We love to play this game. We make decisions on it. We give up because of it. We allow fear and doubt to win because of it. We miss out on victory because of it. It is the “what if” game.
What if I don’t receive healing? What if I have another miscarriage? What if I am consumed with bitterness after I forgive? What if they think I condone it? What if I tithe and then can’t pay my bills? What if I can’t support my family? What if I have another child and can’t give them what they need? What if my health declines? What if my children grow up and resent me? What if my time with God makes my children feel less than? What if I give money to him and he keeps asking for more? What if I forgive him and he does it to me again? What if I give her a hug and she refuses it? What if she doesn’t like me?
But I challenge you to play the opposite what if game. The “what if” game that believes God. The “what if” game that says the Bible is the true Word of God. The “what if” game that reminds you that God is faithful.
What if you are healed through faith in Christ? What if you refuse to be defeated with fear and anxiety and have a healthy pregnancy and get to hold your baby? What if forgiveness sets you free? What if you illogically love someone to Christ? What if your provision is directly tied to your tithing? What if you have another child and trust God to provide and He provides even more? What if you become healthier as you get older? What if your children grow up to love and follow God? What if you forgive him and he sees Christ in you and gives his life to God? What if you give someone money and they turn to Christ because they saw Christ in your generosity? What if you walk up to her and your hug sets her free? What if the woman you think doesn’t like you is afraid you don’t like her and is waiting for you to say hi? What if my time with God spurs my children into a relationship with Christ?
Too many times in this life we are waiting on God. When in reality God is waiting for us. He is waiting for us to ACT. To act in faith. To act in obedience. It is in our actions that we prove our faith. If we truly believe what His Word says, we will live like it. We will do it. If we truly believe God is who He says He is in the Bible, we will be the salt of the earth. We will be world changers on mission for Christ. We will be contagious to those around us. We will be fearless and fear and doubt will no longer hold us captive.
I don’t know about you, but I have to stop playing the “what if” game and start saying…BUT what if God is God. What if God really does desire to meet our needs. To heal us. To deliver us. To free us. To bless us. To forgive us. To save us. To comfort us. To reveal to us. To speak to us. To love on us. To direct us.
What if we are the ONLY one standing in the way? What if we stopped blaming God and started looking internally? What if we stopped relentlessly doubting and fearing the opposite and just relentlessly believed in the Word? Keep persevering. You never give up on your dreams…so don’t stop pursuing the things of God. Victory is right around the corner.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”
By: Karissa Collins
“My name is Karissa Collins. I’m a mom of seven. Anissa 8, Andrae 6, Annistan 5, Anjalie 4, Andersyn 2, Aynjel 1 and Ansyr 4 months. I’m first a child of God that puts Christ before my family. I’ve been married 11 years. God revealed His desire to us ten years ago to trust Him in our family size and every day He confirms it more and more. My ministry is to share God’s heart for life and His desire to bless us beyond our imagination.”
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