In a time where the entire world seems to be moving at a chaotic beat, many people who profess to believe in God may find their faith wavering. Perhaps, their faith even shakes when the winds of uncertainty blow haphazardly throughout the day as trial after trial shows up at their door. My former pastor used to call these moments the greatest of all times for believers. When he said greatest of all times, I truthfully struggled in embracing his words when I translated my own trials as anything but great. However, the conviction that God would use these times to show me His glory has always stayed at the forefront of my mind.
This morning as I reflected in my quiet time, I allowed for a moment for God to speak to that place called unbelief. My unbelief place is where I had stored up things that I had not seen God resolve. It was the place where the bills that I could not pay and the blessings that I had not experienced lived. As a believer, I hid this place because I knew it didn’t belong in my faith walk.
Even though I spoke to unbelief and asked God for help, I would find unbelief knocking on my door daily and sometimes I let it in.
Over a period of time, I found myself foolishly covering my unbelief as Adam and Eve attempted to cover their nakedness. Even though I know that God is all knowing and all seeing, I would enter before Him attempting to hide unbelief in hopes that he would not notice the difference in the way that I approached Him. Every time I felt as if I had unbelief in check, it would rear its ugly head bringing about fear and panic. To make matters worse, unbelief began to invite friends. Its friend called “worry” would manifest to an unusual extent as I watched the news about the economy and all the people that would lose their unemployment benefits. I began to experience unchecked and deep concern for all the violence that was taking place against children and innocent people across the world.
These friends joined forces and became balled up into one overwhelming unbelief that appeared to dominate the little faith that I held for dear life. And as I considered the impact to not only myself, but to others around me, I imagined myself standing on the top of a mountain and on the edge looking down at what was looming before me. It seemed as if those “unbelief things” were placed all around in a deep valley and if pushed any further, I would fall into a sea of abyss with Lord knows what happening to me.
Coming to the edge of your faith where trust and unbelief are the only two options do not compel you to automatically leap forward and make a choice. In fact, most people will stand on the very edge of a cliff called decision to a detriment with hopes that God will come to rescue them in the form of a super natural act so that they won’t have to make the choice of trusting Him by leaping in faith. Yet, those that profess to believe God know that we are in fact living in a time where the true test of faith does not take place by waiting for God to swoop you up as you squeeze your eyes tight to somehow bring about the act of him moving miraculously in your life.
No, the tightrope act of faith will take place in the act your leaping. When you leap, you
totally surrender. When you leap, it is with force and determination. In these trying times, believers will have to take that leap from the edge not in the form of spiritual suicide, but in the form of supernatural faith. Faith that says I WILL trust God even if it feels like I’m going to the bottom. Faith that says, I WILL trust God because I know that when I take this leap, He in fact already caught me because I was already in his hands before I lifted my pinky toe. Faith that says I WILL leap even when adversity has risen up against me and formed weapons of mass destruction. Faith that believes that those weapons formed against me, even though they look very mighty, will not prosper. And yes, Faith that says, I am willing to give God all the things in my unbelief place because I am willing to trust Him no matter what it looks like. Therefore, if you are one who is standing at the cliff wondering which decision to make, I challenge you to come outside of what the world is saying and place your complete faith in God. Even in your time of looking at a difficult financial situation, shaky marriage, troubling kids, poor health or whatever it is that you face at the cliff, stare down at those things that have collaborated with unbelief and simply say – I WILL TRUST GOD!
Enter into 2013 by shutting down unbelief and leap by faith!
Be encouraged and blessed!
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Gina Dacus - speaker, author, prophetic artist who desires to pour out every God given gift for the duration of her life - there are no limitations in Christ!