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CBN Blog-Breakfast With My Daddy

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The Life of Faith

There was a time I thought I’d write a book about faith. I came up with a catchy title and believed the words would stem from them.

Wrong, again.

I have no idea what it means to live a life of faith, much less write about it.

One of my prayers a few years ago went something like this:

“Lord, my desire is to know you more and understand Your ways. I want to live a life of faith even though I don’t understand what it’s about.”

He’s answering and I’m whining.

A friend of mine said “If you can figure out how God is going to do something, that’s not how He’s going to do it.” I may have posted this previously but it’s worth repeating.

God does whatever He wants, whenever He wants, however He wants–because He’s God. The Only One.

The comfort is in His character.

So when I can’t understand His ways, I can trust Him. Isaiah 30:15 states, “For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.’”

The verse finishes with, “But you were not willing,”

I’ve worked through that verse several times over the last few years. Anxiety rises up and sometimes overtakes me until I’m so weak I have no choice but to call out to God. And He answers.

In fact, on my knees was where He wanted me in the first place.

Weakness is strength.

So right now I’m pretty strong.

But sometimes I pack my anxiety up again and rehash it. That’s when the last part of the verse comes in.

That’s also when His character comes in.

Just like with the children of Israel and Peter the Apostle and Pauline the Rookie–He is faithful–not us.

So reader, if you’re at the edge of the Red Sea and the water is lapping at your toes, memorize Isaiah 30:15 and then with the help of the Holy Spirit, live it.

Usually, you’ll be on your knees.

It’s a good place to be.

Have you ever felt as if you were standing at the edge of the Red Sea? Mounds of water ahead of you, mountains surrounding you, and an army at your tail?

That’s how I’ve felt lately. Wet toes.

My heart is weak.

My faith is small.

I haven’t written for a while because I almost drowned in that hypothetical sea. I’ve spent the last four months calling out to God, mostly on my knees. Sometimes several times a day. The weakest I can remember in my life. Desperate for God.

Guess what. I didn’t drown. Not because I held on but because He held on.

He’s like that. Powerful. All-knowing. Full of grace and truth. Generous with it too.

I won’t bore you with the details because they aren’t important. At least for this blog. What’s important is that God is great.

He answered each time I called out either through scripture, music, a text, a person, and especially prayer. Even people who don’t believe ministered to me during this time. If you were one of those people, thanks.

I’m so thankful. And so humbled.

It occurs to me that you may be standing at the edge of your proverbial sea. And you can’t see a way through. Call out to Him. His Word says you don’t have because you don’t ask.

Sometimes we don’t ask because we think we can handle it.

Maybe you’re there. You’re standing at the Red Sea with a teaspoon, shoveling away. And you’re pleased with yourself.

Jesus said in John 15:5, “without me you can do nothing.”

I guess that’s what I’ve learned.

And I just wanted to pass it on.

 

 

Giving Praise at Lent

Tom read the words to me from Luke 2 yesterday morning. The story is supernatural. Divine.

We ended the reading in song with these words:

“Immanuel. Immanuel. His name is called Immanuel.

God with us. Revealed in us. His name is called Immanuel.”

Today we moved on. The idea of a young couple bringing their infant son who happens to be the Son of God into the temple to be blessed by a priest is astounding.

Simeon was waiting for Messiah. Looking. Praying. His prayer was answered.

A woman from the tribe of Asher who spent the last several years of her life praying and fasting and watching for Messiah at the temple, received the privilege of seeing him.

Single-minded devotion to the King.

Am I willing to sacrifice my time, money, even my appetite to see the Lord? To know Him better?

This praise blog is one of the feeble ways I’m trying.  Today, Tom and I sang 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman. I just listened to this YouTube video and it brought me to the feet of my King again.

Blessings, friend.

Keep praising.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtwIT8JjddM[/youtube]

 

Investing in Christmas, Day 12-Lifted Up

Ever been “lifted up with pride?” Happens to me everyday. My thinking goes something like this, I’m really good at that. Or, How could they do that to me? 

It’s not pretty, but it’s true. On my daily prayer cards, I have one whole card dedicated to confessing my sin of thinking I’m better or smarter or more talented than others. I confess it and then commit it.

Good thing God is patient with a weak woman like me.

Today, we’ll continue to invest in Christmas by staying in the book of Isaiah. (We’ll be here for several days.)

Isaiah 53:13-15:

“See, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and greatly exalted. Just as many were appalled at You–His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man, and His form did not resemble a human being–so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, for they will see what had not been told them,  and they will understand what they had not heard.”(HCSB)

Remember when Christ was lifted up? On the cross.

I couldn’t watch The Passion of the Christ. I tried.

The startling fact is that Christ was lifted up on a cross which led to His being lifted up for all eternity.

Jesus said this right before perhaps the most well-known passage in the Bible:

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.” (HCSB)

Investing in Christmas, means mediating on the cross of Christ. They cannot be separated.

Hoisted violently up on a cross, to face suffering, ridicule and shame, face marred almost beyond recognition to “sprinkle many nations.” Most commentators believe this to be a reference of the High Priest sprinkling blood to atone for sin.

Christ’s blood atoned for our sin.

And His work shut kings’ mouths.

This thought should shut our mouths.

Bring us to our knees.

Lift our hands in worship.

Listen to this beautiful Christmas hymn for your worship today, Sister.

Are you lifting yourself up? Here’s a suggestion for today. Tell someone about the One Who was lifted up on the cross, Who sprinkled the nations, and shut the mouths of kings.