Do you want to astonish Jesus?
It seems my trust is constantly tested. You, too? Satan never fails to jab hubs and I regularly with fear on several fronts. You know it, if you read my recent post, When The Hits Just Keep Coming.
And, aren’t we all reeling with the continual changes to our lives made by our politicians, behaviors of fellow citizens? (There is so much I want to say about all of it, but where would I begin?) Behind it all, Satan celebrates.
Are your main tools to fight the enemy like mine – with prayer and daily Bible reading? For the last ten or so years, I’ve followed a reading plan that would guide me through reading the Bible in one year – two favorite plans that I’ve followed several times.
With my Spiritual Seeds Planner* commitment to regular study and focus on the fruit of the Spirit, I wasn’t sure the same quantity of Bible chapter reading would fit into my schedule. While making my 2021 plans from soul-searching guided by the Holy Spirit and my Spiritual Seeds Planner, I made a fresh but quiet commitment to myself to write regularly. (Hence, last week’s Faithfulness Friday post.)
I noticed a reading plan on my iPhone YouVersion app by Andy Stanley called Five Things God Uses to Grow Your Faith. It’s only a six-day plan, but I decided, “What better way to start the new year?”
If you can’t find the app, here are the five things Andy Stanley says God uses to magnify our faith.
- Practical teaching.
- Providential relationships.
- Private disciplines (which I thought tied in well with my chosen fruit of the Spirit focus for January, SELF CONTROL).
- Personal ministry.
- Pivotal circumstances.
According to Andy Stanley, our awareness of these things helps us be more sensitive to the ways God is building our faith. In that, our relationship with the Lord grows stronger and greater; more intimate, which is His heart’s desire.
Especially in these dark times, do you want to grow your faith? Do you want to amaze Jesus?
We find the story of the Roman officer who asked Jesus to heal his servant in Matthew 8:5-10. Jesus told the officer He would come and heal him.
But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8)
Who knew such a simple statement could reveal the deepest faith?
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” (Matthew 8:10)
So . . . to amaze Jesus, we need faith. The centurion’s example shows how he came from a stance of the authority he had with his soldiers. He expected Jesus to heal his servant because of His authority to do so.
In the toughest season, we need to stand confidently on God’s promises grounded in His authority. Based on that authority and our confidence in the Lord, we need to praise Him, no matter what we see with our eyes.
That reminds me of Your Victory Faith Song that we discussed in a Faithfulness Friday post nearly a year ago. To be battle-ready and fearless, we need to praise God before the battle. Not only does that demonstrate great faith, I feel like that also amazes the Lord. Don’t you?
A transformative way to make a new habit of praise to the Lord is to work your way through my free 30-10 Praise Challenge. If you aren’t enrolled to get my posts by email, sign up to get my email postings here and receive the 30-10 Praise Challenge when you do that.
Is your faith deep enough to amaze Jesus?
Because He lives~
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