Faith it or Fake it? I have to admit I don't like being lied to. It's like running a relay race and having your partner suddenly stop short - it throws you off, and you can fall right over - literally, and yet, we're lied to or misled all the time...
That Bachelor show keeps swearing all the candidates are happily married with kids, but I'm not buying it. KFC just had a kidney found in their 100% chicken. Yes, I'm sure because it was from a chicken that doesn't count, but you get the idea. We're also at times, lied to as Christians - a lot! No one tells us that we will have burdens to carry or that we will have mud spit into our eyes so we can see. It's a tough road. Whenever I watch TD Jakes, I always wondered why he had so many security guards stationed at the front of the church like secret service or SWAT clergy at the altar call, then I started my prayer card ministry and the atheists started picking at us, the witches started emailing us their opinion, and man, it just makes you say, Thank God we know Jesus and are covered in the Blood of Our Precious Lord! Fix it Jesus for the battle is not ours...
One of the reasons I wanted to give out Prayer Cards was so people wouldn't feel helpless sitting in church like they didn't have God to help them. I wanted them to have a scripture like a Monopoly Get out of Jail Free Card that says, "King Jesus, Admit 1 Please," or "Saved by Grace. Collect $200." It's hard though when you get hit with the reality that the Christian life can be very hard because people tell you to count it all joy, name it and claim it, only speak life, etc. Well, I'm just saying, I'm glad I know Jesus will always make the way, always help in times of trouble and always send a sign, open a window or a door. I just don't like when it looks fake.
Sometimes we get so caught up in faithing it by mouth (declaring that which is not), that we forget to have real conversations with people. Like you never want your kids to see your suffer, right? So you go about hiding the truth about bills and stress from them but how will they know how to pay bills and manage with their own stress and mortgage? I watched my mom suffer and one thing I can tell you is I know how to make soup from a can and make it last and I know how to steam lobster dipped in butter. Funny Story: A few years ago when I was forced to leave my job, my mom was staying with me, so to make the food stretch, I swapped out my mom's cereal for generic and watered down the OJ to make it last longer...It was weeks before she knew! By then the orange juice was like a light orange before she started fussing and caught on... I'm just saying, Tough times never last, but tough people do!
When you speak to and counsel people, let them know that no matter how hard the circumstance, God will always deliver them from every fowler's snare and noisesome pestilence, but they may be hit with things from left field. Saul attacked David and tried to kill him more than once. Joseph's brothers reported him dead. Didn't make it onto ABC News with David Muir, but still. The point is, God allows us to go through these battles so we can see Him deliver us and know that we will always come out BETTER with Christ in our lives.
I keep mentioning my favorite show on Fox, American Grit and I can't get the one statement out of my head. The Navy Seal trainer says, "We take them to their lowest breaking point so we can show them how to get through and build them up as a team." The show is amazing because they intentionally break people down to the point of collapse - not saying that we are masochists for Christ. On the contrary, we are allowing God to break the flesh out of us as Paul described, so we can then rise up in the spirit and see our help comes from the Lord.
Share your stories, talk about your battle wounds and scars, give your TESTimony, and let people know that honestly, the Christian walk can sometimes be difficult, trying and hard, but God will never leave you there - and here's the main point to all of this... Don't stop at that lowest point or you'll miss the blessing when He pulls you out. You're not a still birth. You are a new creation in Christ Jesus and old things are passed away. Just like that placenta is no longer needed, your flesh won't need whatever it was clinging to! Hallelujah to God for deliverance! Let the name of the Lord be praised!