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Thursday, July 10, 2014

I Chose Faith in Him

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV).

Why would I forget that he is able to do more than I ever imagine or even fathom? I have doubts. I have struggles. I question His love when I don't mean to. In a moment of trial or suffering, I forget what He has done, and allow fear to control me. Fear can become so powerful in my mind that it replaces God as my spiritual center. Fear can become my belief instead of the Lord who gave himself for me. I don't want to believe this.... but when fear is more powerful in my life than faith, fear replaces the Lord as my God. When fear becomes my obsession, I give it control in my life, and it becomes my worship. Fear and faith cannot exist together for long. One will overcome the other. If I do not allow the Lord to take control of my fearful mind, then fear will win and destroy my life.

This verse in Ephesians 3 tells me that He is able to do more than I can imaginein my circumstance and in my life. He can change the circumstance and He can change me. Sometimes He does both, but not always. Sometimes He just increases my faith that no matter what my eyes see or ears hear or heart feels, He is going to take care of the concerns of my life. As much as I allow Him, He is at work within me. The more I allow His power to change my life, the more I can believe He will take care of the impossible. The more I grow in faith the more I know that He hears whatever I ask, and provides more than I even know I need. As His love is perfected in my life, He casts out fear in my mind (1 John 4:18). Faith takes over and becomes my spiritual center. My mind is focused on Him, and He keeps me in His perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).

Is this possible? Absolutely. Is it easy? No. It is work, and that work means facing the things within that must be changed. It means allowing the Holy Spirit to destroy beliefs in my life which have been false evidence that have appeared to be real. It means allowing Him to take my fear and praising Him that He is going to take care of it (Philippians 4:6-7). It means allowing the Holy Spirit to control the thoughts that come into my mind (2 Corinthians 10:5). I choose to think on what is good instead of what brings fear. (Philippians 4:8). I choose faith that brings peace over fear that brings destruction. As I think in my mind is what I am in my heart (Proverbs 23:7).

I choose Him to be my God. I choose faith.

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