simpl.if.I – Believe God! (Summer Series Week 4)

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This is my friend, Sarah.  As you can see, she is flawless.  Made by a flawless God.

sarah and keegan simply flawless

One of the coolest things about Sarah is this: she knows God made her exactly the way He intended to, and she isn’t afraid to flaunt it.  (Do you not LOVE this pose?!  Sarah and her good pal, Keegan, have this super funny thing they do where they say, “I woke up flawless” and strike that awesome pose!  I LOVE it!)  Sarah is a girl who 100% believes God.

Sarah can teach us a thing or two about believing God, because Sarah knows that believing God means more than simply believing IN God.  Believing God means taking Him at His word.  And taking Him at His word is crucial, if we are to have faith, and hope, in life.

It’s easy to say you believe in God, but it’s a little more risky to profess that you simply believe Him and follow Him based on faith.  It’s more than an “I’ll believe it when I see it” mentality!  Hebrews 11:1 says this:  “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”

Believing God means giving up a little (or a lot!) of our self-imposed importance and acknowledging our smallness in this life.

Having said that, believing God means knowing He has created us for a purpose and a life that, regardless of how the world defines it, is infinitely important.  It means knowing He’s there, even when we don’t see Him.  And it means trusting Him, even when we don’t “feel” like it, especially when we’re angry, sad, or confused.

It means taking the time to look back over the days of your life and seeing evidence of His faithfulness in bringing you through difficult and rocky times so that you have the wherewithal to let Him bring you through the next valley.  It also means celebrating the high points with gracious gratitude, knowing the blessings came directly from Him.  And it means looking at the person you are and knowing you have been created exactly how you are meant to be, for this time and place.  No one can be a better you!

Believing God is a mindset that leads to a lifestyle and a lifetime of reliance on the One who makes no mistakes and already has a plan in place for when we do 😉 !  Believing God means placing our circumstances at His feet and acknowledging that He knows far better than we do how to work things out.  Our minds cannot begin to fathom His goodness and His plans for us!

Believe God 1 Cor 2-9

The first step in believing God is knowing what you believe about Him to begin with!  Wondering what it is you actually believe?  I did, too!  So I took a little time out to ponder it!  You can see MY thoughts on what I’m believing by clicking here.

His plans are flawless and perfect.  Believe it.  And then, just like my pal, Sarah, flaunt it!

 

Practical Application:  (simpl.if.I’ed steps you can take TODAY to help you believe God!):

  1. Find or print our mantra/scripture card for this week. Display it prominently and read it every day. Ask God what He wants you to know about Him!
  2. Read this portion of 1 Corinthians 2 to get a better idea of the context of our scripture for this week.
  3. Click here to try your hand at writing down what you believe about God!
  4. Check out this AWESOMELY FUN video by MercyMe called (what else?!) “Flawless”!

If you are reading before amen, by Max Lucado, read Chapter 3:  “You Are Good”.  I am honestly loving how Max can just tell a story from his own life and it all just makes great sense!  He’s so gifted!  If you are so inclined, go ahead and complete the study guide for Chapter 3 at the back of the book.

As always, thanks for tuning in with us for our summer series.  Your comments and support honestly encourage us to keep writing and reaching out with God’s word!

Have a wonderful week, sweet friends!

(I’d like to say a very special thank you to Sarah, Keegan, and Sarah’s mom, Lora – who also happens to be one of our FABULOUS ministry team members – for allowing me to share their photo and a little of their story with you today!)
Peace, love, and JOY!

Wendie

Up Next Week:  simpl.if.I Week 5:  Don’t Worry!

 

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4 responses »

  1. Wendie, LOVE this music video. It fits perfectly with this week’s study! You are awesome Wendie. So grateful for your summer study!

  2. May we all be as smart as Sarah and know that God made us exactly as He intended! Reminds me of another smart lady my life was blessed with, my sweet Gram Florence who often told me “Do not worry, God don’t make no junk!” Awesome post my dear friend. (guess i think so getting old when I keep telling you “this one is my favorite” : )

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