Sunday, March 15, 2009

God's Call to Action By: Heidi Avery

You know when you feel God tug on your heart to do something and right away you feel that urgency to just move now without thought?  In that moment you know if you act right now whatever it was would just be done despite how big it looks. 

 But instead you pause slightly to question where that tug actually came from.  Then, because you asked the question you begin to think “wait, was that really God’s voice calling me to move or was it just me?” 

 It’s not long before you begin to ponder the magnitude of the call and your ability to accomplish the task. You factor in doubt, fear and insecurity and instead of moving forward in faith you become disabled, you lose sight of the call and fail to act. 

 You know what I’m talking about and it’s confusing and frustrating.  Let’s just face it, its blatant disobedience.  It’s happened to me more times then I want to even confess to you. 

 So, what’s so hard about hearing God’s call to action and just moving without thought?  It just takes faith and we have that, the bible even says in Matthew 17:20, “…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed…nothing will be impossible for you.”  Surely we have faith as small as a mustard seed, right?  So, what is it that works against us, causing us to think our faith is not enough? 

 I think there are several things that can and will keep us from obeying God’s call to action.  For me its fear and insecurity and lack of trust… the things of my flesh.  But in reality it all adds up to one thing… unbelief.   

 In Mark 9:14-26 Jesus heals a demon-possessed boy.  The father approaches Jesus after the disciples fail to cast out the demon and asks him if he “can” do anything to help them.  In verse 23 Jesus is disturbed and says “If you can?”  “Everything is possible for him who believes.” 

 The father obviously had faith that Jesus could heal his son or he wouldn’t have shown up that day.  But when the disciples failed he probably began to have some serious doubts.  As a mother I am quite certain he began to fear for his child’s life, he began to lose trust that anyone, even Jesus could help him.  But, can’t you almost feel the fear in the father’s heart as soon as he realizes that he actually questioned Jesus’ ability to heal his son.  In verse 24 the father actually cries out, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”     

 I think it’s a powerful example of what happens to us.  No matter it’s size we do have faith and whenever our faith is being faced off with our unbelief we must call on Jesus to help us overcome it.  We can obediently answer His call to action and we can in His strength say to that mountain “move” and it will move…nothing will be impossible for us! 


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