Tackling Tuesday – On Faith and Change – April 21 Devotions
It’s a rainy Tuesday morning in Maine, and the annual spring flooding has begun in our basement! Fortunately, with our extended winter and cold weather, and the gradual warm-up to spring, all that snow melted slowly, or it would be a LOT worse at the moment! As it is now, we only need the sump pump periodically, instead of running constantly for long periods of time.
So anyway, onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating. I have just added a third situation that is particularly heartbreaking! 🙁
We need to know about faith. Faith is a wonderful thing. The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (see Hebrews 11:6). He wants us to get our eyes on Him and learn to believe Him so He can do for and through us what He wants done in the earth.
**BUT…It is possible to worship our prayer time, our Bible study, our confession, our meditation, our praise, our good works. It is possible to develop faith in our faith rather than faith in our God.**
It is almost frightening because there is such a fine line between the two. But the thing we must remember is that as good as all these things are, they are only channels to receiving from the Lord.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“Our happiness and joy are not dependent on whether or not other people do what we want them to do. We may never be able to influence anyone else to do what we think is right. But with God’s help, we can change ourselves to bring about the results we want in life.
I have discovered that if I change in a positive way, and if it is a permanent and stable change, it almost always provokes change in the people around me. If you want your life to be different, ask God to show you how YOU need to change. Accept others for who they are, and see how God works in you to complete your joy.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
-1- Important points to remember: Faith is a CHANNEL, not a SOURCE. Have faith in God, not faith in our faith. I think this is where the so-called “faith movement” got off balance (I speak from experience, having been part of it many years ago), and earned the sarcastic ridicule of opponents, with such labels as “name it and claim it” and “blab it and grab it” — hardly the type of association you would want to have when talking about faith in God!
-2- It’s always like a flashing neon sign – even a bit “spooky” in a way – when the devotional for the day is on something I just wrote in my Attitude of Gratitude post – BEFORE I read this devotional! It has been my practice now for about 2 1/2 years to post a daily “Gratitude” post on Facebook; this is what I posted today, again, BEFORE reading the second devotional above: I am thankful that as we are willing to allow God to mold and change us, even when it’s painful or challenging, that people around us often begin changing for the better as well. How amazing is that??!!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you ever struggled with having the balance between exercising faith in God vs. faith in your faith?
Have you experienced this situation? As you change, people around you change? Also, have you had something happen that “spooked” you a bit because of the timing?