It’s All About Faith

Have you ever had a sin that you just couldn’t quit?  I have.  A couple of them actually.  Jesus changed a lot overnight, but there were some things I continued to struggle with.  I was talking to my friend, and I was contemplating out loud why God hasn’t removed a particular one.  “Ask Him” they advised.

I was confused… I began to explain how I have grieved this sin, have pled with God to remove it, but for some reason I can’t seem to stop stumbling back into it.  “I don’t think you really have asked” they replied.  Say What?!  I have asked for so long every day to take this sin from me.

So I went to the Lord and asked Him to show me where I am not understanding  how to ask.  And I prayed and prayed and prayed some more.  I dug into the word and asked that He show me the truth, so that I could understand why I continue to commit this sin, in light of how I know it doesn’t please Him… why I can’t let it go.

As Jesus would have it, by honestly seeking His wisdom on the matter through His word, I realized my friend was right.  I was asking God to remove it, but not to truly wanting Him to give me the strength to release it.  I wanted God to supernaturally make it just go away the way He did in other areas.  I didn’t want to lean on Him and flee from evil.  I simply wasn’t willing to trust Him to help.  Because if I am honest I really didn’t want Him to in those hidden places of my heart.

So, in light of that I prayed a little differently, by praying His word of truth over the matter.

  1. I confessed my lack of trust Psalm 40:4
  2. I asked God to give me a deeper hunger for his word Hebrews 4:12
  3. I repented of my willful blindness to His truth about anything I haven’t wanted to hear John 12:40
  4. I recommitted all details of my life big and small to God Proverbs 16:3

1 John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

I posted 1 John 5:14-15 everywhere.  The bathroom, my office, my car, the wall next to my side of the bed, etc, so that I could meditate and grow in faith, until the Holy Spirit let it take root.

Praise God for His wisdom and help when we sincerely ask.

 

 

 

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