If you cannot speak your reality or if you allow others to shut down your voice because they do not want to accept your reality, that is about fear, NOT faith. Some folks shake and quake at the thought that anything bad could ever approach their life or the lives of those they love. Oh, no! Don’t speak negativity within my earshot. It is as though everything spoken can be used by the devil to destroy them and to that I say, “Greater is the God in me than he that is in the world!” My reality does not define me. God does. I can accept, process and endure all things because of HIM.
When a Warrior goes onto the battle field, they are fully prepared for anything that may come against them. They armour up and go! Bullets whizzing past them so close they can split hairs, mine fields exploding with deadly intention all around, hand grenades being lobbed willy-nilly in their direction and yet they continuously move forward. If they give up ground or cower in ditches? They lose. If they do not maintain their wits, their skills, their armour, their strengths? Catastrophic loss. They don’t gain ground by saying, “We are not in a battle. We are not fighting. This is not happening!” They know their reality, embrace it, and fight. Anything less? Unacceptable to a Warrior.
If we fear “negative confessions” and embrace “positive confessions” whether they are true or untrue based only on positive or negative, we live in a fool’s paradise. We think the tongue has all the control but we do so in error. Just as the natural tongue is useless without the brain, the tongue of a Christian is controlled by the heart. Out of the abundance of the heart, the tongue is in motion. If your heart is not in the right place? Your utterances will follow. If your heart is striving to follow God your words will prove that out as well. Failure to accept the truth of your situation does not make you a superior Christian who is above all others. It does not mean you have superior faith. It simply means you are fearful.
In Matthew the sixteenth chapter, Jesus began to try to prepare the disciples for what was to come. He told them of HIS future suffering and eventual death and resurrection. Peter came up for air and said, “No, Lord. Don’t even speak such negativity. This is not what will happen.” What did Jesus say? “Get thee behind me, satan. You offend me with your inability to accept what is happening. You are now a stumbling block. You have become a dangerous trap to me. You are focused on how man feels and not on what God desires.” God’s divine plans always supercede man’s ideals and hopes and are far beyond our conception. We think in the finite and HE thinks in the infinite. We think from a humanistic point of view, HIS is divine. We want what’s easy, HE wants what’s best.
Jesus realized the importance of situational clarity when he told the disciples that Lazarus “sleepeth”. John 11:11. The disciples said, “Oh, well, if he is just sleeping, your beloved friend will be just fine.” Jesus realized when he said sleep, they thought sleep as in well-deserved nap to refresh. He had to be specific and tell them that Lazarus was dead. Then they understood clearly. Rose tinted lenses do not serve God’s purpose. If we cannot look at a situation or issue or health crisis for what it is? I submit to you that it is fear, not faith.
I happen to believe if you are going to speak to the mountain, you first must see the mountain and know it is a mountain. Saying it is not a mountain does not make the climb any easier. It does not change the fact that you are in the valley. It does not lesson the size of the issue you are facing. A mountain is a mountain is a mountain. If God does not see fit to move it, HE will help me climb it. If I am not ready yet to climb, HE will stay in the valley with me until it’s time to climb. HE is God of all things in my life and HE is still on the throne, whether HE is removing the mountain, stretching out HIS hand to aid in the climbing, or holding me close while I remain in the valley. I still see the mountain. I just happen to believe HE is with me no matter where I am in life and I embrace HIS perfect will in every aspect.
Don’t get it twisted ~ The acceptance of my human frailties allows me to fully appreciate, articulate, and embrace God’s omnipotence, HIS omniscience and HIS omnipresence. I do not run away scared. I run to HIM who has all the answers when I do not. Understanding what is happening to me with the Alzheimer’s and the COPD to name a couple, is not a failure in my spiritual walk. It simply encourages me to rest in HIM and know that HE is and always will be in control! I trust HIM! “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” Psalm 56:3,4. God does not expect us to be perfect because HE knows we are not. HE knows we have fears. But HE does expect us to be honest when we come to HIM. And HE desires for us to trust HIM. Working daily to trust HIM more!
My tongue speaks because of what is in my heart. My tongue does not have a mind of it’s own and neither does it have the power to control my destiny. My relationship with God, HIS place in my heart controls my tongue and it’s ability. And when my tongue can no longer speak those words? It’s not because of my heart. It is because my mind cannot find the words to express what’s in my heart. It will not change my heart. It will not change my love for HIM and it will never define me. God defines me. My belief in HIM to see me through defines me! God is able when I am not, because HE IS ALL THAT!! (And a bag of chips.)
I may have Alzheimer’s and COPD, but they don’t have me. God does!