A couple of weeks ago I was struck by my unbelief. And by struck, I mean, convicted by the Holy Spirit. You see, I believe God can do stuff. I believe He can heal. I believe He can save. I believe He can change lives. Where I stumble is I struggle to believe He will. Ouch.
I have been praying for a friend for many years now. Her life has changed somewhat, but she is still no closer to knowing Jesus and living with freedom. I believe God can save her, but as I was praying for her a couple of weeks ago, I found myself confessing to him that I didn't believe that he will actually save her.
My solution to growing and changing this unbelief in my heart is scripture and prayer. I've picked out some passages to memorize about faith and I will be reading through Praying God's Word. I'm also asking God to help my unbelief and to increase my faith. Funny thing is I know He will. I'm all whacky and confused.
This is what I'm memorizing now:
In Him and through faith in Him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drouth and never fails to bear fruit.
Also, as per last year about this time, memorizers are falling off right and left. Jump back on, friends! If you know someone who has fallen off, reach out and help them back up! That's what we do. We help each other. We encourage each other. We hold each other accountable. You are disciplined to take showers even when you feel lazy and don't want to. You may skip a couple of days, but eventually you start to stink so you force yourself to bathe. Don't get spiritually stinky, friends. Be in His Word. Even in your weariness, stick with it. The benefits of a heart like Jesus' far outweigh the cost of self-discipline. Do it.
What are you memorizing?