Believe God More

Believe God More

“Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true,” said Max Lucado. Have you looked forward to something for a long time, then when you finally got it, it wasn’t at all what you thought it would be. Did you feel deceived? You had faith in the object, not in the one it came from. Is it any surprise some of us have a hard time trusting God? When bad things happen to good people, we second-guess God’s love for us.

Do you really have faith in God? Believing God is about trusting Him to work even when it doesn’t look like there’s anything happening. There is no middle ground when it comes to believing God – either we operate in fear or faith. If you’ve ever second-guessed a decision you’ve made, you are in like company. Henrietta Mears, the founder of Gospel Light was asked at the end of her life, if you could do anything different with your life, what would it be? She said, “Believe God more.” Proverbs 3:5, 6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.”

Believing God’s plan is best is a decision we make, it’s a crisis of the will. We are deceived when we feel we can’t trust God with our situation and don’t believe He can help us. Doubt is the opposite of belief. The only anecdote for unbelief is to accept the truth. Those who believe God can put their faith in Him in any circumstance. We must trust God. That good, or bad, He has best interests in mind for us. How big is your God? Is He big enough to handle all your problems? There is no middle ground when it comes to believing God – either we operate in fear or faith.

Believing God’s plan is best is a decision we make, it’s a crisis of the will.

As we wait on God’s purpose and plan, it helps to turn our hearts toward God’s plan and quiet our soul with promises from His Word. Psalm 130:5-6 says, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and, in His Word, I put my hope.” Once we understand God’s stable character and realize we have power to stand firm in our authority on the finished work of Jesus Christ, we can confidently trust God and depend on His unwavering faithfulness.

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (Galatians 3:13-15). This process is called embracing our Identity in Christ. In Christ, we are accepted, we are secure, we are significant. Because the blood of Jesus Christ has cancelled the curse, we can let go of our past feelings of shame, blame, unworthiness. This is knowing the truth of what God says about me and acting accordingly.” David Wilkerson says, “Likewise today, some Christians are content to merely exist until they die. They don’t want to risk anything, to believe God, to grow or mature. They refuse to believe his Word and have become hardened in their unbelief. Now they’re living just to die.” Won’t you choose to believe God more? Yes, me too. Let’s do it together. We are better together.

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality, author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to www.HSBN.tv.

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries (www.FICM.org) and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally. Sheryl’s latest book is entitled It’ll Be Okay: Finding God When Doubt Hides the Truth.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts from Biola University, a Master’s in Ministry and a Doctorate of Theology.

Learn more about Sheryl Giesbrecht on her website, www.sherylgt.com. She also invites readers to follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter (@SGiesbrecht).

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