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Monday’s Blog: Ignite The Fire In Your Spirit – Dare To BELIEVE!

But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

—Jeremiah 20:9

Before we continue our series, I want to announce the Kindle version for my book “You Can Have a Happy Family” will be FREE on Amazon Wednesday and Thursday (2/8-2/9) to celebrate National Marriage Week. If you know anyone who needs encouragement in their marriage, please spread the word by using the share tab below.

We continue our series today on igniting the fire in our spirits. You can  follow this link if you missed any posts in this series.

This week I feel led to talk about unbelief since it’s the main cause of unfulfillment in the body of Christ. Unbelief is like a fire extinguisher. Nothing will put out the fire in our spirits quicker than unbelief.

Since following Christ, God has continued to work with me on my attitude. Just when I think I’ve got it all together, God shows me a part of my attitude that still needs to change. Lately God has been showing me that the root cause of a bad attitude is unbelief. My pastor shared a similar message yesterday about how bad behaviors are caused by bad beliefs. He said behind every self-defeating behavior is a lie that we are believing. And to stop defeating ourselves we must stop deceiving ourselves.

My neighbor is a Christian, but she’s always very doom and gloom. She has some medical problems, and her husband is in a nursing home. When I saw her last week, I asked how her husband was doing. She kind of rolled her eyes and said, “He’ll never get better.” So I asked how she was doing. She said she had to go for surgery in a couple days and she seemed pessimistic they would find cancer.

To try to lift her spirit, I mentioned some miracles I’ve seen God do in people’s lives. I shared how some have gone to the hospital for surgery and were sent home because the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with them. I thought she would disregard what I said, but surprisingly, she recalled the same thing happened to her father when he was scheduled for cataracts surgery years ago. She said the doctor sent him home because they couldn’t find anything wrong with his eyes.

By drawing her attention away from her problem and encouraging her to focus on what God could do, I believe it sparked a little faith in her heart. The day after her scheduled surgery, I sent her a text asking how she was doing. Amazingly, instead of being negative, she said she was doing well, and thanked God that there was no cancer!

Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

—John 11:40

Sometimes we say we believe God, but our actions tell Him differently. When we murmur and complain to everyone about our problems, we are telling God we don’t trust Him. When we handle our problems our way instead of God’s way, we are telling God our plan is better than His. When we complain to God, begging Him to answer our prayers, we are telling Him we don’t trust He will.

I used to be the queen of doubt. It used to drive my husband crazy. He would always say, “How could you have so much faith at one moment and then when circumstances change you lose it, just like that?” I’d read a passage in the Bible, get all excited and tell my husband how much I trusted God. No sooner would I share it with him, than I’d get tested with a trial that related to the verse and quickly lose faith.

James 1:5-8 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Why is it so hard for us to believe God will answer our prayers? I believe the main reason is because the world tells us different. The world’s ways are contrary to God’s ways. It’s sometimes hard to believe God’s promises when we are constantly bombarded with deception.

It’s been almost three years since God called me to the ministry of writing. The devil has sent a lot of deception and people to come against me to try and stop me. In the last year, it’s been a struggle to keep my faith with so many voices telling me different.

My husband has been supportive for the most part. Yet lately I’ve felt as though he thinks I am wasting time and money writing, because he hasn’t seen any fruit from it yet. To avoid hurting our relationship, I have been trying to only write late at night when he’s asleep. I’ve stayed up as late as 5 in the morning to get my work done. It’s been difficult with having four young children to care for and homeschool.

In the last couple months I have been worn down and contemplating if it’s worth it. Over the weekend, while cleaning my house, I asked God to show me if I am in His will and if I am doing the right thing. I thought maybe I have been misled and I’m not in His will.

Later that evening, I was laying in bed with my husband when I asked him to pray with me. As he was about to pray, He remembered something that happened at work that day. His boss was talking to him, lining him up on a job, when all of a sudden my husband felt God say, “Support your wife and tell her she is doing the right thing.”

My husband was surprised. I was surprised too since I hadn’t told my husband my prayer. God caught my husband’s attention, so He could deliver a message to him and answer my prayer!

God is amazing! He truly hears and answers our prayers. We don’t need to worry and doubt God. We need to simply believe Him.

Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

—Mark 11:22-24

Whatever problem you are facing today, God has the solution. Stand on God’s promises even if everyone around you is telling you there’s no hope for your situation. Keep rejoicing in God’s Word and trust in His faithfulness. As you trust Him, He’ll ignite a fire in your spirit, and nothing the devil throws at you will be able to extinguish it!

 

Heavenly Father,

We praise You that You hear and answer our prayers. We praise You that even when we don’t know what to pray, You know what we need. Help us overcome any unbelief and doubt we may have. Help us to stand on Your promises, and trust the Word that goes out from Your mouth will not return to You void, but will accomplish what You desire. It will achieve the purpose for which You sent it (Isaiah 55:11). You are faithful to Your Word.

 In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

 

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Do you have a story you would like to share about a prayer God has answered?

Do you want to share a special miracle you have witnessed in your life or the lives of others?

 

I would love to hear your stories. I will be using some of them in my next book: Escaping Boredom In Christianity.

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17 comments on “Monday’s Blog: Ignite The Fire In Your Spirit – Dare To BELIEVE!

  1. Mark Hunter on said:

    Hi Amanda,

    Wow perfect timing for this post. Deception and distractions had been really causing me some significant problems in the last three to four days. I found some alone time with God and he helped me refocus my mind on what truly matters. Keeping my faith at all costs and trusting in him. I just wrote about something similar in my own blog from a personal perspective. It’s got me thinking, after reading your post, about how things seem to work in our world. There seem to be almost regular “spasms” of deception and distraction that ripple out amongst humanity from the hand of Satan. The intention of these ripples seem to be in bringing down as many Christians as possible by dis-uniting us as we all battle almost alone against them. It takes a strong faith to resist even being slightly affected by these waves. This is why church was such a rock for me this Sunday. I needed a shelter amongst the storm raging around me.

  2. Amanda Beth on said:

    Great comment, Mark! I’m actually going to be talking about unity in the body of Christ and how we need each other. Isolation is dangerous for a Christian. I’ve learned that from my own experience with it. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. You’re always a blessing to hear from. Have a wonderful week! God bless you:)

  3. Mark Hunter on said:

    Oh hey… I received your book in the post this morning, and have started to read it already! I am only a few pages in but already i found an excellent sentence i have highlighted so I don’t forget it (about God being the only thing that can fill the void in our lives). When i read it i realised just how inspiring that was.

    I have been writing something myself in the background and getting your book has inspired me to push that into overdrive. Even if I don’t publish it just writing it is cathartic and good for the spirit. You should be extremely proud of your book. I can already see that It is a polished, professional and very well written piece of work. I will be writing a review soon to go onto Amazon and LinkedIn. God bless you and the message you send out to everyone. Keep up the excellent work and, although i am only a short while in, i am already looking forward to your next book with great anticipation.

  4. Amanda Beth on said:

    Wow, thank you for the encouragement Mark! I pray for your writing. I know God has given you a special gift. I can’t wait to see what He has planned for you!! I look forward to your review. Please feel free to be honest in your review, good or bad. I learn a lot from the negative reviews. Blessings to you:)

  5. Chuck Balsamo on said:

    Amanda, I agree with your brilliant husband… you are doing the RIGHT things every single day of your life. The light you are casting on this dark world is unbelievable! I know what you’re talking about though, that feeling the DEVIL plants in the mind that says, you should do anything but WHAT YOU’RE doing. He does this because, he REALLY wants us to stop undoing so much of the pain and destruction he is causing in the world. I also agree with you about the importance of FAITH. Let’s keep moving the mountains in alliance with the other mountain movers in our lives. We ARE making a difference, no matter what the “voices” may say. I’m praying for your continued success… and I still see “best selling author,” when I look into your future. Your influence is increasing… and it will continue to do so, until you are impacting more people than you ever imagined! Have a beautiful day. :)

  6. Amanda Beth on said:

    Awesome, Chuck! You are an amazing child of God! I love your uplifting spirit. You shine a light wherever you go. Thank you for your encouragement, soon to be best-selling author of “Make Me A Legend!” :) Bless you!

  7. Terry Palmer on said:

    Thank you for the question. I wouldn’t be writing today if God didn’t put on the brakes in my life. For I was striving without God, doing my own thing in a spiritual desert, void of his Spirit. Then, in an instant, through a damaged neck, shoulder, arm, and hand, God shook up my life. Praise Him for doing so, because on this side of all that, He brought me Passion for writing, not a simple story, but of His Passion for reaching the lost through story form, for He is Light and in Him is no darkness at all. For chaos is coming, indeed is knocking at the door, so prepare ye the way, prepare, for God is looking for the faithful to stand in faith for Him. That is the message Jesus gave me to write and write I am doing as fast as my fingers and thoughts can follow His Lead. Pray, for the first of three books is done and ready for His Hand to move. Bring on the darkness…

  8. Hi Amanda,Thank you for all the time you have put in to help and encourage others.As it is written,ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER DAILY.Your labour is NOT in vain.God is working and changing lives.The Holy Spirit enables us to abide in him,and will never lead us in the wrong direction.God works all things together for good to those who love him.One thing we do,forgetting what is behind and pressing on.We can boldly say the Lord is my helper.Please continue to keep me in your prayers that my fellowship-relationship with Jesus would be strong.in every way.You have the gift of encouragement.I think thats awesome.Love Ruth.

  9. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Terry! Thanks for stopping by:) What a wonderful testimony! It’s in the darkest times that we seem to look to God the most. He is faithful to bring us out of darkness and give us a passion to testify to the lost. Thanks for sharing your testimony. Blessings to you:)

  10. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Ruth! It’s so nice to hear from you! Thank you for all the encouragement. What a blessing you are! I will continue to pray for your fellowship with the Lord. God is going to ignite a fire in your spirit. Just watch and see! God bless you:)

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  12. Glen Adams on said:

    My mountain looks huge when I stop and look st it. After two back surgeries, unable to work, no job, on income,legal issues with workers comp. Keeping my focus on Jesus, spending time in worship each morning keeps me from seeing how big the mountain is. I will worship till it all works out.

  13. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hello Glen:) I know you’ve been through a lot lately. Through your trials will come great blessings. The Apostle Paul said, “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10). God is working something wonderful in you through this trial!

    I read a great message in the book “Make Me a Legend” by pastor and author, Chuck Balsamo. Chuck stated, “Whatever fails to kill us makes us better and stronger! Adversity isn’t supposed to be the end of us; it is merely the backdrop of our defining moments. When we face challenges, our smoldering greatness has a chance to flash out for all to see. So guess what, my friend? Those excruciating challenges you’ve been protesting all this time are not going to kill you! In fact, they have been sent to showcase your greatness! Just hold on and you’ll see. Everything is really working out to your advantage, and after God gets finished turning the current hellish trial into your next big win, the devil will wish he had never laid eyes on you. If he had only known how you would come through this fiery furnace with a hefty promotion, he would have never thrown you down into the flames!”

    I just love that message!:) I can’t wait to see what God has planned for you and your wife. Blessings and prayers to you:) God bless!

  14. Amanda,
    Please stay faithful in the work and writing you are doing! God really has gifted you unusually with a spirit of encouragement and exhortation. Your writing conveys this, and your enthusiasm for and reliance on the Lord is contagious! To sum it up: don’t quit! “Run with perseverance the race set out before you.” You may need to slow down sometimes or modify your game plan, but I believe you’re on the right path.
    Blessings,
    Ann

  15. Amanda Beth on said:

    Hi Ann:) Thank you for your encouragement and wonderful advice! I will not quit. God won’t let me:) He always knows how to let me know that.
    I’ll be posting one of your messages this week. I’ll try to email you tonight. Have a wonderful day:) God bless!

  16. Kerry Johnson on said:

    Hi Amanda,
    So good, as usual. :) I’m so thankful for your humble, teaching spirit and that you give all the glory to God. I greatly appreciate you and the words He’s given you to share with others. One of the sweetest miracles God blessed Trevor and I with is an answer to a simple, non-life-threatening prayer for our older son, Cole. I blogged about it here. http://candidkerry.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/wart-worry/
    Recently, 5 yr old Chase had a boo-boo on his lip that was taking a long time to heal. Trev and I were humbled when he asked if we could pray for it to heal. Our son reminded us the best thing to do! Pray in faith. And God’s faithfulness reaches to the heavens. Chase’s lips was nearly perfect the next morning. God is so good beyond what we can ask or imagine.
    Keep pressing, my friend. I appreciate you very much!
    Kerry

  17. Amanda Beth on said:

    Kerry, what a wonderful story! It’s that childlike faith our kids often remind us of. Thanks for sharing that. And thanks for encouraging words. You are always such a blessing! I’m heading over to your blog:) God bless!

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