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Snowflake Faith

Looking out the window at the occasional  snowflake making its way haphazardly to the ground, my son pooh-poohed the morning’s forecast for snow accumulation. 

But, by afternoon, the weatherman was proved right.  Our lawn and surrounding woods were blanketed in white, and the air was filled with beautiful snowflakes, whirling about and smacking against our window panes.

I can understand my son doubting the power of the flake, though. It’s such a tiny little thing.  But, what are avalanches made of, after all?  Tiny little snowflakes.

Sometime, my prayers seem awfully small, too, compared to the avalanche-sized problem I’m praying about, and my doubts forecast dismal results, but, I’m reminded of another little thing that grows into something big.  Jesus mentioned it centuries ago to his disciples….the mustard seed. 

 

 It’s such a tiny little thing:

 

 

But look how big it grows:

 

 “He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” ~~ Matthew 13:31-32

That’s the kind of faith I want to have — snowflake faith, mustard seed faith.  I want to believe that my little prayers can have HUGE results! 

 

The Snowflake Prayer: “Oh, Father in heaven, You are and You are a rewarder of those who earnestly seek You.  (Hebrews 11:6)  I want to believe that my snowflake prayers  can produce avalanches in the spiritual realm!  So, I cry out like that father in the Bible who wanted you to heal his son, “I DO believe!  Help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)  In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Do you have faith in the One who created the snowflake?  Click on the pic below to begin a relationship with Him that can quickly snowball into an AWESOME life:

 

Dynamite! Psalm 18

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” Acts 1:8  

Beth Moore, author, Bible teacher, and rock star in Christian women circles, has said that praying scripture is like strapping two sticks of dynamite together.  Kaboom!!   

 It causes an explosion in the spiritual realms and an explosion of faith for the Christian.  Why???  

Because Scripture is powerful —  “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12  

And so is prayer —“The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective.”  James 5:16b HNV  

Psalm 18 is one of my favorite psalms.  It shows God’s mighty power to save us out of deep despair. 

King David wrote Psalm 18 after God miraculously saved him from an enemy that had trapped and completely overwhelmed him — King Saul.   

  

  

Most of us don’t have King Sauls trying to kill us , but we have doubts,  

fears and  

anxieties breathing down our necks,   

threatening to destroy our faith — sometimes on a daily basis.  It can be a little overwhelming, and scare us into hiding, like David.   

This picture shows Engedi, in Israel, where David his from his enemy…  Where David hid from King SaulDo you find yourself hiding from yours?   

Well, get up and blast the enemy of your soul with these two sticks of dynamite — Prayer and Scripture…  

Helm's Deep

Read Psalm 18 out loud to the Lord — note:  I inserted You’s for He’s, etc   

  ” I love you, O Lord, my strength.  [You] are my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. [You] are my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to [You] Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.  The cords of [fear] entangled me; the torrents of [worry] overwhelmed me.  The cords of the grave  coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.  In my distress I called to [You]; I cried to my God for help…[You] heard my voice; my cry [came] before [You], into [Your] ears.  The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because [You] were angry.  Smoke rose from [Your] nostrils; consuming fire came from [Your] mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.  [You] parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under [Your] feet.  [You] mounted the cherubim and flew; [You] soared on the wings of the wind.    

[You] made darkness [Your] covering, [Your] canopy around [You]– the dark rain clouds of the sky.  Out of the brightness of [Your] presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.    

The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.  [You] shot [Your] arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them.  [You] reached down from on high and took hold of me; [You] drew me out of deep waters.  [You] rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.  [You] brought me out into a spacious place; [You] rescued me because [You] delighted in me.  Psalm 18  

You brought me out into a spacious place.  You rescued me because You delighted in me.
You brought me out into a spacious place. You rescued me because You delighted in me.

Thank you, Father, for loving me and saving me.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”  

Here’s some great verses to pray for yourself and others:  

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  Ephesians 1:18-19  

And speaking of Beth Moore…  click on Book Recommendations on the right for more details about this awesome book of hers.    

Virus Scan II

Amazon Jungle Sunrise

Sunrise on the Amazon

Yesterday I introduced you to my missionary friend from Brazil, Joanne Reutter.  I asked her for something to put on Gloriadelia in Portuguese, something Christians say to each other in the Amazon.  “Fique fiel”, she said.  (Feekee fee-ELL)  It means, “Remain faithful”.  

How do we remain faithful?  We must dispel our doubts. Doubts to a Christian are as viruses to a computer, they can crash our faith.  How do we dispel our doubts?  We must remain in Scripture.  And add to that —  prayer! 

Here’s one of my favorite Bible teachers, Beth Moore.  That’s not the most flattering picture of her, I know, but it shows how passionate she is about the Bible.  And see how she’s holding her hands, like  brandishing guns, picking off the bad guys in two different directions?  I’m sure, in spite of her petite stature, that that’s her true identity in the spiritual realm — a double shootin’ gun slinger, picking off the enemy right and left with the truth of God’s Word! This is where she’d say, “Halelujah!”, if she were writing this.  Here’s a better picture:And here’s something  she said about prayer: (read with a sweet Texas drawl) “Some people say, ‘I don’t know how to pray.’  Do you know how to bawl and complain? — Do it!  Pour out your heart, because He cares for you!”  

“…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7  

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”  Romans 8:26

Are you feeling weak, caught in a storm of doubt?  Listen:

  Thunder may crash, and rain beat down, but the lightning flashes reveal His presence, and you know you are not alone.  “Though my heart is torn, I will praise you in the storm…”

 Fique Fiel!!

Virus Scan!

My computer interrupted my google search a bit ago and warned me to run a scan.  I had a virus threat.  So, I ran the scan and 21 threats were “isolated and eliminated”. 

As I viewed the list of viruses, it occured to me to me that doubts are viruses to our faith that can crash our trust in God, and I wondered what threats to my faith I might be harboring unawares.   So I ran a scan. 🙂 Here’s a doubt I isolated:

I’ve been doubting that God is really good.   Why?  It started when I did an image search for the prayers for Iraq  post the other day. Images of sobbing mothers, dying children and other horrors filled the screen.  “Why?”, I asked.  Why all the pain and suffering in the world.  Not just in Iraq, but here in America, amongst my own friends and family; so many people dying in the prime of life, or really nice people suffering or dying of cancer.  Why?!!! 

I shared my doubt wth a friend over coffee the next morning, Joanne Reutter.

Joanne and Ken in happy times

Joanne and Ken in happy times

  She, and her husband, Ken, are missionaries in Brazil.  They’ve seen all kinds of suffering amongst the people there and in their own family over the years, including Joanne’s own bout with breast cancer. 

 She leaned toward me across the table and said, “Gloris, God really uses our pain…and growth occurs. It makes us trust more.  Alot of times we grow faster through the pain.”.  She should know…  Reminded me of a C.S. Lewis quote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures…but shouts in our pain:  It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” 

Scripture, like virus scan software,  isolates and dispels threats to our faith. After the the tragic google search for pictures of Iraqi people, I searched the Bible for comfort and this is what I found:

“But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand.  The victim commits himself to you…You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; You encourage them and you listen to their cry.”  Psalm 10:12-14

The Doubter’s Prayer:  “Oh, Lord, my God, Thou art very great. (Psalm 104)  Nothing compares to the power You have for those who believe. (Ephesians 1:19) I do believe in You, Father; that you are good.  Help me with my unbelief. (Mark 9:24)  In Jesus’ name, amen.”

“Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.  When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your love, O Lord, supported me.” Psalm 94:17-18