Cast Up A Highway



Building Dynamic Faith

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 7:15 AM

My friends, I was just talking to a dear young 13 year old about his faith, and I was remarkably impressed. I know he has not had a lot of formal training, so it surprised me somewhat. Actually it delighted me as he is dear to my heart.

It got me to thinking about faith in general and my own faith. I’ve recognized that some days my faith is strong as steel, and other days I’m tempted to slip a little from standing strong. Circumstances can do that; so can distractions. I wondered why until I saw a statement made by Mark Hankins a long time ago: “The most important thing we should be doing on a daily basis is introducing ourselves to our new selves” because we as humans are very forgetful. We have a very short shelf life for things.

That remark reminded me of a Scripture that I never fully understood until now. It says:

James 1:23-24 (NIV)

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says

is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror

24 and, after looking at himself,

goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 

We forget Our faith of yesterday or our strength of faith of several days ago. Like Mark Hankins says ‘we have a short shelf life for things.’ That seems like an excellent grip on the Scripture and understanding as to why sometimes I am feeling staunch faith and other times I am flailing a little.

Now this year I have set my goal to fill that lack. With God all things are possible and with His help any time I am lacking strength in my faith stand about something, I go back to Scripture and find the words that enforce my faith. This keeps me from trying to ‘fake it’, which is the worst thing I can do.

Thus I am seeing improvement in my spiritual growth, and I’m getting more assertive in my prayer times, trusting God more determinedly and ‘knowing’ that He is answering my prayer. As a pray-er we are partnering with God to carryout His will. God is the One who leads in prayer, it is my role is to listen and hear His heart in the situation. He will urge me to pray in His timing. In following this guide, I've discovered that my prayers are more powerful, because I am praying His will in His time.

Faith is an attitude. It’s more than a catch phrase. It’s more than an acknowledgement. It is an attitude that is born out of the heart of God by the Word of God

You know guys, we have so much to learn, but God takes us step by step where He wants us to be. So I just want to encourage you to daily read and listen to the voice of His Word. Know that He is speaking. Be hungry, be desperate, be aggressive, let there be a fire on the altar of your soul for the Word of God.

GPAN gave a great illustration in a little story:

I was just reminded of this little word picture of a bulldog that finds a new juicy, savory, aromatic, marrow-ladened bone. A little bulldog named Lucy, let’s say. And when she finds that bone in this word picture, she clamps her jowls around that bone and carries it off somewhere safe and quiet where all of her devotion and affection and desire is focused on that bone and nobody’s going to get that bone away from her even if their life depended on it. Because every ounce of her being is wrapped around that bone. I thought that is really a great picture of how we need to be about not only our relationship with God but particular our faith.

This deep devotion to God’s Word, and the love for God that comes with it, will build a staunch bond in our relationship with Christ, so nothing can separate us or cause us to go astray. Our faith will be tenacious and formidable!

Categories: God's Love , God's Hunger for Us , God's Word

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.