“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” Proverbs 19:20 NIV
I have found that doubt and unbelief contribute to me being slow to act in obedience to God’s Word. It keeps me from moving forward. The more often doubt and unbelief weigh into my decisions, the more delays keep me from receiving my heart’s desires. It can be a vicious circle. The more delays, the more doubt and unbelief. It may start as a little thing. It can continue to grow and rob me of more and more of what God has for me. Sometimes others see it before I do. Their wisdom and counsel are a breath of fresh air. They give me new perspective to take back to the Lord in prayer.
Father, I repent. Help me be sure-footed and know that You are always with me. I am never alone! Keep me firmly rooted in Your Word as a discipline to my heart. Give me faith to move forward and believe for the best! Keep my heart humble and accepting of wise counsel.
“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31 NASB
Depending on the version of the Bible you read, the first phrase may vary: those who wait, those who hope, or those who trust. I like the word wait.
Wait: to be available or in a state of readiness
If I wait, it means I trust and hope in the Lord with enough confidence to:
(1) not try to do it myself
(2) not expect someone else to have the answer for me
(3) be in a state of preparation, or get ready, for what God has for me
As I wait, I pray. I watch expectantly for God and give Him all glory for every good thing.
Father, prepare my heart for whatever You have for me. Teach me to surrender my heart fully to You so that I can prepare each day for what You have for me. Renew my strength so that through You I can soar on wings like an eagle and not grow weary. Restore me Father. Renew me.
16” Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,22 reject every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 NIV
Rejoice always: Our joy is full in God
Pray continuously: The more we pray, the more we are able to rejoice!
Give thanks in all circumstances: If we pray without ceasing, there will not be a shortage of thanksgiving
Do not quench the Spirit: Be mindful. Carnal lusts and affections and earthly things extinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Do not treat prophecies with contempt: We are to value the preaching, interpretation and application of God’s Word in our lives.
Test them all: We must not believe everything. We must be settled in God’s Word and hold fast to it.
Reject every kind of evil: Others will see the Truth in us if we maintain integrity and a pure heart.
Father God, search my heart. I repent for my hesitancy to step out in faith. Thank you for every perfect thing that You place in my path. Thank you for Your faithfulness. Thank you for Your grace and Your mercy. Thank you for Your patience with me as I learn to let go of more and more. Thank you for stretching me and preparing me, Father. Thank you for trusting me. Holy Spirit, be my guide. Be my love. Be my bright light in the darkness.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,“ 1 Peter 1:8 NIV
I recently read an article entitled “Confessions of an Instrument Pilot.”* As I read through his points of discomfort, they really resonated with me in my faith walk. Here are some excerpts, see what you think:
“A year ago I raced through my…training, learning just what I needed to know…according to…minimum standards.”
“I met the requirements…But that doesn’t mean I’m comfortable with exercising that privilege.”
“Now I find myself anxious…without another…pilot beside me.”
“I lost faith in my abilities to interpret and visualize an approach. The idea of…deviating from what I had planned puts me on edge.”
“If I had trained harder, I wouldn’t feel so uncomfortable….”
I find that when everything is rosy and I feel God’s favor in my life, I am relaxed and calm. However, when things get bumpy and I don’t see or understand why, I get edgy.
I can see the similarity between instrument flying and walking in faith. Both have to trust what is unseen. The pilot has to trust the instruments and their readings regardless of their sensations. As a Christian, I have to trust God’s Word and my relationship with Him regardless of my desires. Just like the pilot, I can’t always see where I am heading. I have to trust the instruments that God has given me (His Word and the Holy Spirit) to guide me.
Thank you Lord for Your tools and Your flight plan! Help me trust You more every day and not deviate from Your headings. I believe in You. I love You. You fill me with inexpressible joy.
*Confessions of an Instrument Pilot: 10 Steps to IFR Absolution http://flighttraining.aopa.org/magazine/2010/December/ifrtraining.html
“Giving grows out of the heart—otherwise, you’ve reluctantly grumbled “yes” because you felt you had to or because you couldn’t say “no,” but this isn’t the way God wants it. For we know that “God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 The Voice
It all starts at the heart. Everything grows and springs forth out of our heart. Our words. Our motives. Our plans. Our intentions.
How can we learn to be content with what we have?
- View material goods as given by God to be used wisely
- Work hard to earn and save money
- Give to the Lord’s work and those in need
- Remember to be thankful and to enjoy what God gives
Lord, tend to my heart. Teach me how to be a good steward with every blessing that You give. Help me to use all things with a kingdom mindset.
“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17 NIV
Sometimes I have to repent for fear and unbelief. Sometimes I repent for giving up. I have to ask for strength and boldness and courage and wisdom and revelation and discernment. I want to see the gifts that come from standing together united in Christ. I actually have great anticipation about the unification of the body of Christ.
Father, prepare our hearts. Thank you for each and every step. Thank you for giving me the faith and hope to see it through in the spirit. I stand back and marvel at Your handiwork!