Need Faith for Something Big?

From fear to faith.

 

I cannot even remember what the issue was, what the unbelief was about, or what evoked the fear, but I remember how Jesus, My Savior, made it all disappear in a moment’s time. There was a swing of emotions, from fear and unbelief to trust and faith.

 

He is a big God Who asks BIG, impossible things of us. So of course we will not feel able (because we aren’t), but be careful of responding to His clear instruction with the lie, “I can’t.”

“I can’t” is always a lie for the believer in Christ.

Yes, it may be a half-truth that feels fiercely true but half-truths, no matter how true they feel, are always lies.

 

See, the truth is that He enables us to do all that He asks of us.

 

Apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5),
but with Him all things are possible (Mark 9:23).

He works in us, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13),

in our weakness, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10),

He has given us all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3),

and we have the power of the Holy Spirit, Who is our Helper (John 14:26, 16:7).

 

So yes, while it is certainly true that with my human limitations “I can’t” in my own strength, the real truth is: “What can you and I not do at His bidding?” (Luke 5:1-11 is a great example of the difference).

I can do nothing, but “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (This is a good verse to read in its context.)

 

So on this particular day, He met my “I can’t. I don’t have the faith for it” with these words:

 

“I have enough faith for the both of us. Borrow Mine.”

 

(continued here: How Do We Tap into His Fatih?)

 

What is God currently calling you to that the lie of your ‘can’t-ness’ is intimidating you about?

 

Borrow His ‘mountain moving faith’ and allow Him to turn that, “Who am I? I can’t.” into
 
“Here am I. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8
 
 
“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:21

 

 

Hi Friends,

I would love to hear from you. Has this been encouraging in a certain issue you are dealing with right now? I’d love to know and pray for you. You can comment here or email me at traci@tracishinnick.com.

What is He currently calling you to? I encourage you to step out in faith in His BIGNESS and His powerful ability. You don’t have to have a bit of confidence in yourself and in your abilities. If He asks you to step into it, He will certainly meet you there. Do it, even if you have to do it scared. And watch God work! Next week I will share the second part of this post with some practical ideas of how we can “Borrow His Faith.”

 

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Filled With All the Fullness of God

“… to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowldege, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”  Ephesian 3:19

 

From the heart of God:

 

I fill.

 

I fill the longings, needs, and despair with hope (Romans 15:13),

but people look to fill themselves (Jeremiah 2:13) and therefore stay empty and needy and full of despair.

 

Come. I call, “Come. And follow Me.”

I, alone, fill.

 

Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesian 5:18), a ‘gift’ LARGER than any of your wants, needs, or ANY sense of ‘lacking’.

With Me, you lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10).

 

I fill. You are therefore FULL, not wanting.

You can be full in the midst of any ‘seemingly inadequate supply’ or ‘famine’ of ANY kind.

 

I AM the true bread of life (John 6:35), and I sustain the soul (which is hungrier than any physical appetite).

 

But there is a dearth of truth spoken, truth that souls long for. Therefore, people look to all sorts of ‘distractions’ to quench this longing.

I am calling forth truth speakers (Ephesians 4:15).

 

Be filled to overflowing with the POWER of My Word.

There is REAL power there.

 

And I will give you the boldness to speak it forth (Acts 4:29, 31).

 

I am for you, not against you.

Allow the truth of that statement to extend into all areas of your current life circumstances.

And be filled with faith.

 

Believe that I am a rewarder of those who seek Me (Hebrews 11:6) and be filled.

 

 

*dearth- a scarcity or lack of

 

Friends,

His love and truth always call for a response: 

-Have you been looking to any sort of ‘distraction’ to quench the longings your soul feels? What are they? Even write them down. Be honest. Honesty with the God Who knows all reveals to us what He has known all along. We need to know so what we can fully surrender. We want that place of freedom.

-Where have you been looking at ‘famine’ and now realize you need to turn your gaze and look to Him, Who has a limitless supply and Who is for you and not against you? How does meditating on that truth change your perspective of particular circumstances?

-Practically, how will you look to Him today to fill you?

-As many of us transition into new summer schedules, let’s all make a plan to make special time with our family and yet not neglect our time with the Lord and His Word and prayer. We, and all our people, need us to be filled up, that we have much of Him to give.

Make a plan today. I would love to hear about it. You can comment below or email me at traci@tracishinnick.com.

 

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The Enemy’s Scheme of Two Extremes

 

“The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.” Psalm 119:160

 

 

The whole counsel of the word of God gives us balance, the stability we need so that we are not “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:14).

 

Church, we are currently being bombarded by some strong ‘waves,’ and too many are unfortunately losing their footing.

 

The enemy’s tactic is to swing the pendulum to an extreme either way. He doesn’t care, as long as he distorts the truth of the gospel.

 

So, we can swing to legalism (which the books of Galatians and Colossians, for example, speak to the issue of freedom from) or licentiousness* (“turning the grace of God into” a license to sin-Jude 1:4, which the book of 1 John is a good rebuttal of).

 

 

Depending upon which ‘group’ you’ve been exposed to most of your life, you undoubtedly have been influenced by one of these extremes, and even now as you are growing in the truth of His Word and His love you may still be experiencing the hold of some faulty thinking. This is why having our minds washed with the purity of His Word is so important.

 

Continually exposing ourselves to the Scriptures as a whole and being led by the Spirit and seeking Him above all else, keeps us walking in freedom, in the sweet spot between the two extremes.

 

“Teach me your way, O Lord that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” Psalm 86:11 ESV

 

What if the act of obedience that we are brushing off as legalism and refusing to do is that which God is actually calling us to? Or on the other hand, what if ‘our freedom’ is actually turning our backs on His call to deeper relationship and godliness and sanctification and holiness and POWER?  Both extremes cut us off from His POWER.

 

So how do we protect ourselves from these deceiving extremes?

 

The answer to keeping the balance is to immerse ourselves in His Word, the whole counsel of God, being diligent to present ourselves as workmen who need not be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15), that we are protected from being misled by persuasive arguments (Colossians 2:4-8).

 

 

“Sanctify** them in the truth; Your word is truth.” John 17:17

 

– Ask the Lord to search your heart today (Psalm 139:23) and show you areas in your life that you have allowed the grace of God to become an excuse for sin or where you have gotten sidetracked from the purity of intimate relationship with Him by a commitment to just following rules. Repent and follow Him fully.

 

-Resolve to know His word and His truth and act upon it wholeheartedly. He works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose (Philippians 2:13). Allow Him. Follow close.

 

-Immerse yourself in His Word and obey in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

“..so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:11

 

 

 

 

*licentiousness (Strong’s #766): “Lasciviousness, license, debauchery, sexual excess, absence of restraint, insatiable desire for pleasure.. perversion in general, 1 Peter 4:3, 2 Peter 2:7.”

**Sanctify (37) hagiazo= To make holy, sanctify. To consecrate, devote, set apart from a common to a sacred use…. Spoken of persons, to consecrate as being set apart of God and sent by Him for the performance of His will.

Zodiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament.

Give the Answer

“…the [uncompromisingly] righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 Amplified Bible

 

Take the bold confidence

in who He is,
in who He has made you to be,
how He has gifted you,
and who and what He calls you to be and do.

And move forward.

 

Depend completely upon Him

and take risks.

 

Think of others more highly than yourself (Philippians 2:3-8) so that you reach out in LOVE rather than shrink back in fear to protect yourself (Acts 20:26, 27).

Continually ask Jesus, “What are you doing here, in this place, with this person?” and do what He is doing. Join Him on mission.

 

You have so much to GIVE.

Partake, rise up, and give it out.

 

People are spiritually famished and starving, and you have THE Hope and the Bread of Life, Jesus (John 6:35).

 

You have the Answer.

 

“Jesus said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6

 

Depend upon and abide in Him (John 15), walking in the same way in which He walked (1 John 2:6), and draw men unto Him. Shine for His glory.  In Christ, you have been made new (2 Corinthians 5:17) and have been entrusted with that message and ministry of reconciliation for others (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

 

As His child and at His leading, you have His permission, His anointing, and His commissioning.

 

Hear Him say, “Go.”

Go harvest.

(Matthew 9:37, 38- be the answer to that prayer).

 

Deny yourself (Luke 9:23).

With a deep dependence (which He loves to meet head on), follow where He leads.

Deny yourself the ‘luxury’ of giving into your fears or hang ups,

and FOLLOW HIM!

 

 

Do what He says.

The recipe for an abundant life can be summed up in that one statement.

 

May we go do so. Today.

 

“I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly,” said Jesus, our Good Shepherd (John 10:10).

May we trust His leading. It is truly where we will find rest.

 

 

-Do you truly know this freedom for yourself: that you are a new creature, that the old is gone and the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17) and now consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God (Romans 6:11,13)?  If so, you are called, beloved, and kept (Jude 1:1) and have a specific calling upon your life. Spend some time with Him today dreaming and asking Him about all that your calling entails. What are steps towards fulfilling your purpose that He is calling you today? What steps can you take in that direction?

 

-Ask Him to open your eyes to see who is in your path today that you can reach out to in the love of Jesus and share the truth of Jesus Christ (or someone you may need to even write, text, or send an email).

 

-Who did you hear? and resolve now to take action. Ask Him exactly what that person needs from Him.  And be bold to follow through.

 

 

May we be able to say, like Paul, “..I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” Acts 20:26, 27

 

 

 

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Bold Confidence for God-Sized Tasks

 

“On the day I called, you made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3

 

May you be encouraged today in BOLD confidence to run past any FEAR and go do God-sized tasks.

 

Today.

 

Don’t wait for the day when you feel fully equipped.

 

You will forever have that excuse, that fear, that hesitation, and all the feelings of inadequacy, until you step out in faith and find Him faithful to do in and through you all that He has promised.

 

“When God does a miracle, you believe Him for bigger and better miracles the next time. That’s how you steward miracles—you up the ante. You keep leapfrogging by faith until one day you look back and can hardly believe how far you’ve come with God’s help.” Mark Batterson, Chase the Lion, p. 97

 

Believe the truth of God’s word that tells us clearly that it is in our weakness that He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10) and that we have been granted everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

 

 

Our weakness is never to be used as an excuse, no matter how real it feels or how LOUD it roars and complains against the assignment of God. It is rather to be boasted in, that the glory of God may shine through our lives.

 

Step out in faith on the waters of obedience.

 

 

Step out and walk in bold confidence in Him Who is able to do exceedingly beyond all that you can ask or imagine, through you! (Ephesians 3:20)

 

“By definition a God-sized dream is bigger than you are. You don’t have the time, talent, or treasure to pull it off. Without divine intervention it’s destined to fail.” ….p. 95

 

 

What God-sized task is before you today? Take a step of faith today.

 

-What God-sized dream do you currently have on your heart? Write about it and ask God for more vision.

 

–Be in the Word today and do what He says. What truth did He highlight and call you to? It is those who hear and act upon the word that build their house upon the rock and can withstand the storm (Luke 6:46-49).

 

 

Step out in faith in Him.  Trust Him.

 

 

“.. for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).” 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 Amplified Bible

 

 

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Light Shines in the Darkness

From the Heart of God:

 

I call forth the sun to shine

And the stars to display their beauty, as each is revealed in the night sky.

Day and night has its own beauty.

 

Some beauty only revealed in the sunshine, and others only seen in the dark.

 

Seasons change.

 

There is day and there is night,

So that you may see different aspects of My beauty and love and grandeur.

 

Do not be afraid of the dark.

Darkness will come, but look up!

Fix your eyes on Me, the Author and Perfector of your faith.

 

Eyes on Me.

 

Though the earth should change and the mountains slip into the heart of the sea,

you need not fear.

I am a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1, 2).

 

My love for you is unfailing.

 

Look ‘there’ (at My great love for you).

Trust ‘there’, ‘eyes on Me’, and cling to hope.

 

You will hope once again.

 

Great light will shine forth in darkness.

Allow Me to shine brightly through you and dispel darkness. It need not overtake you.

 

As the world, in fear, cries out in essence, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling,”

My people will have a quiet confidence in Me,
that I will give.

Take it.

 

I am your refuge and strength, but you must take it to have it.

 

Cling to My Word and My Promises.

 

The world is continually trying to “make crooked the straight ways of the Lord” (Acts 13:10), but the world does not change My ways.

 

No matter how many times they may change their opinion,

 My Word stands true and unchanging and CONSTANT.

 

Be a lighthouse, immovable, showing THE WAY,

warning others as they navigate dangerous waters.

 

Let your light shine, showing, “This is the ROCK, this is solid ground”

and warning them to navigate carefully as My word is unmovable and irrevocable.

 

I cause storms, and I am able to make them perfectly calm (Psalm 107:25, 29).

Be those who hear and DO the Word, that your house may stand (Matthew 7:24).

 

Be ready to give an answer for the hope that you have in the midst of the storm.

 

They will see a great light. Let it be Me.

 

Shine for My glory, that they too may glorify My name.

 

 

 

Hi friends,

This was originally posted in 2013 on my blogspot, and it is a word that comes to mind so often and still speaks so loudly to my heart. I hope it does the same for you. For those of you who are personally facing dark days, I pray that it speaks encouragement and strengthens your resolve to trust Him and His love. He is so trustworthy and full of love for you. You are not alone, and you WILL hope again. Take His confidence, and cling to His promises. Your life is a beautiful testimony of His glory.

Shine.

With love,

Traci

 

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Obedience Frames an Abundant Life

“He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.”
Psalm 23:3

 

 From God’s Heart:

“My mission of love is to find willing hearts to be My hands and feet and passion, for My Name’s sake.
Obedience will frame an abundant life.”

 

 

Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). And He “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” (Ephesian 3:20), but it is within the confines of a life of obedience that our beautiful life masterpiece is painted.

 

So many people want the abundant life and yet resist a life of pure obedience. We fool ourselves if we think we will find it any other way.

 

“If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing,..” 1 Timothy 6:3, 4a

Will He find us faithful and willing? Or in seeking the comfortable life where everyone agrees with us, will we give way to fear, be neutral, and therefore unfaithful? Setting our sights on everyone completely agreeing with us will keep us ineffective, but too often we fall into that ‘silencing’ trap.

Charles Spurgeon wrote more than a century ago, “The present age is so flippant that if a man loves the savior he is a fanatic and if he hates the powers of evil he is a bigot.”*
Let’s make a fresh, new start. Today, for new LIFE.

 

Here is your personal invitation. CHOOSE not to wait any longer; surrender all and obey. Give Him your yes. It begins here in the secret place** and is lived out in the holy mundaneness of days.

 

Ask Him to give you a heart that loves Him, His Word, and yearns for His Presence more and more each day. It is a prayer He will gladly honor and is truly what is needed above all else.
Know (experientially) Jesus, a Risen Savior.

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37).

 

May we all walk in a manner worthy of Him (Eph. 4:1, Col. 1:10, 1 Thess. 2:12) and allow Him to guide us in paths of righteousness.

 

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:2, 3

 

 

*quoted from Adamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions by Lisa Bevere. Great new book!
**see this idea repeated here in Will You Answer the Call? 

 

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What You Have Been Entrusted With

From the Father’s Heart:

 

I have entrusted you with many things. I have. They are not random or “not meant for you” or yours by mistake, by chance, or indeterminately.

 

I have personally given and entrusted them to you. Therefore, there is purpose and responsibility involved in the gifting.

 

What I give, I give with foresight and purpose, which is understandably not always understandable.*

But all of life can be understood and sure, as you trust Me and see all of life through the great promises of My Word (with a sure foundation- Isaiah 28:16, 2 Timothy 2:19- to stand upon where your foot will never slip too far- Psalm 121:3).

 

You will have trouble, but take heart (John 16:33). You can incomprehensibly face great trouble, fiery trials (1 Peter 4:12), and suffering (Phil. 1:29) with Peace, having great hope (not in your own ability as that is not ever the linchpin, but) in MY power to make any impossibility possible (Mark 10:27).

Why? Because the God of all peace is right here with you, right by your side (always), never leaving you, NEVER forsaking you (no matter what), and never giving up on you (Deut. 31:6).

 

Making the impossible possible is only one of My specialties. I have many, many other impossible specialties. Wouldn’t you like to press in and believe Me for them? Wouldn’t you like to see the impossible? Wouldn’t you like to have faith that moves MOUNTAINS (Matt. 17:20)?

You are invited.

Come join the party-

the celebration of heaven on earth,
moving ‘things,’
accomplishing,
JOYFUL,
with clarity,….

 

Come take of all that is stored up for you. Mounds and mounds piled high of potential, of gifts, of bold confidence to take Me up on My promises, to make it through any fiery trial victoriously, purified, and the better for walking through it.

Fight and squeeze every ounce of treasure out of the trials.

 

You are a warrior. Don’t neglect using the weapons that have been given and entrusted to your use, weapon that are powerful for the destruction of strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4), weapons of righteousness for the left hand and the right (2 Cor. 6:9).

 

I call you a mighty warrior.

Take back any ground that has been given over knowingly and unknowingly.  Arise, walk the land, and write down what is yours -Joshua 18:3,4-(it is so clear in My Word, and My Word is for you). Go possess your ‘inner ground.’  Consider what you have unwittingly handed over and where you are ‘agreeing’ with the enemy (who is always a liar) and stop.

That’s harder than it sounds, and YET easier than it seems.

You are built to do HARD things.

Go, trust Me, face to the sky, eyes on Me, with a heart of JOY, in believing.

Allow this to be your new motto, replacing any current one running like a tape in your head convincing you that you ‘can’t…..’:

“Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.” Psalm 27:3

 

 

*(like the call to fully know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge 🙂 – Eph. 3:19)