2.16.2015

I am convinced!

Faith, and believing God is powerful enough to do ANYthing has never been a struggle for me.
Even as a child I knew God was BIG. I was fearful, but my fear pushed me to Him, begging Him to deliver me from whatever was haunting me at the moment. (Spiders, the dark, a bear on the loose breaking into homes (seriously - it happened!) and a myriad of other things.)
As I grew I was fascinated by stories of men and women of undaunted courage and a faith that was so strong they would pray for dead people to be restored and seeing eyes to be blinded.
I wanted to be in their presence. I wanted to witness their faith in action. Ask what made it so strong.
I wanted to BE them!

I still feel that way today.

One of my favorite scenes in Scripture is when 90-year-old Sarah is hiding, listening to the Lord promise her husband that they will have a child within a year and descendants too numerous to count. She is only thinking in human terms, so she misses the miraculous. And then she laughs.
And God hears her.
His response is my favorite Trust Quote ever: "Is anything too difficult for the Lord?"
No! The answer is a resounding NO! Nothing is too difficult for Him!

I think most of us believe this. We believe God is big, powerful, and able to do anything.
Until it becomes personal.
And then we wonder. Can He do this? WILL He do this? Can I trust Him if He doesn't? Will I trust Him?

And once again - we can look to the story of Abraham.

One of my girls shared this passage last week during our time of confession and accountability after voicing her struggle with fear. Abraham's phenomenal faith in God is well known, but this account in Romans seemed to offer a fresh perspective.
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:20

And then she asked the question, "Am I fully convinced that God will do what He has promised?!?"

As she thought about this, the phrase "God is able" filtered through her mind causing her to begin a search for verses containing those specific words. 
And she discovered these gems:

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude :24

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. II Corinthians 9:8

Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed ... - to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16:25

For because He himself has suffered when tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. Daniel 3

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20

Am I fully convinced that God will do what He has promised?
What a fantastic question!
And one we should ask ourselves in every moment of doubt, insecurity, and fear.

The question, however, is not as important as the answer.
And hopefully the answers is, and always will be,
"Yes! I am convinced because I know and I believe that HE IS ABLE!"

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