I’m afraid you’re going to be terribly disappointed if you came here looking for the promise of a bra busting scantily clad women show. Hang with me… maybe, just maybe there is something here for you that will inspire you to put one foot in front of the other until you claim your PROMISE.
Our pastor spoke last evening about DOUBT. He painted a vivid picture of the journey to the Promised Land and how DOUBT can be a slippery slope and leave us circling the drain if we aren’t careful.
He spoke undeniable truth about how DOUBT’S close cousin DESPAIR quickly comes running at the first hint of a question mark in our thoughts. He was firm providing fact that DESPAIR breeds desperate thinking which always gets us in trouble.
He spoke unfailing wisdom of how DOUBT and DESPAIR leave our vision clouded and will ultimately cause us to self-destruct and forget the PROMISES of God.
How did he know that DOUBT had set up camp in my thoughts? How did he know fear was tangled in my spirit? How did He know that DESPAIR was gripping my heart? He didn’t, but HE did.
Thoughts like “God, if you really love me” and “If I’m really a child of God”.
Please tell me I’m not the only one that falls victim to the lies of the enemy. Tricks to get me to question His greatness. I hesitantly admit that I fall so easily.
“How dumb can you be?!” he stated giving opinion of the state of mind the children of Israel were in in their moment of DESPAIR.
Are you kidding me?! God delivered them out of the bondage of slavery and they are questioning Him?! Moses PARTED THE RED SEA and they want a new captain?! You would think that one would seal it, ya know?
DOUBT is the seed that grows DESPAIR in our hearts. To boil it down, it makes us stupid. It’s true. I’ve been there. Recently.
Just this week I was sharing with the Mr. some of the thoughts I was battling. He simply said “babe, we have to get to a point that even if God doesn’t fix this, we march on without denying Him”.
Ironically, all this time I’ve been asking God to prove Himself to me and the people around me that are diligently praying and waiting for restoration. As if the many stories of my life alone aren’t proof enough of His greatness. He must chuckle at my ignorance and be forever frustrated with waiting for me to “get it”.
You see, perhaps it’s as simple as me proving myself to Him, steadfast and unmovable and ONCE AND FOR ALL sold out and usable for His kingdom. It's about checking DOUBT at the door.
Are they true, the words of my husband when he said “this thing may not be about our little girl at all, it may be about us”?
Is this an opportunity to prove myself usable?
I mean, the children of Israel were RIGHT THERE… close enough to send spies into the land.
I, you, we could be on the brink of our PROMISE!!!
God help us remember your promises and not to be blinded by the issues that are present in our lives. Let us not be troubled by and enemy that knows we are about step foot on our PROMISE. Give us the strength to prove ourselves to you and to claim our PROMISE absent of DOUBT and DESPAIR.
“Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’” – Joshua 1:13