"Whatever. It doesn't matter."
Do you know what all those quotes have in common? While they differ a great deal in topic, they're ironically similar in 3 different, but very telling ways.
1. They were all spoken to me personally within the last 3 months.
2. Each one of these quotes belongs to a Christian.
3. Every one of them is a lie.
What we THINK and what we SAY when we find ourselves on the brink of unbelief determines whether we'll spend the next season of our lives fortifying or faking our faith. We will never, and I want you to believe this in the pit of your gut- EVER grow our faith as long as we put more stock in our own LIES than we put in the Words of God. In fact, the only downside of being the product of an Intelligent Designer is that we do have the ability to let our thoughts run wild. In truth, sometimes the worst thing we can do is think. Now, on a good day, thinking would absolutely be considered an asset, but on the days your car won't crank, your husband ignores you, your kids disrespect you and the pile in the mailbox is all bills and no checks, any thoughts that aren't first held obedient to Christ will give you a one-way ticket to Unbelief Island.
Now, while it's our minds, thoughts, emotion and will that tell our story of being created in the image of our Father, we have sadly used that ability to think to train ourselves to be Plan A in our own lives. Shake your head and sigh if you will, but it remains true. When things go helter skelter, we look inside ourselves for the answer. Oh, we may say, "Help me, Lord," but then we immediately start brainstorming what we're going to do, say, be...what we're going to move, change or manipulate. Even though the Bible clearly tells us that we can do no good thing without Him, off we march into the Service Department of Life. We grab a wrench and head for what we perceive to be the crux of the problem. What we don't do is look to the hills and wait patiently for Help to arrive. And so, after a few decades of practicing our convenient, low risk version of faith in God, we find ourselves incapable of not only relying on Him, but incapable of being honest about who to blame when we fail to manipulate our own faith. And in the process, we become believers of LIES rather than seekers of Truth. And, even worse, the lies we believe aren't being spoken from our greatest enemy, but from our very own mouths.
Do you remember Elijah? That great prophet of old? The one whose very name means Yahweh is my God? Well, he did more than just prophesy truth and humiliate the masses that chose to put their faith in a lesser god. He also stood at the crossroads of belief and took a wrong turn. He participated in a 'stare down' with a crisis of faith and blinked. He valiantly spouted the very Word of God into the lives of others, but choked when his own heart needed him to whisper the truth. In a nutshell, our hero of faith was human and in his error, he left us a beautiful lesson. Wanna' see?
Once upon a time, in a far away land and a time long forgotten, there lived a stoic man known to the wandering world as Elijah. Elijah paved a few streets in history with his great faith in and willingness to tune his ear to the Lord, God of Abraham. In his short breath of a life, he defended the worship of his Great God by trusting God to put on a light show for the worshipers of Baal. He so believed in the unmatched power of God that he asked for fire to fall from heaven and down it came. He prayed to God and the dead came to life. There were times in his life when he opened his mouth and the very Word of God traveled past his lips. And he left this world in a whirlwind complete with a chariot, horses and fire, but before he went to be with his Maker, he bounced over a bump in the proverbial not-yet Roman's Road. This great and celebrated man of faith had a season of unbelief. Yes, even Elijah wrestled with trusting God in the thick of things. After he taunted the worshipers of Baal, after he spoke the Words of God only he could hear, after he prophesied much, after his prayers brought raining fire from heaven and after his faith acted as the catalyst that caused the dead to live, he lied himself into a pitiful cave of fear and unbelief.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?...Let God be true, and every man a liar.
It's time we desired truth from our inner most being. Choose truth. Choose life!