Just sharing the morning challenge God gave me:
“What do you really believe?”
Jesus told Nicodemeus that we have to be born of earth and heaven to see the Kingdom of God. This earthly life has great purpose and value. Jesus came that we would have abundant life. I cannot live abundantly by hiding from the tough stuff. I cannot live abundantly if I isolate my faith from my footsteps.
So, I jotted down some of the things my head knows–and believes–about my faith to see if my feet (and even my heart agrees).
I say I believe…. God is enough.
…but sometimes I resent what I don’t have. I doubt that He is better than my longing.
I say I believe….God is at work doing greater things than I can think of.
but sometimes despair settles in and frustration erupts.
I say I believe….I am loved and protected by the King of Kings.
…but sometimes I don’t even feel noticed and I fight for myself.
I say I believe….my righteousness is nothing more than filthy rags and we all have sin muddying our souls and our steps.
…but sometimes I think I know best and anyone not doing things my way is wrong.
I say I believe….God owns it all and will provide for me.
…but sometimes I plan and strive for how I can have what I want, forgetting my life is for Him and He has my needs in view.
I say I believe….the very power of God lives in me.
…but sometimes I feel weak and hopeless and curl into a self-protective ball.
I say I believe…. God’s ways are superior to mine.
…but sometimes I stomp off in my own direction.
Those ‘sometimes’ are doorways for mercy. May we each take time today to consider what our steps reveal about our beliefs. God is worth the time…enjoying heaven requires humble awareness.
Understanding is the foundation of heaven–we have to seek His view or we will never understand the beauty of His presence. Seeing and hearing comes through walking out our lives on this earth with a desire for wisdom and understanding.
What do you believe that stops at your head?
Where do you listen to your heart instead of the King?
Where are you feet not walking out faith?