Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bold Faith

I remember when I started making it known that I was newly pregnant with my first child, people would come up to me and begin to share stories about horrific pregnancies.  It was like they wanted me to be aware of what "could happen" while lamely assuring me that it "probably wouldn't happen to me."  Yeah.  I still haven't fully recovered.

I've been encountering some of the same kinds of people lately while we attempt to sell our home and live out genuine faith.  And they got me sidetracked and thinking that maybe nothing will actually happen.  Maybe God is about as big as an apple.  Maybe I shouldn't be asking for things that are too big and difficult, because surely a God the size of an apple couldn't do much anyway.  And besides, I didn't want to appear too passionate and somehow offend anyone.  But then... it hit me. 

I have never judged anyone because they didn't believe what I believed.  While I have never pushed my faith or beliefs on anyone, I've also never backed down from what I believe because I believe in a God that created those apples!  Not a God that is the size of one.  And I'm going to be authentic and passionate about God on this blog and everywhere else in my life because life is short. It can end at any moment. 

I got myself all fired up (which almost never happens to me, I swear- giggle) and I woke up in the middle of the night, thinking about the biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who got themselves captured by a bunch of Babylonian hooligans, back in about 539 B.C. Then they got themselves thrown into a fiery furnace, by a crazy king that wanted them to worship his golden image. (Daniel 3) And God rescued them because of their bold faith.  Before they ever got thrown in, they told the king that "...the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.  But even if he does not, we want you to know O king that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."  They were fully resigned to God's will, even if it meant being today's BBQ special, but they still boldly stood by what they believed.  As will I.

So as I enter this phase, I've boldly asked God for some specific things in my life.  And I am going to have bold faith (Luke 11:7-13) that the God who creates apples can do more than I can even imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) God could most certainly provide a cash buyer for our home.  God could easily work all the details out so that we are settled before the start of the school year.  And even if he does not... I'm going to follow Him passionately. 

Are you believing in a God the size of an apple, or are you believing in the creator of the apple? Is there something you need to have bold faith with?  Go ahead, release your passion and be bold!

He's a big God.

...read here for more of my continuing journey...

27 comments:

  1. He is a big God...and works in each of us so amazingly differently...since we're all different kinds of apples! :) It's amazing how judgemental and synical people can be...keep listening to Him and you'll know you're on the right path.
    Julie

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  2. i love that...i need to recalibrate my mind & mythoughts each morning to grasp this...HE IS the creator.
    love your words my friend

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  3. Way to go Sasha! I love that you are fighting back with God's word and promises. He will certainly bless your faith. I have been following your blog and been very interested in your leap of faith with the house and finances, etc. I know God will be opening doors even larger than you and your hubs can imagine through this act of pure faith. Our God is SO big!
    I really needed this reminder and am in awe of a God that speaks to us in all kinds of ways. Today it was your on fire, don't take the world's answer, faith! I can't wait to see how God writes the story of this season for you!!!

    Thank you for being an awesome woman of Christ!

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  4. Well said and just the reminder I needed today.

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  5. I needed to read this BOLDNESS today! It made me think about George Muller of Bristol, England. Ever read about him? God is the one who meets our needs moment by moment.
    And YES!! HE IS INTO ANSWERING SPECIFIC REQUESTS and when he does you can have a HALLELUJAH shouting fit because only HE can answer very specific things that you have no control over. Oh to see God work in our lives. He has answered so many specific in detail prayers in my life so many times and thankfully will continue to do so.
    Thank you for sharing your bold faith today.

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  6. Great Post.....I love your positive attitude! Keep on Believing!

    “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.”
    Albert Camus

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  7. I can feel your passion and fire girl. I believe in the God who creates the apples!!! He is Jehovah Jirah...my provider. His grace is proficient for me, for me, for YOU. He will provide. He promised:)

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  8. You rock, girl. Can't wipe this smile off my face.

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  9. Even Peter started out meek~But God lit the Holy Spirit under him and he was bold even to his death.

    This house deal might be hard on you but I see it also transforming you! (Like you are clay and God is forming/molding you into what he wants.) In the process you are building all of us (your readers) up too. It's a win/win for God. :)

    Be Bold in Jesus name Sasha ♥

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  10. Amen Sasha! Amen.

    I miss you and your family. Maybe we can change that this summer.

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  11. HE is so big and good AND merciful and so much more...you are so right. i loved your message :)

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  12. Amen!
    Great reminder.
    He MADE the bloomin' apple, so what the heck are those people downing us about?!

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  13. Well said. Amen. I needed to hear that today, thank you! :-)

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  14. We serve a BIG GOD!! I'm so glad you are following Him and listening to His will for your life--no matter what anyone thinks or says! As I learned in Beth Moore's Esther study, we only have to obey. We don't have to bring "the how". Believe me, God knows HOW!

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  15. Great post! Awesome! I forget this so often and I am so so guilty of unbelief. I love your attitude here! Thanks for the reminder! :)

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  16. I really loved this:) abd so glad I read it...perfectly written;)
    thank you
    xo

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  17. This is one of the best posts you have ever written. Yes I believe in the God who created the apples and everything else. Right now I am in the fiery furnace, and the 4th man who was like the son of God (Jesus) is in that furnace with me. God is able and His arm is not to short to save.

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  18. I appreciate your boldness. Life IS short . . . our problems are temporary . . . keep having an eternal perspective. God is good and He cares about every little thing that happens to us in our daily lives. He did make the apples and He made us, too! He has a wonderful plan for you and your lovely lemons. :) Keep makin' that lemonade, my friend.

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  19. So strange that I'm reading this right now, because earlier today I wrote a post about my "God Box" and my beliefs. (And, yep, I SURE DO believe!) I really loved reading this post - it is fanTAStic!!! Keep the faith - always!

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  20. I had to stop what I was doing when I read this and listen to that Chris Rice song "Big Enough".

    I've missed you, my friend! I hope your house sells, and sells fast, and that you move here.

    Also, that might be a bit of a selfish request.

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  21. Wow. My friend Jeanne linked me to your blog because we have just done the same crazy big thing--put our house on the market to make a cross-country move. And I am with you. I will not put God in a box even though other people have tried. I know God told us to take this step, and no matter what happens, he hasn't fallen off the throne. He's still God.

    And I will praise him. That said, I believe he can sell both of our houses this weekend. It's just the kind of God he is.

    I'm asking him to show off on both of our halves. :) Do something big, Jesus.

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  22. "My Lord's gonna come in the morning. My Lord's gonna stay through the night. My Lord's gonna watch over me and everything is gonna be alright....alright!"

    This is a song that I sang in school. One verse was about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.."in the firey furnace were toooosssssssssssssed....."

    Thought I would share.

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    1. Hi Kim,,,, I learned that song in Jr High and have wanted the lyrics to teach the kids I know now.. any way of remembering all the song or letting me know how I can find it? It means alot to me. Thanks
      L Shafer

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    2. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace were tossed. Everybody thought their end was near.
      But they had faith that the lord above would come to save the day
      And I could swear I heard those children say...

      My lord’s gonna come in the morning
      My lord’s gonna stay through the night
      My lord’s gonna watch over me
      And everything’s gonna be alright, alright.

      Moses led the children of Israel down to the red sea shore, Pharaoh and his army close behind.
      Then the waters parted, let Moses through, and Pharaoh's army was drowned.
      And from that shore came Moses' thankful sound.

      My lord’s gonna come in the morning
      My lord’s gonna stay through the night
      My lord’s gonna watch over me
      And everything’s gonna be alright, alright.

      Little David flung a stone and made Goliath fall, man you should have seen his army run.
      Then the children of Isreal gave a shout and followed them away
      And everybody heard their heroes say...

      My lord’s gonna come in the morning
      My lord’s gonna stay through the night
      My lord’s gonna watch over me
      And everything’s gonna be alright, alright.

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  23. I so hear you honey... girl I know this feeling all too well!! Your passion for Him is beautiful... and encouraging to many! =)

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  24. Oh, do I ever get the "not wanting to offend anyone" thing. Or make them "uncomfortable". Yadda yadda.

    What we know is that we would be ridiculously, stupidly insane to NOT follow where He's leading. It's gonna be so big in the end, if only to us. And Him.

    I can't wait to watch Him change the world from up-close seats!!

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