God has been stirring things up in me… stirring is not always the most comfortable feeling, would you agree? Do you have dreams that you let go long ago? Has circumstances taken you off course? Is there a huge “wall” in front of you leaving you feel defeated? Have you received a promise from God that has fallen by the wayside in your mind? Maybe this very moment is the time to pray and ask God if He would stir up that thing in you again. It could be going back to school for your degree… getting married… starting a family… going into business… ??? You know what that thing is for you.
Stirring is a time that will test (grow) your faith… BIG time! When you are making a cake you put all the ingredients in and then you must stir it to make all those individual items turn into a cake. I am sure if an egg had feelings it would not be thrilled when it is being whisked into the batter, but stirring is the way to get the end product. I feel it is kind of the same when God starts stirring. You may not be thrilled either! I have said things like, “God, my life is good… I am comfortable right where I am.” Or, “Is my faith really strong enough?” Or, “I am afraid.” What God has shown me through this is that He brings these times into our lives to push us to rely on Him more… His strength, His mercy, His grace.
It says in James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Stirring… pure joy??? Um, that may not be your first thought on that, but know that each step you do take in faith brings more joy. You will never persevere if you never take the first step!
I challenge you to keep moving forward, but glance back and see all that God has brought you through. Remembering where you were to where He has brought you is always a faith builder. Stand up to His stirring in you. Trust that if He has stirred up something in you He will give you exactly what you need to complete it. Choose to live in His truth and promises.
Father God, Forgive our unbelief. I pray that whatever you are stirring up in each one of us would produce the faith we need to let You be BIG in our lives. I pray the desire of each heart is what You have placed there. Let the thoughts, dreams, and visions be what You, Heavenly Father, want for us. Shield us from the darts of the enemy… take fear far from us. Grow our faith as we accomplish what You have set before us. Thanking You for who You are… what You have done and are going to do. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Rejoicing in Truth!
Want more? Read James 1