I Am A Believer

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Okay, so as I was riding on the motorcycle, I heard something. If anxiety is unbelief, then what is it that I am actively believing in? Humans by nature will believe in something, even if that something is false. I am a believer. It is just how we were made.

So, if anxiety is unbelief in God’s ability to live my life, what do I believe in?  Hardship! Anxiety is faith in difficulty and struggle. It says that life will always be hard or impossible. It’s a false faith. And as I have shown, we will even create situations to prove our case. We will manufacture calamity in our life circumstances to support our anxiety. It’s like a “virgin into the volcano” act of worship.

If I believe in trouble, hardship, and difficulty, I will bring it about. I will not be wrong. It’s crazy, right?  Why would I purposely sabotage the course of my life? To support my god.

It is like an Eeyore spirit, but not as cute: ever the pessimist about all of life. Not only is it my view, but also it becomes my reality.  Actually, the frightening thing with this is, even if there isn’t true calamity, faith makes us blind to reality. We will believe in the difficulty, there or not. This is the power of faith!

Now, I’m not shoving ice picks in my tires or lighting my unfiled taxes on fire.  No, it’s less obvious than that. It’s like my example of the woman who thinks it’s a good idea to remodel her house in the middle of planning for her daughter’s wedding.  It’s putting undue pressure on yourself. It is subtle choices that bring about deliberate chaos.

God will so perfectly lay out our tasks in the Spirit. It’s like a road map with landmarks, asking you to invite Him in to perform your life. Christ’s course is His will and choice. But when we take control and pop a wheelie, God help us!  Listening to the whispers of the flesh will make for dire deals.

For it is God who works in you,
both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Philippians 2:13

Life is an invitation for God’s participation.  We have the unique ability to choose for ourselves whether or not He is given permission to function.  It is all set up for us to yield to His life.

So, the false faith of anxiety feeds on tension, while Christ’s life is about rest.  It’s not just an option; it is how to live.  When you lay these two side by side, it all comes down to one fact: anxiety is rebellion.  Either Christ lives my life and I enter His rest, or I give the reins to anxiety and live in torment.

Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still stands,
let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.

Hebrews 4:1

Comments:

Posted by Linda Shimp
August 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Thank you John! OH MY!!! Another revelation!

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Posted by Brenda
August 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

So so so true of me. Thank you John for sharing not only what you hear, but the revelation that comes from it.

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Posted by Irene Respess
August 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

What amazing insights the Holy Spirit has given you. Job 3:25 comes to mind in this regard. This principle can be applied to so many areas of my life where I have believed a lie instead Jesus’ words – the truth. My actions follow what I believe. Thank you for your transparency in sharing. Your words always encourage me to go deeper into all that Jesus has for me in His A undaunted life.

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Posted by Jack
August 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

Mine started around age 4yrs. and I believe actually served a purpose because drunken step dads were completely unpredictable. So anxiety served to keep my senses alert to little changes in his behavior which might proceed into trouble for me. However what might have helped in that sitation, I clung to inappropriatly and applied to more and more situations until it finally became a way of life. A huge burden to me and mine.

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    Posted by John
    August 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Yes, Jack, I too used it as a survival tool and then it became a gargantuous monster that ate me up and those around me. As an unsaved child I did things to survive, although this is no excuse, just a reality. As I look at the fruit of my early anxiousness, I see clearly it was bad. He showed me that I am still personally responsible for all my sinful choices of anxiety even as an unbeliever. Thankfully I was saved and now I can lay aside flesh’s coping mechanisms and its devastating effects. Thank you so much for your comment and vulnerability!

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      Posted by John
      August 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you, for giving me a direction to go to in my next post.

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    Posted by Sam
    August 18, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Jack, recently I came around this, and when I read you I thought of you and this writing. God also calls them to repentance… else, woe to them! (copy and paste):

    http://shulamite.com/read/fresh-bread/801/little-ones-who-stumble/

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Posted by Susan
August 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

Abiding in the Vine, casting our cares upon Him, presenting our body as a living sacrifice, a work of grace, cease striving in the flesh and our works, holding fast to our confession (the word), expecting from Him only and entering God’s rest through faith. John, you are giving us a timely message for today and preparation for the days to come!

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Posted by Sam
August 15, 2013 at 5:26 am

Thank you!

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