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Topic: FAITH (strong, confident belief in God) (02/26/15)
- TITLE: A Spiritual Mindset
By Chris Goglin
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One of my favorite childhood songs is “This little light of mine.” We need to let our light shine from our physical body and not hide it under a bushel. Negativity, fear, pain, or depression can smother the power of God within us. I realized this when God’s presence seemed vague and unsympathetic after a difficult surgery. I remembered the verse from Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV) God was carrying me when I was too weak to know his presence. I am so thankful for a spirit-filled mind to comfort me in overwhelming situations.
If we believe with our minds, hearts, and bodies that God is there to guide us, we will put our thoughts into action. We will reach for our bibles to memorize scripture, attend church, and begin to grasp the awesome power of God, thus stimulating our faith. Of course, we will never be able to comprehend our intelligent Creator completely, but what He allows us to know is precious beyond words. Proverbs 16:9 urges us to trust His plan for us... “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (ESV). We need to have the confidence in ourselves to take that first step.
Another physical and spiritual way to grow our faith is to ask God through prayer. Although, we do not need to bow, lay prostrate on the ground, or close our eyes, we need to have the awareness of an inner posture in honoring a sovereign, loving God. When that communication begins, wonderful things can happen.
The treacherous undertow of a North Carolina ocean trapped my son and new daughter-in-law during a honeymoon swim. Struggling to survive, they felt someone pulling them toward the shore. All they remember is seeing a husky man leaning over them, and after a few moments, he disappeared. They searched for him everywhere on the beach to thank him, but to no avail. The newlyweds truly believed it was God’s angel protecting them, as they knew others were praying. This experience encouraged my son to devote his life to missionary work.
If we remain dormant in our thinking and physical actions, how can we realize the power of God’s Word in our lives? All things work together for good (Romans 8:28). When we stimulate our minds, spirits, and physical bodies into action, our faith becomes worthy of God’s approval.
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