Tag Archives: faith

Psalm 20:7

When I was younger I knew that money grew on trees.  You see, I was a bit of a gypsy, moving every few years, and I always landed on my feet.  Things always worked out.  I had a strong faith back then, even though I refused to give God the glory.

To think how much I could have accomplished for Him, but I didn’t.  I actively worked against Him during those years and He still didn’t give up on me!  

Anyway, it took Him letting me fall a few times for me to realize that money doesn’t grow on trees and sometimes the kindest thing a parent can do is to let a little one fall a bit (supervised of course).

It took some heartaches before I figured out that faith is only safe in Him.  Faith squandered elsewhere is like playing russian roulette, and while it’s exciting in theory, the reality can harm or kill you.

I shake my head when people talk about their glory days, how free they were and wouldn’t it be great to go back to more innocent times?  And I think they must be nuts!

There isn’t enough money in the world that would make me WANT to return to the heartless, reckless, idiotic, girl I was before.  Because now?  

Now I have God, or rather He has me.  I may be poor, I may struggle, I may not have the courage to up and move without a thought for tomorrow like I used to, but I have real faith now.  I have the promise of a home and family forever.

I don’t delude myself that this life will be easy anymore.  I know it won’t be and that’s ok, because God has taught me to roll with the punches and He’s there for me.

Take a shortcut and stop trusting in things, stop trusting in bank accounts and net worth, and investments.  Those can all go sour in a heartbeat. Have faith that you will take a few falls, but it will be ok if you trust in Him.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7 NIV

https://psalm.bible/psalm-20-7

Ephesians 2:12-13

In those days= in the days before you came to believe in Christ Jesus

But now= your unbelief is in the past, you have come to life in Christ

5 simple words can mean so much!  

I love how the “but now” lights up a person!  You mumble through the “in those days” and then become giddy and animated as you focus on but now!

In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:12‭-‬13 NLT

http://bible.com/116/eph.2.12-13.NLT

Isaiah 44:10, 20


Who but a fool would make his own god— an idol that cannot help him one bit? All who worship idols will be disgraced along with all these craftsmen—mere humans— who claim they can make a god. They may all stand together, but they will stand in terror and shame. The blacksmith stands at his forge to make a sharp tool, pounding and shaping it with all his might. His work makes him hungry and weak. It makes him thirsty and faint. Then the wood-carver measures a block of wood and draws a pattern on it. He works with chisel and plane and carves it into a human figure. He gives it human beauty and puts it in a little shrine. He cuts down cedars; he selects the cypress and the oak; he plants the pine in the forest to be nourished by the rain. Then he uses part of the wood to make a fire. With it he warms himself and bakes his bread. Then—yes, it’s true—he takes the rest of it and makes himself a god to worship! He makes an idol and bows down in front of it! He burns part of the tree to roast his meat and to keep himself warm. He says, “Ah, that fire feels good.” Then he takes what’s left and makes his god: a carved idol! He falls down in front of it, worshiping and praying to it. “Rescue me!” he says. “You are my god!” Such stupidity and ignorance! Their eyes are closed, and they cannot see. Their minds are shut, and they cannot think. The person who made the idol never stops to reflect, “Why, it’s just a block of wood! I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat. How can the rest of it be a god? Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?” The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?”
Isaiah 44:10‭-‬20 NLT

http://bible.com/116/isa.44.10-20.NLT

Galatians 3:3

Daily reminder… It’s so easy to get caught up in the improving process that we lose sight of this.  Just keep reminding yourself that it’s all God….be still, listen, trust…it’s all God.

How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?
Galatians 3:3 NLT

http://bible.com/116/gal.3.3.NLT

Romans 9:30-32

What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God’s standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law instead of by trusting in him. They stumbled over the great rock in their path.
Romans 9:30‭-‬32 NLT

God is overflowing in grace and mercy and love.  He offers it to us.  Why do we find it so hard to accept?

We are jaded.  We are taught that nothing in life is free.  And this is true of this world.  God’s grace and mercy that leads to salvation wasn’t free.  There was a price that had to be paid. 

Jesus paid it.

He paid the price over 2,000 years ago so you wouldn’t have to. 

The gift of salvation is free …now.  We simply have to accept it from the One who purchased it for us.
http://bible.com/116/rom.9.30-32.NLT

Genesis 22:11-12

This passage always gets to me when I imagine Abraham and Isaac making that long trek up to worship God.  I can’t imagine what was going through Abraham’s head as he went through the motions of preparing Isaac for sacrifice.  He had such an all-consuming trust in God that he knew…KNEW that God would take care of things either this side of death or beyond.

To have that absolute, indisputable, rock-solid …knowing.  I can’t imagine it.  I WANT to imagine it and I can’t even come close.  My prayer is that when I’m put to the test and when I’m facing the fire…I pray that God will fill me up with THAT kind of “knowing”.  Blast through all the barriers and walls and jadedness that blocks trust and fill me up with rock-solid faith.  That’s my prayer…


At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”
Genesis 22:11‭-‬12 NLT

http://bible.com/116/gen.22.11-12.NLT

Pissed off? Hurt? Angry?

Do you believe that your past is too awful for God to forgive?
Do you believe God has failed you?
Does the topic of Jesus in conversations make you uncomfortable?
Do you understand there is a difference between religion and relationship?
Do you think Christians are hippocrites?
Do you believe Christians are judging you?
Have you been hurt by Christians in the past?
Are you confused about why God would allow bad things to happen to people?
Do you believe this life is all there is?
Do you want to believe, but have doubts?
Did you believe at one time and now don’t?
Is there one thing that is holding you back from accepting Jesus?

I would love to talk to you and help you work through any hurdles you might
have in coming to Christ.  I don’t claim to know everything, but I had a bunch
of my own hurdles to overcome before I came to Christ.

I was a huge skeptic.  I didn’t think other Christians would ever accept me.
I didn’t think God could forgive me because of the life I had lived.  I doubted the
accuracy and historicity of the Bible.  I believed in a God, a higher power, but throw Jesus
into the mix and I was done listening.  I had been hurt by Christians in the past.
I was angry at God.  I couldn’t understand why a so-called “loving” God would
let my Dad die when I was 14.  He wasn’t a believer and according to the Word,
he is going to hell.  That’s a tough pill to swallow.  14 years later I lost my
brother, possibly as an unbeliever, I don’t know for sure.  God has taken the men
in my family. I lived with anger for a long time and it was a huge destructive force in
my life.  But it doesn’t have to be that way for you.  You might start there, but you don’t have to end there.

God has really magnified the empathy in me lately and I find myself hurting for others
who are facing similar painful situations.

If you are like I was, facing some hurdle, hurt or anger that is preventing you from
coming to Christ, send me a message or comment on here.  We can figure it out together.
You aren’t alone.

God loves you, even in your unbelief, even if you hate Him.
The Good News:
Christ died for our sins, in our place, a substitutionary sacrifice.
He was buried.
He was resurrected on the 3rd day, He overcame death!
And He ascended into Heaven to prepare a place for us.
He is our Savior.
He offers this free gift of salvation, eternal life, to any who will ask.

Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that
God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved.