Last week we had great conversation in our Small Group session around our new series about weathering storms. The Storm series is focused in the book of Psalms and one of the highlights of our discussion was about how can we hold more tightly to the promises of God even, and especially when, those promises are harder to understand within our immediate circumstances.
Pick your favorite faith verse in the Bible. What verse comes immediately to mind that is at the core of your spiritual reality. I’ll throw one out to give an example and let you know what I mean if you missed the session. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son that whosever believeth in Him will be saved.
We know it.
We believe it.
There is no doubt in our mind if we are a Christian that the verse is 100% factual.
Truthfully, we are basing all of our eternity on that faith.
If we believe John 3:16, we can take that same confidence throughout the rest of the Bible for each of God’s promises.
We must take that same faith.
Pick the verse that is your John 3:16. What do you believe wholeheartedly about God?
Got yours? Feeling faith filled? Remember that feeling.
Practice checking out those verses in the Bible with promise for blessings, for happiness, for comfort, for peace, for forgiveness. Understand that same strong faith and believe can be put in these promises from God, also.
I love how Pastor Rick @ cfmiami.org always says we get it wrong as Christians often times. We hide from God when we sin as if He doesn’t still know. As if He doesn’t see us. As if running from Him takes us anywhere.
We need to run to Him when we fail, not away from Him. It’s only through Him that we can fix whatever mess we are making, even if we’re not actually sorry for the sin, fail, mess up, yet. We need to stay close to Him. Not hide. We need to run to Him, not from Him with every step of our life.
There is a saying you will all know that I’m going to butcher here but reads something like:
When you feel far from God, He didn’t move. Did you?
We need to think on that as humans. Sort of check in on ourselves every once in a while, especially as the storm comes and we’re suffering.
Do we feel close to God? Did we move, right when we need Him most?
He is not the one who moved.
Hebrews 4:14 (NIV)
So, let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Not only are we to come or come back. We are to come boldly.
If I know one thing about us, we are a group of bold, amazing women – for other people. When we rally for our kids, for each other, for our families, we are a bold group powerful and mighty. We struggle individually more frequently in translating that boldness for something good for ourselves because we know ourselves and someone has convinced us we don’t deserve everything in the world for ourselves.
If we believe our faith verse, whatever that is for you, then you need to believe this verse just as wholeheartedly. We need to be strong, streadfast and faith filled for ourselves.
So, let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.
Let’s get bold. I believe in you. More importantly, God believes in you even more. Get bold this week and see how life changes for you. Take Him up on this promise.
Looking forward to hearing how it goes.