Nov 302012
 

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.””

(Mark 10:26–27 ESV)

So…this is how I write.

I pray the night before about what, if anything, the Lord would have me to say and I pray that prayer through the night.

When I wake up I often have story or a concept  so I type it out in a couple of minutes, I press send and I go to work, trusting that I heard the Lord and not the spirit of whatever I was consuming the night before.

This morning I woke up wondering what in hell was wrong with me.

I’ve lost my mind.

I’ve become the online patron saint of lost causes and impossible projects.

We spent years trying to bring reformation to a certain part of the Body and now we’ve added a multi national drug war to the campaign.

Good luck with that.

Life offline isn’t much better.

Things were precarious before I got sick and that trial pushed everything over the edge.

Many of my friends are free falling with me, seeing the ground approaching at a frightening rate of speed.

Here’s where the insanity comes in.

I believe God is going to snatch us out of the air before impact.

I believe that if we as a peculiar people, a holy nation, and a royal priesthood give up our affection and idolatry of things other than God, He will move.

I believe with God alone…all things are possible, even those things which appear impossible.

I believe one person can make a difference.

I believe that my child and yours can be made well.

I believe that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and He loves to share His wealth.

I believe He can make a way when there is no way.

I believe He can create something from nothing and beauty from ashes.

I believe we matter to God.

I believe I can die old and full of years having seen the goodness of God in the land of the living.

I believe, Lord…help my unbelief.

Make your own application.

  18 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. I desperately needed to read this this morning, your last article on Mexico and prayer was overwhelming, but this is the needed part to go along with it–we need to believe in His power and goodness to affect change in our own lives, and then in the greater world He made and loves. Thank you for putting hope in my heart this morning,

  2. Believing with you, my friend… Like an unreasonable child.

  3. Amen.
    Its hard to believe when it seems that the Lord is silent.
    Speak Lord.
    Teach us how to wait until You answer.

  4. I learned about making a Pro and Con list for the most elemental decision tree. The hardest thing about living and moving and having my being is by faith moving “all things” from the Impossible With Man to the Possible With God column. Some days, the simplest, truest answer the question “What is so difficult about believing?” is “Everything”.
    Lately, my quiet time has been about focusing on Jesus – because the ‘work that requires’ is to believe the One God sent.’ Not just a ‘what would Jesus do?’, but Jesus, I don’t know what to do.
    A missionary who ministers to the deaf in Guatemala spoke on Sunday about doing a kitchen construction project with a deaf man he ministers with. The missionary said that every day took about an hour and a half just to get started because in order to speak with a deaf person, you have to be fully engaged – watching eyes, lips, hands and face. You can’t multi task. You can’t instruct as you go. You have to be fully engaged before you can even think of starting. Your means of communication is all of yourself, and you have to be fully sure that you know you’re fully informed before you start to lift a heavy object together. I think I think I can multi-task better than I actually can.
    If my prayer life were more like that, I’d be a better follower and believer. “For him who has ears to hear, let him hear” . . . and eyes to see, and hands to touch, and feet to go.

    This “help my unbelief” is exactly where I’m living. Because reality argues against all hope.

  5. I needed this very much this morning. Thank you.

  6. I’m hoping with you. Gotta keep hoping. He will come through for us.

  7. What we gather from our senses can dictate our belief. Or we can gather from the Word of God and the voice of Spirit and form a different conclusion, one of faith. You have chosen to do the latter, and it is a powerful affirmation of the work of God in the lives of his people and the world at large. Amen to your post.

  8. hmmm … as Rob M. says “reality argues against all hope” … amen almost – thing is i’d add just one word to that, our *perceived* reality argues against all hope … my scheduled reading this morning was in the 1st of the Gospels … essentially our Lord advised ‘don’t worry about tomorrow because today’s troubles are all you can manage’ … Jesus asked us to declare in our prayer times that God owns the kingdom, the power and the glories – ALL that is good is in Him … so there’s my hope He owns it and administers it to a good end …

    Pastor John D, made a case from Scripture for our time on earth as that of soldiers (our side wins) and when the enemy brings it to us (he will) we have our assigned positions in the fight … i think most of us are assigned logistical roles, but some will be Davids and more will be Uriahs (was that fair?) – maybe Jonathans, too; but please Lord, deliver us from having the mind of his father, Saul.

    it is an interesting mental image – a long, thin line of weary Saints marching down through time to Eternity and glory … you think God doesn’t honor this line? that’s what the Faith is all about IMV

    just sayin …

  9. It’s all relative, anyway. Life is breath to breath.

  10. Now. Who’s watching The Hobbit?

  11. Michael said, “I believe with God alone…all things are possible, even those things which appear impossible.

    I believe one person can make a difference.

    I believe He can make a way when there is no way.

    I believe He can create something from nothing and beauty from ashes.

    I believe we matter to God.

    I believe, Lord…help my unbelief.”

    Big giant AMEN over here. Good stuff.

  12. Amen, and amen, with you, I also BELIEVE God is able to do ‘exceedingly abundantly beyond all we can ask or imagine”…… Believe, indeed, God IS Able…..
    I also believe that I have no clue how God works…even working ‘all things together for good”… more often than not, my definition of ‘good’ is apparently not in line with God’s Providence and Will…..#1 Do I give up? No…where else would I go? #2 Do I quit praying? No… it’s a habit, lifestyle, deeply ingrained…. #3 Do I have faith (the substance of things hoped for)? Yes….. is life shockingly disappointing at times? Yes…. go back to #1

  13. Thankd for the Post!

  14. I’ve come back to this article four times today. It’s so profound. Powerful word.

  15. http://youtu.be/BqOTeNPeBxo

    This is a very uplifting video. Sorry about posting it, I am trying not to be totally depressing.

  16. Anyone who has never prayed, “Lord, I believe…help my unbelief,” has never truly prayed.

  17. Amen, Nonnie….. been there, done that…..

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