Friday, October 14, 2011

Day 12: Believing God and the Proof You Want

The last two days have been hard for me. My feelings have wanted to carry me down paths of the past. Down roads of chronic illness, of hopelessness concerning my health, of pain- yet I have this hope in Jesus that has held me up. Sometimes, our feelings make it hard to believe. Do you think it's ironic that when I talked about believing in God's supernatural healing a few days ago, that I had two of the worst days in regards to my health?  No. I do not believe that is a coincidence. I believe that the Enemy who has spent years stringing together a web of destructive thinking in our minds knows our weaknesses. He also wants the gospel we cling to to look foolish to those who don't believe in Christ. He also has a plan for our lives; it is a plan of destruction and death. He wants the name of God to be drenched in weakness instead of power. The Bible says that he goes before God and accuses us day and night.

{And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of Our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night}. 
Revelation 12:10 

He may know where I am weak, but through Christ I am strong. I can stand on God's promises no matter how I feel and it's not just ritual. It's power. Some people want proof, but no matter what facts you give them, only God brings revelation. I was going to move into the subject of marriage today, but felt that God wanted me to show you what He showed me this morning.

{And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong}. 
2 Corinthians 12:9 & 10

The proof we so desperately want, that God can take care of our needs, our loved ones, our health, our relationships, and our provision has already been provided. He sent Jesus to die for us and he did not remain in the grave. Can a dead man raise himself up? I sure can't. You can't. But, God can. And that is the foundational proof we must stand on no matter what we see or feel today.

{Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead"}. 
Acts 17:30 & 31