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Be Pliable

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Without faith, it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6)

I know that I want God to be pleased with me. I certainly want to hear the words “well done My good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21) from Him when I make it to Heaven!

Living by faith should be a no-brainer, right?

But what happens when you hit a hard place in life and your faith starts to waiver? Is anyone else in THAT season? I mean- one of those long, hard seasons where nothing will ever be the same and there's practically nothing you can do about it.

If you answered yes, let’s consult the Bible. It says that all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed and nothing will be impossible for us (Matt 17:20). According to both Strong’s Concordance and the Merriam Webster dictionary, 'impossible' means to not have the strength, power or ability. The thing simply CANNOT be done.

Do you know how small a mustard seed is?

mustard seed between thumb and index finger

Honestly, after having faith for a particular situation for years, I don’t even know if I have mustard seed sized faith anymore. What about you? What has you cryin’, spittin’, and fartin’ ,like Dr. Briana always says?

On a particularly hard night, I heard the scripture 'delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart' (Psalm 37:4) whispered to my soul.

“Lord,” I said, “I’ve been delighting (studying your Word, praying, & fasting) but I’m still in this season of not having the desires of my heart. Maybe I’m delighting wrong. What does delighting mean anyway?”

I learned to delight means to be pliable. Pliable for the Lord is allowing Him to bend us and to change our thoughts, actions and will to match His. As our desires align with His, we get to see Him grant us the desires of our heart.

Furthermore, 'having faith' doesn’t mean faith that a particular situation will work out. No, faith actually means faith in God. Hard stop. Faith in who He is and in the fact that He died for our sins.

So there I was, with my half-a-mustard seed sized faith, putting all these things together. This is what God told me and I want share it with you:

God loves you. He loves you so much that He literally died for you.

The hardships that we're facing are small in comparison to the love that He has for us. I know, the “thing” seems insurmountable.

But this is where we make a decision. You either decide to walk out your faith or not.

You can opt to do your very best with what you have and trust God with the rest. Or make a decision based on what you see.

Which one are you going to choose?

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