By Cindy Grasso
It is time for insecurities to go. For doubt and fears to fly away and be replaced by a confidence that comes straight from the throne of God.
“God is not offended by your biggest or boldest prayers.”- Mark Batterson from his new book, The Circle Maker.
Last night a friend of ours crashed on our couch last night on his way up to Redding, Ca. I didn’t see him but for a minute early this morning, but my husband got to talk with him and catch up. He told my husband the story of his journey from Las Vegas to Nepal. James’ heart beats stronger on foreign soil than it does on his native soil and has a strong call to missions.
Here’s the story:
Before he went to Nepal, he felt God wanted him to make right some mistakes he had made in Vegas- unpaid perfect parking tickets, an unresolved car accident, etc. So he walked into the police station and asked them to bring up all the records and see what he needed to to. Turns out that the amount came to about $8000. James went about getting any job he could, anywhere he could. From one odd job to another, James found himself in South Carolina and working as a painter. He found a good group of Christian men to work with and made $800 on the completion of the job. He thought to himself,” I am finally getting somewhere and will make a dent in the debt!” He went to church in South Carolina on the next Sunday thanking God for it. During the service, James felt the Lord impress him to give all the money to the Pastor’s son- all $800. So, he did it. For James, it was the widows mite – all he had. He gave it that day. On Monday, he received a call from from the government. “Oh no,” he thought, “more trouble.” But the call was regarding a claim he had put in six years earlier for a pension his father had earned. His father had passed away and James was dealing with the estate. He filed the claim but nothing had come of it. Now they were calling to say, yes, it had come through: over a hundred thousand dollars to be split between the six siblings. James got $25,000. He paid off his debts and used the money to make his way to Nepal to share God’s love with the people there.
This isn’t a story about money, it is a story about God’s currency: faith. In God’s economy money is metal and paper, the real currency if life is faith. It is a reminder that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. I don’t know about you, but I forget that God can do a whole lot more with what I have than I can. He works in multiplication while I inch along in addition. Hearing my husband pass along this story reminded me that walking in faith is never easy but always worth it. He can do “more than we could ask or imagine.”
“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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20, 21 NIV)
I think the enemy wants to keep us held captive in small thinking and small faith. He feeds our insecurity and doubts to keep us from moving forward.
It is time to shake off our insecurities. To step out in faith and confidence to live your life in joy and freedom. The freedom to live the adventurous plan God has for you.
1. The negative thoughts will come- take them captive.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
2. The attack on your attitude will happen- up your worship and gratitude.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV84)
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