Faith Messages to build your faith

Sunday, May 5, 2013

How Can We Lose When We’re So Sincere?

Debbie Hardy shares with us, “God will send me the man of my dreams … right to my front door.” 

"At least that’s what a woman I met at the store believed. She was convinced God would send the man of her dreams to her house. 

Maybe she planned on marrying the mailman, the UPS guy, or someone hanging a lawn care ad on her front door.

I pointed out that God was keeping her healthy to go to her job every day and earn a paycheck. 

Maybe she’d meet a terrific guy at work or somewhere else while away from home. 

God loves to provide his children with gifts, but isn’t content to give handouts without us doing our part.

Ever the optimist, Charlie Brown and his Peanuts teammates would lose one ballgame after another, with no hope of ever winning. 

He often asked, 'How can we lose, when we’re so sincere?'

A Canaanite woman approached Jesus after he finished talking to a crowd. She interrupted his down-time and asked for grace, something she didn’t deserve. 

As a non-Jew, she had no standing with the Lord, and Jesus told her as much. She had everything to lose, but she had to ask, and Christ felt her sincerity.

Her response and her faith ultimately led to her daughter being healed. It wasn’t anything she did – or was it? 

She stepped out of her comfort zone, traveled to where Jesus was, and risked rejection by asking a favor. 

She did her part and was rewarded.

Just going to work every day is no guarantee that we’ll keep our jobs, the company will stay in business, or we’ll have a wonderful life with the UPS guy. 

But it’s a step of faith to do our part and let God do his.

Be sincere about life and your relationships, especially your relationship with God. 

What step of faith do you need to take to bring your dream to life? 

Act in faith and accept his grace."

"Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment." Matthew 15:28

How Can We Lose When We’re So Sincere? – Debbie Hardy

Debbie Hardy is the author of Stepping Through Cancer, A Guide for the Journey, a step-by-step guide for cancer caregivers, and the accompanying Caregiver’s Handbook. 

 A Colorado resident, author, widow, and grandmother, Debbie’s positive outlook and joy in Christ have helped her transition from corporate America to writing and speaking. 

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Let’s pray:  Father, I realize that I do have a part to do in what happens to me. Help me seek Your direction, and to then follow it with a good attitude, trusting that You're guiding me. I appreciate any and all help to do your will. In Jesus' name, amen.

Our Scripture for
when you are lonely or fearful: Psalm 2

Today’s quote: John C. Maxwell – “Continual growth and lasting success are the result of aligning the inside and the outside of our lives. And getting the inside right must come first—with solid character traits that provide the foundation for growth.”

Our thought today: God desires obedience, but with a good attitude of honoring him.

Tomorrow’s post:
What Needs Some Restoration? Jean Oathout

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1 comment:


    If men sincerely believe they know the truth, does that belief render God's word null and void?

    Eve sincerely believed Satan when he told her she could eat from the tree in the middle of the garden and she would not die. (Genesis 3:1-24)

    Did her sincerity keep her from death? No it did not.

    If men sincerely believe that water baptism is not essential for salvation, does that invalidate what Jesus said in Mark 16:16....has been baptized shall be saved..?

    Does man's sincerity nullify the words of Jesus.

    Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

    Should you trust the sincerity of your own understanding or should you simply trust in the Lord.

    Pride was Satan's downfall. Pride has a tendency to make men believe that their sincerity invalidates the word of God.