Faith: Are you walking in line with God's will?

| November 2008

'My thoughts are completely different from yours,' says the Lord. 'And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.' - Isaiah 55:8-9, New Living Translation

If I could pick the single most important key to living a successful Christian life it would be this: Get with God's program.

Many years ago I was caught in a financial pickle. I was in constant fear of being taken to court. I had the answer. I asked God to give me the money to pay my creditors in one lump sum. I didn't know where the money would come from -- I just knew God could do it. You see, I was afraid. I'd never gone through anything like this before and I wanted to get out of this mess in a hurry.

But God had other plans. His desire, as always, was to bring me closer to Him - to bring me to a higher place of trust. For starters, He wanted to deliver me from fear. One night the Lord spoke to me during a worship service. I came to understand that my fear was completely unwarranted. God was in control and nothing could happen without His say so. That message brought me great comfort.

Secondly, God wanted to show me that He has many ways of solving a problem. I limited God by praying for the money to come in all at once. Over the months God helped me overcome my money challenges using a method I would never have thought of.

How easy it is to latch on to a certain thought and be tempted to believe that if a matter isn't solved in that particular way, it's not going to get taken care of.

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