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December 2013 Faith for Today

From My Life’s Journey                                                     December, 2013  

Topic:  Faith for Today

Blessings and peace to you this day!  In the transition between 2013 and 2014, I encourage you – as I am doing – to spend time with God, thanking Him for your 2013 journey and committing yourself to walk wisely and humbly with Him in 2014.  This month, I am sharing a topic that has been of great personal comfort to me. 

The topic of my letter is Faith for Today!  When we realize that the script for our lives has already been written, we can operate from a place of rest and cooperation with God versus fear of “how will my life turn out?”  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God already knows the plans He has for our lives.  Those plans are to prosper us and not to harm us.  He wants to give us an expected end – one of hope and a glorious future.

Despite knowing that my future is sealed (Eph. 1:13), I was driving in my car one day, thinking about finances and my future.  Concern began to creep in.  Suddenly, I discerned the voice of the Lord speaking to me: “Iris, has there ever been any given day that you have not had what you needed?”  I stopped and pondered.  The answer to the question was “no.”  Each day of my life, God has ensured that I have had what I’ve needed in order to live for Him.  Although I’ve been a worrier in my past, I am truly convinced today that there is no need to worry or fret for my life. 

When I place my expectation in God, my needs are met on a daily basis.  This is confirmed in the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:11 and Luke 11: 3: “Give us day by day (or this day) our daily bread.”  Our daily bread represents the provisions we need for the day.  At the end of Matthew 6, Jesus tells us not to fret about the future; His desire is that we live in the present … that we live in the day … for it is in that day that provisions are made available.  Do not overlook today’s provisions worrying about tomorrow’s!  Keep your focus on God and His present strength, not on the fears of the future.  

Am I saying that God does not want us to plan ahead or think ahead?  Of course not, but don’t let planning ahead or thinking ahead cause you to worry.  As you plan, tell God that you trust Him for what you will need when the day comes.  Be sure to obey because He may give you directions or instructions that are your responsibility. 

As you enter into 2014, do not be fretful!  In the Bible, God tells us to “fear not” 170 times.  Why do we need to be told not to fear continually when God says He gives daily provision?  It is because sometimes our minds take on a life of their own.  At those times, we must diligently pull down thoughts that try to exalt themselves against (override) the knowledge of God (2 Cor. 10:5) and His faithfulness to us.  Also, I notice in the Word that Heb. 11:1 says, “NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  The People’s New Testament commentary says that this concept of faith being “in the NOW” means that Christians can have a “firm persuasion and expectation that God will perform all that he has promised to us in Christ; and this persuasion is so strong that it gives the soul a kind of possession and present fruition of those things.”  This means that we can know today that our needs will be supplied each day of our lives.  The Living Bible says we can have certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.  This knowledge e should fill us with joy, peace, and rest. 

I recently read an article by Dr. Mark Myers in Christian Counseling Today on the topic of mindfulness.  He conveys that our well-being can be improved by being mindful or focusing our attention on a present moment experience in a non-judgmental way.  What he is saying is that we do well for ourselves by staying in the present and dealing with current situations in peace and rest – in other words, trusting God.  It’s amazing when research confirms what the Word of God says.

So rest!  God will not leave you hanging.

This hope and confidence we have in Christ is an anchor for our souls (Heb. 6:19).  As the world becomes unhinged, God’s intent is that you remain steadfast and sure of His provision for your life.  The script has already been written (Jer. 29:11).  Enter 2014 with this understanding and hold fast.  My soul – and I pray yours as well – will be anchored in the Lord! 

Happy New Year!

Ever onward, ever forward~

Iris K. Barrett, Ed.D.