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Faith in God - March 2010

Don't let this world's troubles drag you down with them; faith in God's love will help you rise above any circumstance or misfortune.

01-03-2010
Sink or Swim
Sink or Swim

Have you ever noticed how some people can stay afloat when engulfed in troubles and hardships, while others sink to the bottom? What sets the swimmers apart from the sinkers? From what I’ve seen, the biggest factor seems to be faith in God’s love. When those who understand how much God loves them find themselves in over their heads, they know He won’t let them drown. So, unlike those who don’t have such faith, they don’t wear themselves out struggling just to keep their heads above water—or worse, panic and go down all the quicker. Buoyed by their faith, the...

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01-03-2010
Squirrel Power
Squirrel Power

“Miserable!” That was the only way to describe how I was feeling that day. My husband had had to travel—again!—and there I was alone with our four children. Finances were low, my health was bad, and my teenage daughter was going through a crisis. I prayed—oh, how I prayed!—that Jesus would make things a little easier to bear.

Looking out my window at a grove of trees swaying in the gentle breeze, I recalled other times when Jesus had encouraged me to hold on until He could work things out.

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01-03-2010
Faith Now and Forever
Faith Now and Forever

The way Jesus works in our lives and the way He chooses to do things is often past our comprehension. It’s mysterious and usually takes faith and patience, because His timetable is often different from ours. Living the Christian life requires faith and trust, because we’re not the ones in control—Jesus is. We have to remind ourselves constantly that He knows best, that He does all things well, and that His priorities are often different and much more long-term and “big picture” than ours.

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01-03-2010
The Reward of Faith
The Reward of Faith

“Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” Elisha’s servant asked.

The king of Aram (present-day Syria) was at war with ancient Israel and had sent an entire army to the city of Dothan to capture the prophet Elisha. They came by night, so when Elisha’s servant woke and went out early in the morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet said. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.”

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01-03-2010
Finding Faith
Finding Faith

One day, while browsing in a bookshop, I came across an encyclopedia with a section of Bible-related articles. I was curious to see how a secular scholar might depict the great men and women of the Bible, so I began to read some of the short biographies—the prophets Daniel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah; King David; Samson; the apostles Matthew, Peter, and Paul. …

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01-03-2010
How Faith Works
How Faith Works

God loves to precipitate a crisis. He sometimes lets things happen to make us pray and believe Him for the answer. He wants us to take a definite step of faith by making specific requests and expecting specific answers.

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Faith in God, trust in God, gives a feeling of rest of body, peace of mind, contentment of heart, and spiritual well-being. When we know that God loves us, we know everything is going to be okay.

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01-03-2010
Strokes of God
Strokes of God

Every so often we read or hear about some happening that so completely defies explanation that the people involved are convinced they have been part of a miracle.

For the rest of us, it takes faith to believe those accounts—faith that miracles are possible, as well as faith in those giving the accounts. But faith has its rewards. If we can believe that “impossible” things have happened to others, then perhaps we can believe that they can happen to us too. The French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) called miracles the “lightning strokes of God.” There’s no “perhaps” about a...

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01-03-2010
Burden or Blessing?
Burden or Blessing?

Many things that seem to us to be curses are in fact gifts from God, oddly packaged.

The story is told of a woman who loved Jesus very much and wanted nothing more than to please Him. “I’ll gladly do whatever You ask,” she promised, hoping secretly for some noble and noticed place of service.

To her dismay He handed her a heavy, rough burlap sack and asked her to carry it as they walked through life together. She was curious about the contents of the sack, but it was tied closed with a strong cord and so many intricate knots that...

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01-03-2010
Relax Your Jaw
Relax Your Jaw

As I fixed breakfast, my thoughts drifted to the day ahead. There were meetings to attend, projects to complete, emails to send, phone calls to make, and on it went. The next time I printed out my to-do list, it occurred to me, I should use a smaller font so it would fit on two pages. I grabbed my breakfast and some coffee, and dashed off to get ready for the day.

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01-03-2010
“Precious Promises” Sampler
“Precious Promises” Sampler

Here are just a few of God’s promises to you. There are hundreds more that you can hold Him to when faced with any problem.

God’s promises are contracts. Most have conditions attached. Take a moment to think about each one in terms of God’s part and your part.

(In the following list, only the most pertinent parts of some verses are given in order to highlight the promise.)

 

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01-03-2010
Only Him
Only Him

The story is told of an elderly woman whose memory was starting to fail her. Over the years she had read and studied the Bible so much that she knew many passages by heart. One of her favorites was from Paul’s second letter to Timothy, which included the verse, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him.”1 As long as she held onto Jesus, He would not fail her.

As time went by, she found that she could no longer remember the whole verse—only the phrase “what I...

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01-03-2010
When “Reality” Is Not Reality
When “Reality” Is Not Reality

Sometimes, because you see yourself or situations a certain way, you put limits on what I am able to do in answer to your prayers. You have to let go of your preconceived ideas before you can believe that I will intercede, or that change is even possible. Sometimes your desire to want to be realistic and not get your hopes too high becomes a lack of faith. It’s good to be a realist to some degree, to not have unrealistic expectations of yourself or life in general, but too much realism can lead to discouragement and a defeatist attitude.

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