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When the Reality we see is not Reality

Added by Holger Bergner on February 27, 2013. · No Comments · Share this Post

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The Lord might want you to break loose and see “His Reality”. Don’t look at the walls you’re encased in, thinking, “Thus far and no further—that’s all I really can do.” Break a hole in the limitations you’ve put around yourself, and face the light in the sky above! That’s really where you can reach to, with God and His power. Reach for the stars and let nothing stop you!

Compiled by H. Bergner:

Sometimes our desire to want to be realistic, to not get our hopes up, to not have unrealistic or unrealized dreams, becomes a lack of faith in God’s power to change things for the better. It’s good to be a realist to some degree, so that we don’t have unrealistic expectations of ourselves, or others, or of life in general; yet on the other hand, too much realism can lead to negativity, discouragement, and feelings of defeat, even depression.

Introspection and dwelling on your weaknesses could lead you to “realistically” conclude that you’re a hopeless wreck. Picking apart your gifts and talents could lead you to conclude that you should be replaced by someone better. Looking at your personal situation with a negative frame of mind can bring a cloud of despair over your soul. It’s not good to conclude that good things won’t happen to you, simply because you’re being overly “realistic” to the point of negativity. Lack of hope and faith dries up the soul and spirit.

Have hope in God, your rock, your salvation and your strength. For if you place your hope and faith in Him, He will honor your trust and will not disappoint it.

Believe in God and in His power to answer your prayers—whether for your personal needs, the needs of your loved ones, or others around the world. Believe in Him and His power to supply, to heal, to deliver, to minister spiritually. Don’t let your prayers become an exercise in vain repetition because of your lack of faith. Don’t let situations that haven’t turned out as you expected cause you to lose faith in prayer, because prayer does work, and God answers prayer.—Not always in the way you were hoping or anticipating, but He does move and work on your behalf and He answers.

Fight against the seeds of doubt that the enemy of your soul tries to plant in your life to make you feel that because of the way so-and-so turned out, or the way such-and-such worked out, that God doesn’t have the power to change things, and that the things of His Spirit—prayer, His Word, His still small voice in your heart and your mind—are not all they’re cracked up to be. These means of accessing God’s power and overcoming are real and they do work, and the more you put them to use in your life, the greater your power to rise above obstacles will be.

Strengthen yourself in His Word and in faith. Fortify your faith against the negativity, doubt, and skepticism you face. To often we ponder upon our negative thoughts, give the obstacles and circumstances a fair hearing and strive to see things realistically. Yet there are times when the reality we see is not reality.

The eternal reality lies within God and His promises. Don’t limit Him. Don’t let your present circumstances limit your faith, if He has shown you that He wants to bless you with more. Fight to hold on to your faith and to cherish your connection with Him so that you may have the strength to fight the battle, to defy the odds, to rise above.

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The Lord might want you to break loose. Don’t look at the walls you’re encased in, thinking, “Thus far and no further—that’s all I really can do.” Break a hole in the limitations you’ve put around yourself, and face the light in the sky above! That’s really where you can reach to, with God and His power. Reach for the stars and let nothing stop you!

Let Him bolster your faith and give you courage to reach what He knows to be attainable for you, though it may seem so far for you to reach. He can give you the faith to face anything that you have to encounter, and the wherewithal to see it through.

Men or women who wither in the face of that which they think is unattainable may never get to see triumph. They may see triumph one day through another who fought a battle they chose to pass up.

Faith in God to see you through all impossibilities builds the muscles of the men and women of faith, and you will go on to see yet greater impossibilities conquered.

Courage is a result of faith that you can live your potential, that you can overcome. And when it’s done, your faith grows yet more—and thus the willingness to conquer in faith yet greater obstacles. Such are God’s men and women of faith—going forth, with Him beside them, conquering and to conquer the unknown.

Compiled from various missionary training courses and guides.

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