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Topic: Confident (07/05/07)
TITLE: By the Tree
By Honey Stone
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Several days I have made tracks down to the lake or river with my portable chair. There in the partial-shade of a tree I take out my stack of scripture cards. For an hour, I spend the time meditating on those cards as well as praying the scripture and letting the scripture inspire my prayers. Sometimes God speaks to me. Today, I finally learned to quiet my soul before the day begins. (Mark 6:31) Other days I have gotten direction.
As I was considering my first attempt at the writer's challenge and wondering what I could write regarding the word "Confident", one card blew away and landed floating on top of the waves of water. It said: Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. I am using the King James version here, but my scripture card had the word "confidence" on it. In this instance, I felt it was a prophetic word to me. The kind I need to keep before me.
How do I keep that scripture before me. I've tried practicing the presence on and off - just trying to keep God himself in my thoughts. I've had some successful days followed by some pathetic days. But this is slightly different. This is keeping his word in front of me my ears - His voice that is. Speaking it out loud (Romans 10:17). Is it possible if I keep this word before me as a promise? Deuteronomy 30:14 answers that by saying: But the word [is] very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Even scripture says that it is possible. But do I believe it? In other words do I live as though I do.
Deuteronomy 30:19 says: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. It is a choice. I'd like to think that somehow it sprouts up without me partaking in a decision. Meditating on scripture helps to get it in there. I have to choose to meditate. I have to then choose if I'm going to believe what I meditate on.
The other day I was walking to my mailbox wondering what to have for lunch and heard a scripture I have memorized for nearly a year come to my mind: But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6). So I prayed: "God help my faith. I believe you. I am diligently seeking you." The next thing I see near and above my mailbox is a coupon for a free meal at my favorite restaurant. There was my reward. It may seem small, and to an atheist it may seem like a coincidence, but it is my reward.
One sure way to know if you have faith, is if you see the rewards to your seeking. Sometimes this can be in the form of healing of a bondage or a disease. After awhile you can see the fruit. This was a time in which there was interaction with His word. It entered my mind and I responded. If I can believe in that word, I can believe in another. After awhile faith grows and along with faith the ability to be confident in God and His word.
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