Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Actions speak louder than words...

We all know that old saying or any of these….

It’s not what you say but what you do that counts….
Do what I say, not what I do…

I am currently involved in the bible study, Deeper Still, written by Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore.

….and it is challenging me.

Challenging me to examine what my actions say about what I believe about God and whether I trust that He can truly do what He says He can do.

I know in my head that God can do all He says He can do.
I know in my head that I worship a God that is able to do more than I could ever imagine.
I have studied God's word enough to know His promises AND that He always keeps His promises.

And yet, when trouble creeps in or a storm blows through my life, my actions don't always follow along with what I know.

If I truly believed God can do all He says He can do then...

...I wouldn't try to handle it on my own.
...I wouldn't be overwhelmed with fear.
...I wouldn't doubt His power is available to ME.

If I truly believed God is able to do more than I could imagine then...

..I would recognize the connection between my reality and His ability.
...I would pray about things until it was finished.
...I would pray knowing that He had already heard and answered.
...I would be watching for God to supply my need.

My study has been teaching me that we tend to file away what we are learning about God and what He has done in our lives in a box.  No problem with that.  However, the problem comes when we put a lid on it and then expect God to only be able to work in the confines of what we know in our box.

I love this quote...Our God is predictable in His character, but He is unpredictable in His activity!!

Pricilla Shirer writes:

Do you have a spiritual box with a closed lid that has been limiting your view of God's movement in your life?  If you've stopped praying about something particular because you really don't think He'll do anything substantial, then you can be sure your lid is airtight.  Whether God moves is a question of His sovereignty, not His ability.  What He does his His business.  Believing that He can is our business.

I think my actions and prayer life are about to change!



I am loving Phyllis Shirer in our Jonah study. She is amazing. Thanks for your post today it made my day.

StephieAnne said...

Such wise words Sara! We are studying WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WOMEN SAY YES TO GOD and it's challenging me in a similar way. I'm really starting to realize that the women who've impacted my lives the most are the ones who have stories of adversity and how they came through them with total dependence on the Lord (through "good" outcomes and "bad"). In light of that, I recognize that if I really want to make an impact for the Lord, I need to not only expect adversity, but look forward to seeing what God will do through it and how these experiences might be shared to others.

Cathy said...

Good stuff. I need to check that study out. We're getting ready to start "The Patriarchs" by Beth Moore next Tuesday. The one your doing sounds good...maybe in September we can do that one.

Lisa said...

I LOVE this. We did this study in the fall and it was very good...the variety was nice. I like hearing about "the box" because that is exactly how I often treat God, but I've expereinced his amazing work when he gets outside of the boundaries I've put up for him, so I'm not sure why I still do it! Love those women.