I feel like today’s culture is very “you must agree with me or you’re stupid”. Anywhere you look people are arguing over opinions as if they are facts. People talk about “their truth” and it almost appears as though truth is something that can be changed based on whoever is speaking.
God says differently than this. In the Bible, God has laid out how we are meant to live, do marriage, be parents, trust in Jesus and everything we need to know. However, the world will tell us that God is wrong and God is bad. The truth is we live in a very sinful world where the enemy is running rampant. In fact, he has the world’s culture hating God and not believing he exists. All of the evil in the world is blamed on God because he “allowed” it. As Christians, we know that isn’t true and that isn’t how God works. “If God is all powerful, why does he allow -blank- ?”
As Christians, we know the answer is Free Will and we know that even in the bad times, God works to make the evil good. Every bad thing I’ve gone though has allowed me to grow, learn or shape who I am today. Sometimes, the end of the bad ended up being better than before the bad. God is amazing and powerful.
As Jesus followers though, what are we doing to proclaim his name? What are we doing to share the good news? I know I struggle with this. I am almost afraid to admit that I love Jesus because I’m afraid of what whoever I am talking to will think of me. I’m afraid I will lose credibility or that I’ll be thought of as intolerant or whatever else is thought of when it comes to Christians.
I want to be bold. I want to speak my faith without fear because when you get down to it, the opinions of others do not matter. When I return home, I want to hear “good job good and faithful servant.” I don’t want to have to answer for my fear of what other people thought.
There is a way to speak our faith and that is to speak it plainly, letting God guide us in our words. The bible tells us that He will give us the words when we speak. Let’s walk in boldness of our faith instead of fear of what others might think.
Write it Out
- Do you worry about what others think?
- How can you put a bolder step forward and share your faith?
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. -Isaiah 43:1
Google tells me the dictionary definition of “redeem” is: compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).
I can’t speak for you, but I’ve been consistently told a lot of bad things about myself by people who were supposed to love me. I was constantly told the same bad things by family on a daily basis during the years where my inner voice would be formed. My inner voice is mean to me. M-E-A-N. It’s really awful. It is something I have to battle daily because if I make a single mistake, it’s full out war inside my head. If I ever think that I am becoming a burden on someone, all the old things that were said to me play on repeat in my mind.
“You are lazy.”
“You will never do anything.”
“It’s always your fault.”
“You need to calm down, this is why we cannot have _____”
It’s enough to make anybody think they weren’t ever wanted.
How do I battle it? How do I battle the human flaws that remind me I am weak and need something bigger than myself?
I start with Isaiah 43:1. God has redeemed me. Jesus’ blood is compensation for my sins. His blood paid the price I could never pay. I start there because it is the most important truth. I have been redeemed. I am a child of God’s. He has called me by name and I belong to him.
It’s all right there in black and white.
Write it Out
- What bad tapes play in your head?
- What truths can you use to battle the lies that play like records in your head?
Be still, and know that I am God- Psalm 46:10 // “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
I have patience for people. I am not patient for anything else. I would sooner go to a store and find a similar item I wanted before ordering it online. I’m currently working on changing this habit of mine but I’m making a point. I don’t like waiting. I don’t like waiting for answers or solutions. When situations arise, I turn into Vanilla Ice. If there was a problem, yo I’ll solve it.”
I tackle problems and situations like a linebacker. I come with plan a’s and b’s and through half the alphabet. I come up with these plans, these numerous solutions, in minutes. It’s actually a little terrifying how quickly I have so many potential outcomes. It stresses me out. When there are a lot of options and plans, there is a lot of room to pick the wrong one. Which is a real fear of mine, picking the wrong plan, solution, decision, something. I am afraid of being wrong. I’m working on it.
However, God says something completely opposite of my natural instincts. Throughout the Bible we have story after story of God telling his people to be still. Stories of godly men who retreat and spend time with God in times of hardship instead of rushing to fix the problem. Stories showing me that I need to trust in God and his promises instead of trying to control the situation.
Recently, God showed me how waiting is beneficial and his way. My husband got a new job and his schedule was changing and we needed help with Little Man while I was at work. I started talking to friends and I came up with SO many plans on how to have someone with Little Man. I had plans from A-Z in trying to come up with a solution. None of these plans included asking the person who would end up being the one who hangs out with Little Man. On our date night, hubby suggested grandma. I immediately called her and left her a voicemail. The rest of the night I stressed about all the plans because what if A-Z doesn’t work out and what if hubby’s plan didn’t work out?
Grandma called me back later that night and was thrilled to help us out. What a blessing! She not only would help us with Little Man so we could both work but she was so happy to do it.
If I had just waited and allowed some time to pass, I could have saved myself a lot of stress.
Write it Out!
- Where are you trying to force an issue where God is clearly saying to wait?
- What do you do when you stress out? Try and solve the problem to ask God?