O,MG is Amazing. His love never stops chasing me. I just had one of those mornings during my bible study & workout where something clicked.
I’ve been doing the #armorofgodstudy by Priscilla Shirer the past few weeks & today’s day leaped off the page & into my heart. I’m blown away (in tears as I was running on the treadmill as it sunk in) & in a state of being overwhelmed with gratitude & what took me so long?
The study today was on the shield of faith. There’s more below, but in sum -Priscilla explains that action is the true indicator of faith. And the size of my faith doesn’t matter – my perception of what my faith is in matters. When I sit in a chair, I trust it. The size of my trust doesn’t affect the state of the chair. God is always the SAME. What changes is my perception of Him. To increase faith, we just need to understand Him more.
For so long, I’ve put my faith in fitness to bring me happiness. And yes, I think being fit can result in confidence & happiness. But not the kind that is most important- the kind that’s at the base of my search. If you had asked me what brings that kind of joy, I would have said Jesus… but what I put my time/money/best effort into did not reflect that. And I have been frustrated by it. In a couple ways — I knew my actions & words didn’t line up, and even when I was “fit”, I was still seeking happiness.
This past year, I committed to doing my bible study before I worked out (my mornings are the time where I have my best energy). My alarm goes off early & I have to get to bed sooner than I’d like. But this time has become a treasured time of day. My days feel completely off without it. My intent was to spend time with God to improve my faith, find purpose, & put my “money where my mouth was” so to speak. And today it clicked & I feel light as a bird. I felt like I was flying as I was close to crying my entire run.
These times with God are the steps we make to get to know Him. The small step of faith to prioritize Him is all I need. It’s not anything in my power that’s going to make the chairs I sit in more sturdy. But knowing it’s sturdy, I can confidently sit in it– and I’m not going to change the power God has … but in knowing & understanding Him, I can sit in Him & trust His word. I can Obey His Word when it’s contrary to what I’ve done in the past or what the rest of the world says because I can Trust that His Word never fails & all who trust in Him will succeed & prosper.
Sometimes it’s scary to step out in faith, but the more we understand how sturdy the step is, the easier it is. And He is the eternal Rock.
I listened to the same song my entire run “Never stop” by Urban Rescue. This was a song a Michigan softball teammate texted to me a couple nights ago. She sent it saying “you might already know this song, but I wanted to send it anyways”. And that small thing made a significant impact on me today. And I’m sure will inspire me to do something seemingly insignificant in the future from feeling the impact of that tiny gesture.
“Your love is chasing after me… my heart may wander but your love Will never stop chasing after me…
I see my chains unraveling.. I feel my heart run wild & free … there’s no place I’d rather be
Your love will never stop chasing after me”
And I don’t have all my stuff together. I’m not perfect & I might still fail. But , like fitness, I believe that being consistent in my sessions each day will trump daily lapses & the small steps of faith to seek & understand God will result in long-term results.
I still believe that it’s important to be fit & healthy, but I pray that my fitness passion& goals are something that are a result my faith in God & a tool available for Him to use.
These are the notes from my study on @RebekahKFaith this morning:
Faith does not focus on the quality or quantity of our belief, but on how trustworthy/true/loyal/faithful the object of belief is. The stronger I discover something to be, the more willing I am to put faith in it. (Like a chair I sit in). If you are struggling to move forward, you DO Not need bigger/more faith, you just need a more comprehensive & accurate view of what you are placing faith in. They more faithful & strong we believe God to be, the more willing we are to depend on Him! We can never detect our level of faith by how we feel, only by what we are willing to do…. As we proactively remind ourselves of how faithful & reliable God is, the more willing (&excited) we are about relying on Him. – notes from my #armorofgod bible study this morning by @priscillashirer 💕🙏🏼💕 ➖➖➖➖➖
💕Isaiah 26:3-4 “you will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all who are fixed on you. Trust in God always for He is the eternal rock”
💕 the Lord is good; His love endures forever & his faithfulness to all generations (ps 100:5)
💕 Luke 17:5-6 – the apostles said, “Lord, increase our faith.” & the Lord said, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree 🌲- ‘be uprooted & planted in the sea’ & it will obey you