Wednesday, 12 February 2014

It’s Mine, It’s Yours, It’s Mine, It’s Yours… Part II

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.  James 1:5-8 NIV

Look I don’t ever want to doubt God in any area of my life.  Furthermore He has given me no reason to ever do so.  As expressed in Part I of this blog, I usually surrender everything to Him intellectually, at least everything I think to take to Him.  And I will tell you that the outcome is in good hands, that I have no fear, that I am confident that what is best for me and my family will in fact happen, even if it is not exactly what I have in mind.

Okay enough rhetoric already.  I’m certainly not convincing God that I take my concerns to Him and leave them there and I’m probably not convincing you either.  Now I do have some peace about most things I take to him because of my self-talk.  I keep reminding myself that God has never broken a promise “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act?  Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19.

Faith by definition is an active confidence that God will do what He has said he is going to do.

Today’s translation basically says that when I pray to God, He will hear me and if “I remain in Him and He remains in me” I can ask whatever I want and it will be given me.” (John 15:7)  If I fail to believe that He will answer my prayers then I am “double minded and unstable in all that I do.” 
It is a little like the man who said to Jesus, “I believe, help me overcome my unbelief” (Mark 9:24)  I believe with all my heart, mind, soul, spirit and strength that God is supreme, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.  I believe there is absolutely nothing He can’t do and I believe He loves me and my family more than I could ever comprehend.  I believe!  However there are those times when I need help overcoming my unbelief, which usually has to do with the unknown outcome of some aspect of life.

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