Have you ever struggled Believing God? Not believing IN Him, but believing what He says is true?
God has been impressing Himself upon my heart in a new way the last month and a half. In late September, I joined a few women and began one of Beth Moore’s early Bible studies called, “Believing God.”
“Believing God,” is not about believing IN God, but learning to actually believe what He says is true, to gain the blessings He has waiting for us, and to instill deep within our hearts five simple but powerful truths. I will list them below and I’ll ask you to write these down or save the image below.
I want to challenge you to say these five things out loud with me each morning and see the change it brings about in your life.
It only takes a moment and it gets you in the right frame of mind and connects you to His Heart from the start. Here they are:
Wow. Number three is especially difficult for me. More on that another day…
Let’s get to the meat of this.
Part of the homework is a “Faith Journal,” which Beth helps get you started on by posing questions or asking you to finish sentences such as, “Lord, the biggest challenges I have before me right now are…” and you write your heart out, directly to God each day. It is then followed by a “Bedtime Meditation” section for writing any additional prayers, thoughts or meditations.
Sounds simple right?
It is and it isn’t. Each day I struggle a little getting started, but once my pen hits the paper I soon wonder if I’ll be able to stop. Even when I’m done with this particular study, I hope to continue a Faith/Prayer Journal and I really hope you do as well.
I’ve never kept a prayer journal or written a letter to God before this. If you haven’t either, start one today! It is SO powerful, so therapeutic and so eye-opening it is scary. I promised myself I wouldn’t hold back with what I put down on those pages… I have nothing to be afraid of right? The only eyes that will see it are my own and God’s, and God already knows what is in my heart.
Well friends, I didn’t fully know what was in my heart until I started doing this journaling.
I feel like the weight of life is being chinked away day by day, word by word. Getting all of my feelings, fears and heart’s desires out onto those pages is shattering and healing all at the same time. But that isn’t even close to the best part.
I have prayed every day since the start of this study for God to reinforce the lessons we learn each day in some way or another, separate from the study itself, and to speak to my heart directly each day about the things I’ve brought before Him in my journal. My husband will tell you (because I am so excited to tell him the details of each new daily revelation:)) God has VERY directly reinforced each lesson we have learned and has daily brought specifically tailored answers addressing Every.Single.Thing. I have laid at His feet.
That’s not to say I’ve been given everything I’ve asked for, but He has acknowledged and addressed each issue independently and very actively. I’ve had previous moments where He has done this now and then in my life (typically when I have been so broken down that all I could do was beg for Him to pick me back up) but never to this extent and never this consistently.
I won’t go into all the details of all the ways He has reinforced our studies or how He’s addressed my concerns in this post, but He has used everything from devotionals I do daily with my daughter, to a character building series we just started as a family, daily random Bible verses that pop up on my phone, blog articles or verses that have been waiting on my Pinterest queue, songs on the radio, random cards or letters containing scripture that have unexpectedly come from friends, devotional email forwards from my husband… I could go on.
There has been a wide variety of mediums used, but what I know is, they have all been so specific to my issues. For example, my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant with our second child for quite some time with no luck and we very much want more children, so I’ve written it into my journal each day and prayed to the point of tears about it at night. The first night I did this, I woke up the next morning to the following things.
- Random Bible Verse of the Day on my phone- Deuteronomy 28:11 “The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.”
- Waiting in my Pinterest queue:
(Shared from GraceUncommon)
- The devotion I did with my daughter from our Story Bible (in order) was about Abraham and Sarah bearing a child when Abraham was 100 years old and how Sarah had thought it was too late for her to have a child. Talk about putting my waiting into perspective!
- Later that day on Pinterest:
(Shared from here)
(Shared from here)
Isn’t it amazing what He says to us when we actually take the time to listen?
For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. Psalm 33:4.
He WANTS to bless us so greatly, but we have to WANT Him first.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19.
So ask Him in. Take this first step. He will break down the strongholds of your heart and connect with you in a way that will bring you to your knees.
I don’t know where you are at personally in your own life… if you have a relationship with God, if you’re thinking about it, if you know about God but aren’t sure how to really know Him or if you’re already fairly confident in your faith… Let’s walk together and find Him. Please, come with me on this journey. I want to see what else He has waiting for us. I don’t want to live another day pushing Him to the backburner. He’s awakened my hunger, my soul, my thirst for Him. Please, join me in actively pursuing Him. I promise you won’t regret it.
If you are interested in doing the Believing God series by Beth Moore at your church, bible study, or just with a group of friends, you can purchase the leader pack here.
Have you done a prayer/faith journal before? What did/do you think of it? Has it brought you closer to God? How has He spoken His Word into your life?
Thank you for joining me. Come again!
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