I Am Convinced

26 08 2010

As each of us focuses on making “A String of Pearls” and we look at the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) there are 9 pearls that we will focus on cultivating and growing in 2010.  (See our Theme for 2010 tab above for more information on all 9) Here we start our look at our last, Pearl 7 – FAITHFULNESS

Today as we begin our discussion on faithfulness we must start with what is faith.

 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Many of us have heard people talk about their relationship with God and faith really is the foundation of that relationship, it is belief, trust, confidence, it is having faith in something or someone we cannot see.  So how do we believe in something we cannot see?  This belief is based on evidence.  Evidence based on things we have seen God do for us and for other people. Things we have read about God from history (which would be the bible) and stories we hear folks tell today. This evidence is abundant but we can still choose to doubt or we can choose to seek out facts, data or proof and find out who God is for ourselves.   No my faith is not your faith and your faith is not my faith.  After all how can you be convinced about something based on my thoughts about it?  No girl you’ve got to seek it out for yourself and that is what this whole personal relationship with God is all about.  It is knowing Him and believing in Him for yourself!

It’s just like when a baby cries, how does the baby know that when he or she cries his mommy will feed it?  This is based on the relationship the baby has with his/her mothers based on things she has done for him or her in the past. Right?    Or you know how some folks know that a certain move from their mate means certain things and you often wonder how your friend was able to figure out that that small gesture from her husband meant he was ready to go?  It is based on knowing that person; it is based on their relationship. Now in no way am I comparing God to your husband or mother but what I am trying to say is that you become convinced about anything based on what you know and that is the reason for this whole desire of having a relationship with God. You see if  get to know God than you can believe in God and if you can get to a point where you completely trust Him and have confidence in Him then that is the place that complete faithfulness begins.  That is what I think the old church hymn Blessed Assurance really touches on

 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

O what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

 REFRAIN:

This is MY story, this is my song,

praising my Savior all the day long;

this is MY story, this is my song,

praising my Savior all the day long.

When I think of having trust and feeling safe in a relationship it really is to have blessed assurance = meaning to feel confidently assured that this person will have your back and has your best interest at heart.   So pretty much when you are assured in anything, you are CONVINCED about that thing….not worrying if it will work out or if it is what it says it is, you trust it!  So if you can trust that God is in control of your life, you can confidently walk in that trust 24/7. 

Just think about it, when you have confidence you exude a certain aura about you. To have self confidence is to feel like I can do this! Instead of feeling like I can’t do anything.  Your perception of self definitely has to do with how people perceive you and we all know that perception is reality. Meaning you can tell right off the bat a woman with self confidence vs.  one without it.  If you don’t believe me, look at Beyonce…do you think she has self confidence?   This talk of confidence and/or assurance is what some authors call the law of attraction.  Your thoughts, emotions, beliefs and actions attract matching positive or negative people, circumstances and experiences in your life.   Why do I bring all of this up now as we talk about our relationship with God?  Well confidence in self also dictates to confidence in the God that created us.  So to be CONVINCED, we must believe in God as well as believe in ourselves just as my momma used to always say to me…  “God don’t make no junk!” which means we must believe that God created each of us special, he did not use a cookie cuter when he made YOU so find that special purpose God uniquely created inside of YOU.  I am a witness about this for sure!!!!  As when I began to grow in God, it was in that intimate place between He and me where I found my purpose!!  Little did I know that all things were really working together for my good, yes the Good & the BAD…as God used everything I went through which became Imani Phi Christ which then lead to Imani Life Transformations and hence we are all here together on this blog!  So as we look at I am CONVINCED this week… think about this – where does your confidence come from?  How can you grow in confidence, in your faithfulness in God?  Over the coming weeks we will explore this thing called faith as we work on each of us becoming CONVINCED! Not conceited but self assured of who God is and who he created each of us to be!  When you realize this you are creating your very own blessed assurance.  You are creating your story, your song as you walk in your relationship with the Almighty.

 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest

the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission

to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

 -Marianne Williamson

Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech

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