Chosen Generation
 
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Everyone has had one of those days when your faith is challenged.  Even when your foundation is strongly built on hope in Christ Jesus, there are moments when our flesh weakens and we just don’t want to have faith.  Some believers are not willing to admit that they have moments like these, but I will speak for myself when I say that every once in a while I have one of those days.  One of those days when you’ve waited so long for God to answer your prayers that it seems like it will never come to pass. One of those days when your problems seem so massive that you forget that you have hope in Jesus. Just one of those days.  Jesus proclaims in Luke 22:31-32(NLT) “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat, but I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail.” Jesus understood our humanity, and He knew that from time to time our faith would be weak. But, the most important thing to understand is that you should not stay in that moment.  My pastor often says that there are bad moments in good days. I will further say there may be moments when faith is lacking inside of our extreme faith in God.  It happens.

So, what do you do when your faith takes a potty break? You go looking for it, only to find that it has taken “a pause for the cause.”I had one of these moments last week (Valentine’s Day to be real transparent and exact) but in that moment where my faith began to wane, I heard within my spirit “And we know.” Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” You see, although there are moments when your faith is challenged you have to get an “and we know” deep within your soul.  Knowledge is fact, faith is evidence of that fact.  I am reminded of Noah, who God told in the Old Testament, to build an ark for he and his family to prepare for floods of rain that God was to send to destroy the earth. Noah had not seen rain “but he knew” what God had spoken unto him.  I am sure that his friends doubted him, and his neighbors probably laughed in his face because nothing that God told him to do made sense.   And he waited through many years of preparation before the manifestation of the promise would come. I am sure that Noah had a moment while building this huge ark where he said “Now I’m building this ark for a flood and I’ve never even seen rain” but the fact that he kept building says that “he knew” that God was faithful to His promises.

When your faith wants to fail, it is essential that you know that God has a purpose and a plan that is much greater than you.  It’s not easy when the doctors give you a bad report, but you have to know that it’s all a part of the plan.  Sometimes you ask God why your life had to unfold in the way that it did, just know that all things are working.  The good, and most importantly the bad.  God is up to something.  So, when the enemy comes with seeds of doubt to challenge your faith, tell him “I know” that everything is working for my good.  Cause even if God doesn’t do it in the way we want Him to, we know that His way is always better.  Then you can go from a potty break to a praise break, cause you know, everything is gonna be alright.

Laura Newburn
2/24/2011

oh my madame erica that was awesome congrats lady thats a winner right there!so proud of u keep lettign him use u remeber the end of a thing is always better than the beginning so if this is ur beginning oh my greater works greater works :)

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