Saturday, 25 February 2017

Baby Faith Steps

I have been a Christian since I was a teenager.  But as I sit here as an adult, 30 odd years later, I have felt hopelessness, a jaded outlook, a realist or pessimist, instead of the optimist I usually am.  I remember my dad always saying "you can't cry over spilt milk."  I'm a practical girl for whom spilt milk is an opportunity usually, to find a way to fix it and move on....


But we can get stuck in the hurts and cares and worries that accumulate over the years.  More now than ever I miss the good old days, the school days, where my biggest responsibility was passing a test.  Man, life is full of tests right?!  Half the problem is not even realizing you're in a test.  The other half of the problem is its a test you never wanted to take anyways!

I have come to realise that my attitude is completely in my hands.  I can wallow in self-pity or I can look up and choose to see the good in things.  I can feel sorry for myself, or I can walk closer to God, and focus on Him.  I can choose hopelessness, or.... I can take a step of faith, to believe!  Believe what?  God's word!

So why baby steps?  I think for me I have become so entrenched in negativity, and why me? and what is the point of being hopeful, its going to crash and burn anyway?  that I have forgotten how to practice faith.

But.... I chose to take a small step of faith, I chose to believe a portion of God's word that said I have His favour and instead of begging for His favour in a small circumstance, I chose to thank Him for His favour.  I chose to take a small step of faith and every time I doubted that things would work out, every time I sat in expectation of things to go wrong, I reminded myself that I have God's favour in this, and that I choose to believe it, and I moved on....


And... God surprised me!  I suppose I should not have been surprised.  I have His favour after all.  His word says so.  But if I do not claim it, I do not have it.  So I claimed God's word, I have His favour, and stood in faith on that, speaking to my fears and doubts, and He honoured that and surprised me.

This small step of faith, and the resulting blessing, has reminded me to start checking my attitude.  I have in Christ only what I allow.  And if I allow only salvation, that is what I will get.  But if I allow God to demonstrate His word and promises to me, I will get abundant blessing.

The sad thing is, we as Christians do experience this blessing when we take steps of faith, but it doesn't take much for us to back track into negativity and lack.  We forget what God has done for us.  We forget where He has taken us from, and where He has taken us to.  We forget what He has lifted us out of.  We forget too easily.  And that is why I believe there is a lot of retelling in the Old Testament, of what God did for the Israelites.   It was to remind them of His goodness, and to encourage them to believe on Him, believe that He has their best interests at heart.

Psalm 105 v 5: Remember His marvellous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgements of His mouth.

Psalm 77 vs 11-12:  I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.  (12) I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.

Hebrews 11 v 6:  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

So I leave you with this thought, take a step of faith, even a small baby step, speak God's word into it and watch how He blesses and honours and rewards your faith.

God bless
Tracy

8 comments:

  1. I loved the feedback from school days. You study; you test; you get a grade. Life just isn’t so tidy. Choosing to take those small steps of faith really do add up. Thanks, Tracy, for sharing how God so often surprises us when we show up!

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    1. Hi Lisa, He does show up and we shouldn't be surprised! God bless

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  2. Thank you Tracy for this sincere post. When my Dad passed away, I was crying, and my husband said, you are crying because you are feeling sorry for yourself, not really missing your Dad. WOW - that caught me off guard. I spent all my tears on my mother before she died, and was ready to rejoice at her funeral. We sang, "When the Saints go marching in." and what a glorious time we had remembering Mom. God is good and we must place our trust in Him even when there is sorrow, sadness, being taken advantage of and all that comes at us in this world of sin. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. Hi Hazel, you are so right, we need to place our trust in Him in all circumstances
      God bless

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  3. I love this! Just listening to a sermon the other day regarding faith and how we don't ask. And that is all we have to do - He is just waiting to respond. Thankfully, we have such a wonderful ABBA He responds even when we don't ask.

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    1. Hi Deby, yes we are blessed that God is bigger than us, and just wants to bless us
      God bless

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  4. Hi Tracy! You are so right when you say you have in Christ what you allow. That is such wisdom. We have the right to all the grace and love that Jesus can gift us with, but we are the gatekeepers. When we say "Yes!" , we are flooded with his grace. Jesus always wants what's best and wants to empower us. Will I say yes? That's my struggle every day.
    What a joy to see that you have won that victory already! God bless, and keep you strong in his grace.
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil, its a daily challenge for me too. :)
      God bless

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