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Let me preface this with that in my personal life and walk, God has always been challenging me to the ‘next level’ in my faith, and expectations of Him.
I believe we are all born with a ‘a measure of faith’. That is, we inherently know that when we sit on a chair, we won’t fall out of it, or it ‘won’t give out’. Or, that when we stand up, we will not float around in space, and more.
I remember one time as I was driving about, years ago the Holy Spirit impressed on me, that He wanted me to be like my grandson Noah. At the time Noah was a toddler. He went on to further impress on me, that Noah just ‘knew’ that he would be fed, his diaper changed, and more. His job was to just be ‘Noah’ and ‘playing was his ‘job’ description. He went about his day, ‘care free’, for the most part. He also knew he was ‘LOVED’. Worry and fear were NOT his portion. For the most part, he did not have to ask for his basic needs to happen. He also learned that when he ‘cried’, calling out in his language, at that time, it would be met with an appropriate response from his parents, or others caring for him.
Hmm, I thought, as an adult, how do I get to that? You see when I was spit out on this earth, I believe I had the same ability, however during the course of my early life, people in my sphere of influence, began to ‘write all over me’. What they 'wrote all over me', later determined who I would later become, good or bad,and and more. Fears entered my life, and words spoken over me, tainted my 'Child Like measure of faith'. My life, which was a 'blank slate' at birth had become tainted with the cares of the world, and more. I had no clue what my identity in Christ was. My measure of faith, and innocent identity had been tainted, from God’s original purpose, and design. What a project He had with me!!!
Then I came to ‘Saving faith’ where I asked the LORD to forgive my sins and make Him, Lord of my life. God moves in ot start ' shaping, and we conforming us, and healing us. Make note please, He needs our cooperation for this to be successful. We need to embrace the process, and believe He can do this.
Next, I began to be exposed to GOD sized faith. Let me comment here, that I have not totally arrived. But as I look back over my life, and the literal miracles He did for me, I can see I began to expect and more and more, of where He actually wanted me to arrive to. I think I have yet to see all HE wants to do. But I can see now….The 'puzzle ' pieces of my life have taken form, and who I am in Him , has been established. I also realize who He is as my Abba, and all that comes with that.
This real-life story is only part and parcel of what He has done for me, but nonetheless, you will get the picture. We move from Glory to Glory, and as we also get elevated in our level of faith, we also can move towards greater expectations of what GOD can do for us, and what we deserve. We will also see how He is a detail-oriented GOD, and wants us all to be about His business, worry free. We will also know that HE has EVERY single need we have, foremost in His mind, at ALL times.
There was a time in my life I was living alone, and working part time as an RN. I was beginning to feel unwell, I thought perhaps a cold. But in the healing process I was not progressing, so I went to my primary physician. He assured me it was a ‘cold ‘and would get better. It did not. I went back to him again and again; he shooed me away. Now, I am not only not getting better, I am weaker every day. As I said I lived alone, no family locally. Not only that, no one but God knew my plight.
One Saturday am, I was standing at my kitchen sink and a very sharp pain attacked my right shoulder. It persisted and I took a pain reliever, which did NOT work. I decided to call the after-hours number for my Dr., and prayed he WOULD NOT be on call. He was not. I explained to the Dr. on call the whole scenario, and he said I should go to the local Medical Center ER and have a chest X-Ray, and he would call ahead. I promptly did.
Well, the long and the short of it is, the right shoulder pain disappeared, but the X-Ray showed I had Pneumonia in my LEFT lung. So, God was orchestrating circumstances and actually increased discomfort for me, to prompt me to persist in getting medical attention. Antibiotics were ordered, and we were now on the right track to healing.
Well, after dealing with this for almost 3 weeks, I was very very weak,as I said. I just laid on the couch, and did not even feel like eating, never mind cook for myself. But I can remember just THINKING, some homemade Turkey soup would hit the spot.
So, do think I felt like making it? No. Nor did I have the ingredients to make it. Remember no one but the Dr knew of my struggles. Also, I was just thinking how it would ‘hit the spot’ and had not even uttered a word out loud to God.
Shortly thereafter there as a knock on my door, and my across the street neighbors’ husband, Stan was standing there with a huge pot of homemade TURKEY SOUP, and a bag of Florida, Citrus. I was speechless!
THIS REALLY HAPPENED. I have plenty more stories.
SO, at this point and with many other stories and GOD experiences, my track record with HIM is SOLID! I am on my way to that GOD sized faith, along with the child like faith similar to my grandson Noah.
This is your portion as well! He is not a respecter of persons, He is such a good good Father. I did not even have to ask, I just ‘thought’. WOW!
Many folks can believe for other people but not for themselves! That is a lie from the pit!
I think it is important we know HE meets us at our point of FAITH!’ So, EXPECT, BELIEVE and KNOW that GOD SIZED FAITH, (GOD’S FAITH ON THE MATTER”, is where HE wants us. It is our inheritance as children of the KING!
Especially in these times, we need to have his imprinted on us, as we are about HIS business, it is HIS business to keep us.
Psalms 23: 5,6 ESV
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Isaiah 65: 24 ESV
“Before they call, I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hear”
Matthew 7:7–11 ESV
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!’
Romans 8:15 ESV
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
NB” I am just a ‘ jo’. Nothing special about me other than I belong to the best DAD ever! So do you!