I pray that you and yours are wonderfully blessed and the fruit of the Spirit is flourishing in your life. I trust that you are safe and sound, and I pray that no plague will come near your dwelling. We are in covenant with the living God according to Psalm 91, and we can trust Him to be our protector and defender! Amen?
The other day I was on my way to the Salvation Army Thrift Store to drop off some items. I called ahead to see when they would close, and the attendant told me the store closed at 4:30 PM. It was 3:55 PM when I got off the phone, so I knew I had to move fast. I wanted that stuff out of my car, so I prayed and asked God to help me get there on time. Wouldn’t you know that traffic was horrendous! I told myself, “I’m not gonna make it.” So I decided to try to drop the load off at another thrift store that was half the distance away. I was in the wrong lane, so I put on my turn signal and tried to get over. However, the car in the lane next to me REFUSED TO LET ME OVER! I missed the turn and had to keep going. When I got to the Salvation Army Thrift Store, my original destination, I had three minutes to spare. Whew! I let out a sigh of relief, dropped off the items, and went on about my business.
Later when I got home, God had a discussion with me. He told me He was the One that didn’t allow me to move over to the next lane. I had asked Him for help to get to my destination on time, and He boxed me in and kept me from turning so He could teach me something. He kept me from aborting my faith for the following reasons:
- God wanted to care for me as any good Father would, and when I aborted my faith in the middle of the trial because it didn’t look like He would come through, I set myself up to rob Him of the opportunity to care for me. I Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you.”
- By aborting my faith, I was also going to rob Him of the opportunity to control circumstances and display His power. God wants to make Himself real to us even though we can’t physically see him. By using our faith and seeing Him move in the physical realm, He makes Himself all the more tangible.
- When we abort our faith, we rob God of the opportunity to build faith and trust in Him, and foster intimacy in our relationship. Faith comes by hearing, but it also comes by experience. When you hang on to your faith, you give God a chance to help you strengthen it when you see what you are believing for come to pass.
Saints, it’s important for us to exercise our faith. When I wanted to go to that other thrift store because I didn’t think my prayer would be answered, it was like I settled for second best. When you pray and ask God for something, and you feel you have gotten a Word from God, even if it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, don’t settle. Don’t abort your faith! Don’t throw in the towel! If you are going through a difficult time right now, I challenge you to hold on to your faith until you see victory. It’s important to your spiritual growth that you don’t “jump ship” or “bail out” in the middle of your trial. If you will just hold fast to your profession of faith, you will see God show out and prove Himself to be exactly Who He says He is.
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Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) is a poet, author and speaker whose goal is to challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and is an Associate Minister at Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at http://www.TraceyLMoore.com.