When Jesus indicated that he was both the author and perfecter (or finisher) of our faith...do I live as if I believe that? "He who began a good work in you will see it on to completion..." again...good stuff to "believe" but do I live as if I believe it?
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Story after story illustrates how this mission relied upon God's miraculous intervention to provide resources for additional staff, supplies, or even the first hydroelectric powered dam ever built in Kenya.
As I read these pages, I have asked myself: do I believe God works miracles like that? If I do, why am I tempted to doubt God's provision to sell our home or for me to find a job when we move? I read of God's intervention and I pray, "I want this kind of faith, God." I want the closeness with God where I am moved to action: such as, "During my devotions this morning, I really felt lead to..."
Satan has been beating me up of late. He keeps whispering in my ear, "You're no good, Steve. You've made mistakes. You're worthless...God won't use you like that." Sadly, I am inclined to listen to him. Why? And I know I am not alone...
I don't want "blab it and grab it" or "name it and proclaim it" faith. I want simple, childlike faith where, when God leads, I know it's Him and I follow.
God...help me to find and walk in your will. I want real faith...the kind that will spur me on to action - that pleases you.