Wednesday, October 18, 2017
 

Floating on Water

Dear Ladies,

Cindy and I have been writing back and forth about faith lately. She was saying that I write about faith in a simple way but maybe I feel passionate about it. Well, faith to me is very every day stuff.

When I was a young homemaker, I about wore my cookbooks out making different foods. My first Better Homes and Gardens cookbook now looks like you could put in the oven and bake it. It has pages missing and sugar and flour spilled on the pages … it’s a mess. Now I rarely follow a recipe. I cook by inspiration, or what I had left over from the last meal. I finally learned to cook.

Well, when I first got saved I did the same with my Bible. I read it until the pages fell out. My Bible went every place I went. It was a spiritual tool to me and I turned to my Bible for everything. I learned the basics of faith, as I learned the basics of cooking.

So, as the basics of cooking is a bit boring for me to write about, the basics of faith is a bit boring to me. And yet I need to write about it because as I write and get out of the simple stuff, it takes me to where I am now … the harder stuff.

I was thinking this morning before I got out of bed how faith is simple and is like floating on water. Still water can be floated on top of, and really people who drown in still waters drown themselves. They fight the water. Well, faith is like that. Just relax and float on the top.

Another way to explain faith is like this. Some folks are so worldly … they live in such spiritual darkness. When they come into the light of His word, they can’t focus their eyes. Their own worldliness shadows the word of God. God’s dark purple looks almost white to them. They can hardly see the colors of Christ. Their vision is used to darkness … they can’t discern the colored lights. These ladies are full of the word and they pray and pray … but when the answer comes, they can’t see it. Their visions are blurred. Red means GO to them and green means STOP, and they get very confused trying to follow their Leader that they can’t see … or if they can see Him, they don’t understand the signs He gives them.

The basics of faith is this. Follow the word of God. Be ready to die for the word of God. Focus on the word of God.

Now, I went to church as a Baptist for six years when I was first saved. Those Baptists — they will teach you the word of God. After you learn the handbook and have it memorized, then you start applying it to your life. It’s like … ok, here are the rules and they never change, no matter what. Now how will I apply this to my life? How do the rules affect my life? What rules am I breaking?

In the word, the bottom line is the family. Some people are not called to have a family, but in the word, they bounce off of the rules set down for the family. Or they are single so that they can minister and make strong the family. There is an order set up for the family in the word of God. Now, as you get yourself right with the Lord, ladies, and you submit to your husband in your home and you have children for Christ and raise them for Him … this is your foundation. Then Satan comes along and tries (as it is his job to do) to mess up your foundation. He causes your husband to leave you, makes your children hate God and basically burns your house down. Butyour foundation is built on the rock.

HOME ON THE ROCK

So you have your home built on the rock and Satan tries to destroy it. Well, if it is built on the rock and you are on the rock, the devil can’t have your home. The storms will come … but satan cannot have your home.

It is his job to lie to you and tell you to get a divorce because your friend got one and they loved it. But is that the word of God speaking to you? Satan says give up on your kids because, after all, God just made them fuel for hell, anyway. And maybe your family looks like they are done for. Well, faith says, “This looks pretty bad for sure … but I am going to look at God’s word. I am not going to consider these circumstances. I am going to consider the word of God. I am not going to line myself up by the opinions of my friends. I am going to line my life up with the word and what it says concerning my life. I am going to let God be God and every man a liar. I am going to call things that are not as though they were. I am going to see reality with my spiritual eyes, which is God’s word. I am going to speak the word concerning my family. Bible says, Let the weak say ‘I am strong and the poor say I am rich.’ I will be a faithful friend to Christ and not an enemy by being friends with this present world.”

We need to search our hearts. What is more important to you? Long painted fingernails and a job or a family that follows Christ? You can’t wash dishes with both hands and play the piano at the same time. Choose you this day whom you will serve. Do you want the world or are you willing to die to this world for Christ? Either be hot or be cold … lukewarm makes the Lord sick and he won’t even listen to you.

You can’t get anything from God on your terms and in your time. Forget it. This guy works alone and He has His own agenda. Take it from one who knows … He ain’t gonna change His mind to suit your fancy. I tried to get Him to change His mind to suit my fancy. Trust me, it didn’t work. After all, He is God. You may rule your husband, lady, but you don’t rule God. I used to rule. I am telling you one thing … before I met wild man Harry (Jim), I ruled a lot of people. Well, that is another story. So when I met God, I thought I could rule Him. I would cry and wail at Him and try to get Him to go along with my plan. Didn’t work!!!

The devil told me before I knew Christ that, because I was so horrid, he would give me a special place in hell. I wasn’t gonna burn with the rest of ’em. Well, I believed that. And was I wicked! Anyway, when I met Christ, I found out that “Oh, yeah. I was gonna burn like dry grass in an August drought.” I can’t tell you how happy I was to run to Christ, once I found out He was my Savior and that I didn’t have to be bad anymore. Well, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Being bad can really be a burden, especially if you are notorious and worry about your reputation. I was so glad to be have my sins washed away and to walk with the Savior.

But don’t try to change the rules, ladies. The word has been the truth for over two thousand years. You won’t change it. You may discover things in it that others haven’t seen, but you can’t change it to suit your opinion. So an important step in walking by faith is to go with the flow … with Gods word. Humble yourself before the word of God. Confess that you have tried to run things with God.

WALKING BY FAITH

Faith is a spiritual muscle that is either ready when you need it or weak. If you aren’t used to using your faith for healings, for instance, then you get an incurable disease. You aren’t all of a sudden going to be able to tap into your faith. Maybe spiritual healing was never needed in your life … you were always well and then, surprise, you contact a disease the doctors have no answer for. Well, you are going to have to reroute your thinking and start working out.

Faith comes by hearing the word of God on faith. We read the word and listen to the Holy Spirit.

Someone in the house has to have faith for you to be healed, either you or someone else. An electric fan isn’t going to just turn on by itself. It has to have the power of electricity — either electricity in your house or from an extension cord from the neighbor’s house who has their power on. Same with healing. If your power isn’t on (God’s power), then your body fan isn’t gonna work. The Bible says that without faith we can’t please the Lord. Without electricity the fan won’t go on … same thing. Without electricity we can’t please the fan.

Faith is a substance … like God. We can’t see faith. We can’t see the wind … but we can feel it when it blows against our faces. It moves our hair or blows our skirts. Faith is like this. It blows a situation from here to there. It moves things … things that God wants moved. Because it is His power and He won’t move things that He doesn’t want moved. He is an exclusive POWER that will only move through an extension cord that believes in His Son. You have to be plugged into the right connection — a 3 prong connection — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Now, sometimes you think you are plugged into the right power and yet you pray and you are desperate and things only get worse. Well, Darlin’, don’t blame the fan. Just try to see why it isn’t working. Fans work normally unless they need more oil? They may be plugged in but they won’t work because you need more holy oil … the Holy Spirit … the power of God. But things have to be hooked up just right for your fan to whirl and cool you off and refresh you.

God is not dead. If you get yourself plugged in just right, the Lord will touch you and answer your prayers.

It’s silly to say, “Well, I guess electricity isn’t for today or maybe the electricity isn’t supposed to work in my house and I am to roast all summer.” No, you aren’t called of God to roast … find out why your electricity isn’t working. Find out why your faith isn’t working. Hey, maybe you are ignorant concerning faith. Find out more about it.

Start using your faith … as you do, it will grow. Start out believing the Lord for your smallest needs to be met. After that, go for something bigger and bigger. Some of us can’t even believe the Lord for the healing of a cold. How do we expect our faith to work if we get an incurable disease?

In my life, I never wanted to learn to have faith. It was just that I got pushed out of the boat and into the sea. The first plunge on the way down to the bottom of the ocean was the scariest. But the Lord allowed me to bob to the top. I could swim a little. After a series of being rescued and being thrown over the side again and again, I finally learned how to swim ashore. Duh. It was a slow process … as learning to walk by faith always is.

 
 
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