The below posting is from my service at Church this morning. "So much more powerful when spoken, than read here. The Holy Spirt was "PRESENT."
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Why is it that, whenever things get hard for us, or circumstances get unpleasant, that we abandon our trust that God is:
a) with us
b) leading us
c) going somewhere good with us?
Read that again and replace the us, we and our with me, I and my...
Belief manifests itself by holding tenaciously to God's perspective on the circumstances. "I refuse to conclude that God is absent from, uninvolved in, or inadequate for this situation. I insist that He is HERE, He is INVOLVED, He is ADEQUATE."
Belief manifests itself by OUTWARD actions that show respect for God's wishes (obedience). I will make my life decisions about how to behave based upon what God says He desires for me and from me.
Belief (faith/trust) leads to LIFE; Unbelief leads to DEATH.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (excerpts)