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Believing in what you believe is really real.

May 4 // 1 Corinthians 8:20-21

Matthew 21:21-22
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
Jesus went to this fig tree because he was hungry, but found no fruit on it. He then said to the tree, "May you never bear fruit again!", and it withered away. His disciples were amazed on the tree withered. Jesus is teaching them that faith and doubt, like oil and water, do not go together. They can't be mixed, but naturally make a resistance to on another. Jesus wants them to understand that when they pray and believe, greater things will be done then just a fig tree withering. It has been proven before, how the power of faith and believing in what you ask for in Matthew 8. When the Centurion said to Jesus, "But just say the word, and my servant will be healed." Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour. Do you believe what you believe is really real?
I am filled with reassurance when I read this passage. Jesus simply asks me to believe and it will be done. The hold that doubt has on me when I pray seems to always arise in the moments when the Spirit prompts me to pray. I know that Jesus has gone to the Father so that I may do great things to glorify Him, yet that noise, doubt, is always there. It's the lies that the enemy tries to feed me, and to be honest I believe them most of the time. I know through this scripture God wants me to understand that it all starts with faith. It took faith for me to get where I am now, from where I was before. God is constantly working in my life, to better me, mold me, transform me and show me that He has faith in me. I believe that the more I pray for things according to God's will, doubt will always be knocking. But what I do when those times come, will determine if I believe what I believe is really real.

Dear Father,
Thank you Father for always believing in me, even when I don't believe in myself. Transform me more and more into the man you have created me to be. It is written in Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. I give you my life and continue to teach me. I pray that you help me with my unbelief and fill me with truth. I am thankful for all that you have done in my life. Please continue to use me to glorify you, O Lord. I humbly pray and ask all these things... in Jesus name I pray AMEN!
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This journal entry was posted by Cj. He is currently single, has 1 child and has attended New Hope for the past 8 years.

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