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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Choose Faith

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
—Ephesians 3:20 NLT

Why would you forget that God can do more than you can imagine? Do you question His love? Do you forget the victory He wrought for you and allow fear to have control? Fear can become so powerful that it replaces God as your spiritual center. When constant fear rules your life, it becomes your obsession. When you allow fear control, you give it power. Fear and faith can’t exist together. One will grow stronger over time and destroy the other. You don’t want fear to defeat faith. You want faith to win, but if you don’t allow the Lord to take control of your fearful mind, then fear will win.

This verse in Ephesians 3 says that He can do more than you can imagine. He can—in your circumstance and your life! He can take care of your problems and certainly take care of you. As much as you allow, He works within you. The more you allow His power to mold your heart and mind, the more you can believe He can take care of what seems impossible. The more you grow in faith, the more you can know that He hears whatever you ask, and provides more than you even know you need. He increases your confidence so that no matter what your eyes see or ears hear, or heart feels, you walk in trust and freedom.  He renews your mind, and He casts out fear. Faith takes over and becomes your spiritual center. Your thoughts focus on Him, and you rest in His perfect peace.

Is this possible? Absolutely. But it is His responsibility within you. It is impossible for you to change yourself without His power. What you can do is choose to believe you are a new person in Jesus Christ. Don't allow what has been in the past to condemn you. Don't let old sins and failures and wrong perception defeat your faith in Him. Know His Truth and apply it in your life. Walk by faith and not feelings. The Holy Spirit changes the way you perceive yourself and your circumstances. He changes your attitudes by destroying false beliefs that you have thought were true. 

Release all fear to Him and praise Him for taking care of everything that has concerned you. Allow Him to control the thoughts that come into your mind. Refuse the lies of the enemy and the condemnation that comes from guilt and shame that is not yours to carry. What you think in your mind is what determines your life. You choose to believe in what is uplifting, encouraging, and hopeful instead of what brings fear. You can live a faith that produces peace instead of fear.

"I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources," Paul implores, "he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is" (Ephesians 3:16-18, NLT).

Allow the Holy Spirit access to you. Choose faith and act upon His Truth. You will have the power to understand how complete and powerful His love is for you. 

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

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