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Walk Out Your Faith

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Walk Out Your Faith

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Several years ago, I met one of my best friends. We were at a gathering for my husband’s employer, and we instantly connected. Everything about her was friendship material except for her faith, which was a big question mark. When we hung out, we could discuss any topic except for religion; she avoided the subject like the plague, and I let her. I really had no idea if she even believed there was a God, and I also didn’t ask.

A year passed by, and we were very close, but If I had a prayer request, I would send it to my other friends who were believers instead of her. If God showed up in my life, I would tell everyone about His glory and instead give her the watered worldly version. I never talked much about church or my calling in ministry because this part of my world was set aside in her presence.

But one Sunday morning changed everything. Our sermon at church was about Peter and his denial of Jesus. Our pastor spoke about how in the presence of certain people, Peter denied his connection to Jesus because of his fear of what they would think or do to him. In one chapter, he went from defending his Savior passionately to denying he even knew Him.

Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest’s courtyard with Jesus. Peter had to stay outside the gate. Then the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in. The woman asked Peter, “You’re not one of that man’s disciples, are you?”

“No,” he said, “I am not.”

Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself (John 18:15-18).

Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked him again, “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.”

But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?” Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed (John 18:25-26).

The Holy Spirit gently convicted my heart that I was living like Peter. I was scared that if I was truly myself and she saw my faith in action, I would no longer be welcome in our friendship. So that morning, I settled in my heart that there were no longer two versions of myself but just one authentic version that was walking out my faith in every situation amongst every person.

The next day, I sent her my first prayer request, and I received a kind message back saying that she loved me and would be thinking of me.

Relief flooded my heart as I knew that I was walking out the Great Commission with this step of obedience. I continued to share prayer requests through the years, and her responses changed from “thinking of you” to “praying for you.” She slowly would share her view of God and occasionally share a verse that she found with me.

After years of inviting her to a women’s event at church, she finally attended in March. During the event, I looked over, and she had tears running down her face during worship; at that moment, Jesus reminded me that when we step out in faith and stand firm in who we are in Him, the Kingdom will grow. And that is the only thing that matters; it’s our calling and mission to carry His goodness and love to the people right outside our front door. They are the nation, and we are the carriers of the Good News.

Sinking

By: Rebecca Jordan Heys, author, today devotion

  PSALM 69:1-3, 13-15

Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink into the miry depths. . . .

—  Psalm 69:1

Imagine being a sailor or part of a fishing crew at the time the biblical psalms were written. The waters are important for your livelihood, but they can also threaten you. The waters of a river, lake, or sea can turn dangerous and chaotic. Stormy waves can be scary, and heavy rains can bring dangerous, destructive flooding.

Psalm 69 uses this imagery to describe troubles and hardship that threaten to turn God’s beauty and order in our lives into chaos. Our own sin and the sins of others can disrupt our lives so much that it can feel like we are drowning.

Some of us know from experience what it’s like to deal with flooding or with a storm at sea. And all of us have seen destructive threats to our own lives and in the world around us through broken relationships, addiction, violence, division, and disease.

When we are threatened by such chaos, we can cry to God for help. The writer of Psalm 69 prays, “In your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.” God’s salvation is sure indeed, even when we feel afraid. The threatening ­waters of sin and brokenness will not overwhelm us in the end, because God promises to keep us safe.

Rescuing God, sometimes things in this world and in my own heart threaten to overwhelm me like a flood. Save me, Lord, by your great power and love. Amen.

Streams in the Desert – June 9

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Trust in the Lord and do what is right! Settle in the land and maintain your integrity! (Ps 37:3)

I once met a poor colored woman, who earned a precarious living by hard daily labor; but who was a joyous triumphant Christian. “Ah, Nancy,” said a gloomy Christian lady to her one day, “it is well enough to be happy now; but I should think the thoughts of your future would sober you.

“Only suppose, for instance, you should have a spell of sickness, and be unable to work; or suppose your present employers should move away, and no one else should give you anything to do; or suppose—”

“Stop!” cried Nancy, “I never supposes. De Lord is my Shepherd, and I knows I shall not want. And, Honey,” she added, to her gloomy friend, “it’s all dem supposes as is makin’ you so mis’able. You’d better give dem all up, and just trust de Lord.”

There is one text that will take all the “supposes” out of a believer’s life, if it be received and acted on in childlike faith; it is Hebrews 13:5, 6: “Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
—H. W. S.

Our Thought Life

True change starts with the Holy Spirit transforming our heart and thoughts.

June 9, 2022

1 Corinthians 2:11-16

God calls His children to live holy lives. Yet in our attempts to obey this command, we often commit to change our behavior, only to fail a few days later. The problem is that we’re starting at the wrong place.

Ungodly actions flow from sinful thoughts and attitudes, like selfishness, greed, jealousy, anger, resentment, and unforgiveness. These can be changed only as our mind is renewed by the Holy Spirit. As we spend time each day in Scripture, the Spirit transforms our mind and strengthens our inner being. But when we neglect God’s Word, we leave ourselves open to the influence of the world and our “flesh,” both of which oppose godliness. Then, if we try to change our behavior without adjusting our thinking, we’ll find ourselves doing precisely what we want to avoid (Romans 7:15).

Holiness, on the other hand, encompasses our entire being, which is why Jesus said we should love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength (Mark 12:30). It’s a lifelong process that requires learning God’s thoughts and adopting them as our own. Then, as the Spirit develops within us the mind of Christ, our actions will become increasingly holy.