When everything around you is falling, what do you know for sure? How do you exercise faith when everything feels uncertain?
God’s word never fails. God fleshes out his truth in our lives through Jesus’ work on the cross and applies it to our everyday circumstances. He has promised that he will never back down from a promise.
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19)
We do well when we remember his faithfulness to us, especially in those seasons when we know we didn’t deserve it.
Dave Curlee is an ordinary guy. He’s a college dropout who’s been laid off more than once. Yet, his story is made extraordinary as he rehearses the profound ways God has moved throughout his life.
Dave is a model for us all to follow. He remembers the dates and times when God showed up. He tells those stories to his kids, his friends and now he shares them with us.
By listening to Dave, perhaps you can learn to exercise faith as you realize you also have an extraordinary God story (or two or three) to tell.
ABOUT THIS SHOW:
- Dave rehearses God’s faithfulness in his dating relationship
- Dave remembers how God provided direction when he was without work
- Dave recounts how he ignored God’s promptings and then the joyful way God brought a dream into reality with Church Training Academy
HOW TO EXERCISE FAITH IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
#1: Remember God’s promises
If you’re like many, you may start the day by reading God’s word. You know it’s a good thing to do. But do you remind yourself of God’s promises throughout the day. Have you memorized God’s word so you can bring it to mind when you’re in the middle of a stormy conversation with your boss? Do you regularly and systematically rehearse God’s promises that He reveals in scripture? Hopefully, your church helps you in this practice through the systematic reading and preaching of God’s Word.
#2: Rehearse God’s faithfulness to you
Whenever God does something powerful in your life, whether big or small, write it down. Put it somewhere that you can read regularly. Share those stories with your wife, your children, your extended family, your church family, and with anyone willing to listen.
#3: Create visual milestones
Sometimes God does such powerful miracles in our lives that we need to create visual reminders otherwise we might find it to be a fantasy. When Israel crossed the Jordan and entered the promised land, God told them to place 12 large stones as a memorial so everytime they went back to look at it they would see a tribute to God’s provision, protection, and direction as they wandered in the desert for 40 years and then conqured the Promised Land.
The emblem of a cross is a reminder for all of us that Jesus took our sins with him to the cross. We no longer need to make sin offerings because Jesus made the sacrifice once and for all.
What stories do you want to remember about God? What milestone markers can you create for yourself?
ABOUT DAVE CURLEE:
Dave Curlee is the founder of Church Training Academy. He helped produce podcasts for people like Luria Petrucci and Andrew Lock. Learn more about Dave here.
You can also follow his page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDaveCurlee/
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Story referenced about Leslie Samuel
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