The election season is upon us and tonight is the first of the Republican debates. Regardless of which party you identify with, if by this time next year, you have heard from all of the candidates and you remain undecided, would you cast a vote in November for our next president or would you choose to abstain? Why or why not?
A little over a month ago I asked this question here on this blog, because I knew I had been blessed to be in the presence of a miracle unfolding. Although we knew it would take time for the culmination of this miracle to unfold, the reality of the miracle was sealed in my mind that day, because ONLY God could have orchestrated the details to occur in such supernatural succession, that it would have been foolish to doubt that His plan would succeed. As the details surrounding this monumental event continued to unfold, more began to believe in the reality of this miracle. God’s hand was in this, around this, before this and in front of this. He had prepared the minds and the hearts of those He needed to move as quickly and decisively as He needed them too.
Being privy to details that only a few knew, my mind was blown at how God chose to bless the faithfulness of a couple, while rocking the worlds of those that surrounded them. I do not think that it was a coincidence that He chose to center this miracle in the presence of a core group that had the capacity to influence a multitude…He wanted us to see first hand, to be ‘eye-witnesses’ and share His story — GO, TELL — just like others did thousands of years ago when He walked on this earth, and even before and after. The God of the Bible is and has always been the God of today. He can do in your life, what He has done in countless others…we just need to believe that He can. He shows up, in the midst of our everyday Christianity to remind us that He can to exceedingly more than we could ever ask or imagine.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV
This is not just a story of a baby, just like the miracle of Jesus is not just the story of a virgin birth. God is preparing us for greater things, your experience and perhaps your participation in the things of God are limited only by the depth of your belief in what God is capable of – “according to his power that is at work within us…”
He is able, are you able to believe?
Thank you all for your responses on social media and on this blog. I enjoyed reading your thoughts! When I considered posing this question it was a result of a thought I shared with a friend the week prior.
Here’s what was impressed upon me:
—Guilt turns you inward, conviction turns you upward towards God.
When I think about guilt I think about our internal thoughts about ourselves in relation to our behavior, past actions and even sometimes the perpetual consequences of our actions. We live in seasons of guilt when we are convinced that there is no recourse for our failures.
When I think about conviction, I consider it as the point in which I know my thoughts or actions have been sinful and I consider it a good thing. It’s the point in which I become aware of a clear fork in the road where I have the blessing to choose to make a shift in the right direction, before I settle into a season of guilt where I have lost sight of this opportunity and am instead trapped inside my feelings. Guilt keeps you buried, conviction sets you free.
Responding to conviction is courageous though. It requires the convicted to acknowledge a failure —to oneself, to God and maybe to another. This step of courage is followed by a HUGE win, because we are immediately set free from the bondage the secret sin would have otherwise held over us. This is not to say that we escape the consequences of our actions, but the guilt that prevents us from moving forward is no longer in our way.
One final thought: choosing to follow where conviction leads, paves the way towards breaking the chains of patterns of destructive behavior. I would rather bear the sting of conviction, than live in a cycle of ignorance that prevents me from living the life that God intended.
Well folks, these are my thoughts! I look forward to hearing more from you during next week’s Question of the Week!
What do you think is the difference between guilt and conviction? Are they one and the same? Please share your thoughts and I will share mine by the end of the week!
We have read of miraculous things happening during “biblical times”, but do you think true miracles happen in our day and age? A miracle by definition is defined as,
It has also been described as:
Have you ever experienced a true miracle? Do you believe in miracles? I welcome your thoughts and would love to hear your stories on any miracles you have witnessed or experienced. Please share your comments below!
Please join me in welcoming today’s response to this week’s question of the week from a fellow blogger Jennifer Salazar.
Not too long ago I found myself at the crossroads of a life changing decision that without a doubt was guided by God. While gathering the courage to make this decision I realized that this was going to be a season where I needed to trust God like never before. I needed to surrender to God and have the faith to let go and let God.
The same day I made the decision to walk on faith, fear became my intolerable companion.
During this process of spiritual growth I found myself asking if it was possible for faith and fear to coexist. After thinking about it for a while I considered that the right answer was NO.
So at this point, not only did I have my intolerable companion fear, but shame (fear’s BFF) decided to join the party.
Why, when I was guided by God and decided to walk by faith, could fear still affect me so much?
I had to go deeper to understand what was going on and this is my conclusion:
Faith is the shield that God gave us to protect ourselves and to put an end to the enemy’s attacks.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 NIV
…and God didn’t give us a spirit of fear.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
Yet it was clear to me that fear was a way to test my faith and when our faith is tested our perseverance is made stronger.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:3 NLT
So there is no room for shame. All this is a process where God is teaching me to be more like Jesus. Now I know that the minute faith kicks in fear leaves the room. I have become certain that faith is a real power —that faith in God is the cure for all my fears.
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:7
So the next time you are facing fear, remember that you are human and it is normal, lean on God’s power and understand that you too are working out your faith.
Wow!! Thank you so much Jenny for the question this week and your response!! One thing I learned through the process of contemplating this question is that faith is not hope. Although hope is great, it comes with hesitation. Faith is belief and I cannot believe and have fear (doubt) at the same time. Thank you all who shared your thoughts and experiences – I look forward to connecting with you all later this week! 😉 Joycy
Today’s Question of the week comes from a fellow blogger – weigh in your thoughts and by the week’s end, I will share mine. This should be interesting!! GO!