Final Thoughts on a Final Recovery, and Wednesday’s Promise

(The following post is a summation of the 3 Things to Make Recovery Final series and includes the promise I made last Wednesday to tell you one really special way that God reveals Himself to us.)
Just a couple more thoughts, I think sometimes our “Christian” life and struggle to manufacture faith gets in the way of really having faith. A lot of times during recovery I thought, “If I just believed God enough. Why is it so hard to trust Him?”
The other day I was enamored by one of Steven Furtick’s sermons in the Crash the Chatterbox series. He referenced Moses at the burning bush. Furtick pointed out that in all his arguments with God and reasoning as to why he shouldn’t be the one to deliver Israel, Moses never once doubted God’s ability.
God showed him several miracles and Moses knew what God was capable of doing. Instead, he argued from a place of insecurity, basically saying over and over again, “You don’t really want to use me to do this God. You’re awesome and all, but I’m not smart enough, I’m not a good speaker, I don’t have many friends left in Egypt, no one will believe me…”.
God didn’t set Moses straight by fixing Moses, or suddenly, magically filling him with faith. Instead, God simply told Moses who HE was. He said, I AM.
Every time Moses said, “I am not…”, God’s effectual response was, “I AM…”. This gets really awesome when we get to the New Testament and realize how many times God says that He has give us His name. Because we bear His name, all of our arguments about failures, small faith and insufficiencies are answered in our new name, “I AM.”
(2 Chron. 7:14, Is. 43:7, 2 Peter 1:4, John 17:11-12)
The answer to stronger faith isn’t to grit our teeth and try to force it. It isn’t to work harder or do more. It is simply watching Jesus, seeing I AM.  (A few verses and commentary on this:
This is why Paul White’s sermons hit me so hard and sunk in so deeply.
I had tried for SO LONG to conjure up this faith that should have made me a “good Christian girl”, impervious to stupid struggles and battles and fears and anxiety. I was exhausted because I couldn’t come up with faith or make believing in Jesus “work for me”. But that’s the point. When we understand that “faith is substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen” we can start walking in faith without holding out for “proof” that this works.
You’ve heard it said, “To know Jesus is to love Him.” (Maybe that was said about something else, but it has never been more true than about Christ). We cannot make ourselves love Him or believe Him. But the more we KNOW Him the more irresistible He becomes, the better we understand His voice and freer we walk day by day.
Hangeth Thou in There 🙂

6 thoughts on “Final Thoughts on a Final Recovery, and Wednesday’s Promise

  1. Nice one Abby ! I LOVE the “Hangeth Thou in There” ! I shall remember that for troubled times.
    You pulled together some great lessons there !

    Yes, I also learnt the hard way that Faith is the key to everything. However, Jesus taught us very clearly that Faith is OUR responsibility, not God’s, BUT once we have it, everything else we can hand to God.
    Even so, the enemy will constantly try to tip us off balance and make us question our faith. We must never forget that this will happen.

    On faith :
    Matthew 8
    5 When Jesus entered the city of Capernaum, an army officer came to him, begging for help. 6 The officer said, “Lord, my servant is at home in bed. He can’t move his body and is in much pain.”
    7 Jesus said to the officer, “I will go and heal him.”
    8 The officer answered, “Lord, I am not worthy for you to come into my house. You only need to command it, and my servant will be healed. 9 I, too, am a man under the authority of others, and I have soldiers under my command. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes. I tell another soldier, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and my servant does it.
    10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. He said to those who were following him, “I tell you the truth, this is the greatest faith I have found, even in Israel.

    then on the other hand :
    Matthew 13 :
    57 So the people were upset with Jesus.
    But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his hometown and in his own home.”
    58 So he did not do many miracles there because they had no faith.

    If Jesus couldn’t achieve much with people of little faith, what chance have we got ?!

    Rich Warren tries to make it simple for us to understand :
    – “God tests my faith through problems, tests my hope by how I handle possessions, and tests my love through people.”

    … and I found that helped.

    Then there is what I think is one of Jesus’ finest teachings in Matthew 6 :
    25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the food or drink you need to live, or about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. 26 Look at the birds in the air. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. And you know that you are worth much more than the birds. 27 You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.

    28 “And why do you worry about clothes? Look at how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that even Solomon with his riches was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers. 30 God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire. So you can be even more sure that God will clothe you. Don’t have so little faith! 31 Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. 33 Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

    Jesus mentions here “people who don’t know God” which brings us back to your point about knowing Jesus (he is the way to God) being the way to faith. Then faith is the way to everything else.
    So, we can say : “If thou canst get thy head round this, thou shalt have peace and great joy !” 🙂

    1. David, you have undone me again 🙂
      Well said! The “hangeth thou in there” is not original with me, Kay Arthur, the founder of Precept Ministries, but it has stuck in my head.
      Blessings, Friend!

  2. Hi Abby! Choice words today. Just the meal I needed! Hanging out sick for weeks on end and praying for wisdom about what to glean and this seems to be it. To lean into the side of the Savior and let His love flow into me. Like John leaning back on his chest. I’ve been thinking too, that we spend so much time pressuring ourselves, and manufacturing enthusiasm, which is exhausting. Refreshing post. Thanks!

    1. Oh Anne-Marie, Do you ever notice that sometimes someone reframes your own words so that they refresh you all over again? You have indeed done that! I’m so glad you found my words edible and delicious! 🙂

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