“But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” Jude 1:20-21, NIV
I found this verse yesterday on a search, and it spoke to me then. Now, I’m trying to remember what I was thinking of when I read it. I can tell you that it’s been a great week for me, spiritually speaking. And here’s how it came about.
It was an extremely busy week. So many things were (some still are) happening or being required of me all at once. I touched on that in my previous post. However, instead of becoming overwhelmed and going into survival mode, I decided to stay the course. Survival mode would have meant only doing what I absolutely needed to do until the schedule cleared a bit. Which would have meant not writing, at least for a few days. Instead, on Tuesday I made a decision to write anyway, as I had committed to doing. It was a good decision that resulted in a new blog post, and I felt that I had made the right decision. Somehow everything that needed to get done, did get done. I clearly saw that God would be faithful in making my schedule work if I stayed faithful in my commitments.
Turns out that was only the tip of the iceberg. I sat down to write the next day, and discovered that I had inspiration to work on my manuscript in progress after several weeks of not being able to do so and approaching it each day with dread and writer’s block. I knew that if I had not been faithful to write on Tuesday, this would not have happened. My spiritual senses were on high alert, and I felt strongly that this was the case. Also, I knew that I would probably be working on a blog post that day if I had not posted the day before, which confirmed that the spiritual tug I had felt was correct. My act of faithfulness the day before had very clearly enabled my progress today–progress that has continued through the rest of the week as ideas have flowed freely.
This is the inspiration I’m taking from the above verses. When we act in faithfulness, God responds with even greater faithfulness. Praying in the Holy Spirit, we find the strength and courage to make our faith real, to act as though God’s promises are true. Then we find out just how true they are! That’s what kind of week this has been for me, and I pray that you will also find a step to take that will lead to a great response from God.
I praise Him for taking my mustard seed of faith and growing it exponentially through His goodness and grace.