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When all you have is your faith
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A friend of mine was talking with me about card playing. He told me that he judges the strength of other card players’ hands by their body language.”Their eyes are no indicator, but their body language will tell the story every time. If you look at them close enough, you will spot certain tendencies. It is how I am as successful a card player as I am. I study tendencies.”
What as in your hand?
For some, their hand is solid. It is full of dollar signs and decimal points. It is full of bonuses and stock options. Their confidence; their strength, is in their monthly bank statement. They are proud to the point of arrogance; and beyond the pitfalls that would sink “lesser men.”
Others cling tightly to cards of “promise.” They are sure that they will be what they want to be. Their pedigree is solid; their future position; certain. They stand with an authority that is beyond their years. They are, without a doubt, holding all the cards.
What happens when those things aren’t in abundance? What happens when the stock market changes the value of the cards? What happens when your house of cards come tumbling down?
There is a certain intoxication of materialism that engulfs the hearts of men and women. When the investment is in the stuff, the hand you hold is full the potential to be disturbed, upset, and insufficient for the principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places that you may be facing, even right now.
The swagger quickly fades, and you are left with nothing more than a distant belief of what was once a pretty good hand.
What happens when all you have in your hand is your faith? All you have is your faith that God has placed within you the ability to withstand and be victorious. Even though your adversaries seem like they have a better hand, you must stand boldly with your cards.
Your mustard seed of faith is enough. It gives you the ability to move mountains; to challenge conventional wisdom; to succeed when and where others have failed. Your faith, you must believe, is enough to give you the strength needed to persevere, even as the storm clouds roll in; settle over you; release clouds of rain and despair. The clouds will eventually pass.
You will see.
If all you have is your faith, you have a hand that can beat any other hand. You know this, because you have had this hand before; and been victorious with it. You know this because friend after friend has shared testimony after testimony of faith being more than enough for them and their situation
If all you have left is your faith; then you have the best hand. You may struggle for a moment to believe that what you have is enough, but that’s okay.
If all you have is your faith, place your cards proudly on the table, and know that victory, for you and over your situation, is certain.
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24 Apr 2011
An excellent article. Thank you a lot. Let us share the peace and joy of Our Lord. Happy Easter, Steve.
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