reach forks in the road of life and don’t know which way to turn, we have to upload our GPS with faith that God may lead us to our destiny. Faith is believing you can do it, no matter what it is, because that is the kind of God we serve.
Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” But who of us really believe they can do all things? Or are we putting limitations on God?
First we have to know that God values us and we are deserving of what we seek. Matthew 10:31 tells us, “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” If God takes care of the birds, which have less value than us, you have to know that God got us. How many of us know that we have value?
If you would ask most people, on a scale of 1 to 10, what are they? Many will take the humble route and say they are less than a 10, because they feel they have room to grow or feel they may have flaws. With flaws and all you have to know that you are a 10, even if nobody else thinks so, for no other reason than, we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14) and we belong to the Best, so we have to be the best.
Fear and disbelief kills ideas, dreams, and our plans before they get a chance to even get started.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” How many us believe they are more than conquerors through God, and can be bold and step out on faith? (Romans 8:37) Ask yourself what have you conquered lately?
How many of us know that faith will not do our work for us?
James 2:17 says, ‘Faith without works is dead.’ If we build it God will bless it, but if we don’t build it, how can God bless what we don’t build?
When Noah built the ark, people said he was nuts and laughed at him. In 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight:”
Real faith, has to be willing to look like a fool for a while, then the rain (the breakthrough) comes.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Playing it safe doesn’t change your life. I’d rather get out of the boat, to walk on the water and have Jesus come save me, than to never have gotten out of the boat at all.
Because I know, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
It’s easier than we think. Matthew 11:29-30 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” However, we make it hard when we don’t have “real faith” in God, and put limits on God.
Even though, we have dealt with a world system, filled with false hope and pipe-dreams, but we serve a God who is able to do all things. (But God!)
We make time for what we want to, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
We cannot allow what we see, cause fear and disbelief, nor let it rock our faith. When it looks bad, trust God and know that He is able, and know that He has given us the power to do all things! (But God!)
Believe God and receive it, doubt Him and be without it! It is just that simple.