Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Mission


 So much depends upon what we believe.  I want to encourage you to believe the truth today.

A recent journal excerpt:

Some days the work it takes to believe feels insurmountable.
Some days I am full of thoughts of failure.
Some days I don’t feel like reading my Bible.
Some days are hard.
Do my thoughts and feelings change the truth?

I get so easily distracted from my purpose on this earth. Distracted, disillusioned, and discouraged. I have to pray,

“Turn my eyes from worthless things 
and give me life through your word.” 
Psalm 119:37 
Every. Single. Day.


Jesus says,

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Thy word is truth.” (John 8:32. 17:17)

Knowing God’s word is irreplaceable for equipping ourselves to stay on the narrow path. It is important that we are intentional and proactive in choosing what we believe.

Believe. Everyday.
Believe that Jesus is enough. His life, his death, his resurrection, is enough. His grace is enough. (2Corinthians 12:9)
Believe that I truly can do all things, like Paul, through Jesus Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
Believe that the Lord gives his people strength and blesses them with peace. (Psalms 29:11)
Believe that he isn’t ever going to leave me alone in this struggle, in this life. (Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20)
Believe that he will always, is always, providing a way out when I am tempted. (1Corinthians 10:13)

There are so many distractions, so many temptations pulling me away from my purpose, my mission on this earth. Each of us lives in a unique situation. We are each uniquely equipped by our Lord not just to survive, but to thrive, and to draw others to Him by our testimonies.


Homeschooling is a challenge at best. For me, it is hard. I struggle often with the fear of failure. But, homeschooling is only a part of my fear. My real struggle is failing as a parent. Sometimes I hear thoughts going through my head about how I am not spending enough time with my children, or I am not listening to them enough, sometimes I even feel guilty for going for a walk by myself. I think I am just not doing it good enough. This cloud of impending doom falls upon my mind and chokes my breath and my heart feels the heaviness of my failure. I start to fret and dwell on all of the ways I could be better, do better, completely forgetting all the good. I feel condemned. I am learning that it is in these moments that I need to capture my thoughts and throw them back at Satan. I need to be intentional and proactive about what I believe. This is the time to take my thoughts captive, stand firm and resist Satan. It is in these moments, I need to choose to believe the truth. Jesus has my back, and he's going before me. He will give me abundantly more than I could ask or think regarding wisdom to raise these children successfully, if I just ask in faith, believing.

He reminds me that I do love my children and his grace is enough for the difficult moments. I don’t have to be like the family down the street. 

It is then, when I choose to believe the truth, that Satan, with his lies, flees from me. The cloud lifts, I can breathe deep again, my heart is free and I put my hand in the Lord’s hand and trust.


Choosing to believe the truth is so important. Sometimes it’s a fight to believe. In Matthew 11 Jesus says, “The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.” Sometimes we have to be violent, aggressive, in our fight to believe. We are told to "Fight the good fight of faith," in 1Timothy 6:12, and to "Put on our armor and to stand firm against the enemy," in Ephesians 6. We are in a spiritual battle and we have to be vigilant to stay focused on the mission. And the mission is to believe. 

A couple of men asked Jesus, 

“What should we do to perform God’s work?” 

and he replied, 

“This is the only work God wants from you: 

Believe in the one he has sent!" 
John 6:28-29

When we appropriate God’s promises somehow he makes it all work out for the good of those he has called to his purposes in Christ Jesus. He gave us his great and precious promises to believe. This is the miracle of grace.

Let’s believe the truth. We’ve got this!


Love,
Renee


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