Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Whole Heart Faith

Hey friends! I'm going to take a break for the next few days and wanted to tell you about it. So I decided rather than "reinvent the wheel" I would repost something I wrote for my own blog over at Your Word is Life this morning.

I'm praying for you all and can't wait to hear all about how God is working and moving in each of our lives as we seek His Face and encourage one another with what He says to each of our hearts!


by Dori Cook

I know that on yesterday's post I said I would be taking a break from online activity. And I guess by writing this I may be breaking that fast. But the truth is that I have agreed with my friend, Leigh, to participate in her Whole Heart Faith Challenge. And her Whole Heart Faith Challenge and my Whole Heart Faith Thing goes along with this computer fast that God has called me to this week. And so after I hit "publish" on this post, my aim is to walk in obedience to the fast that God has called me to for this week.

I told Leigh this morning that my Whole Heart Faith "Thing" was going to be the idleness that I have experienced for some time that has turned into "idolness." Now, I'm not sure that "idolness" is a word, but work with me here.

The idolness of idleness is a contributing factor to every other form of idolatry in our lives. Think about it.

When I'm idle...

...I watch too much tv.
...Spend too much time on the computer.
...Spend too much money.
...Ignore important things that need to be done around the house.
...Eat too much.
...Exercise too little.
...Ignore important relationships that need nurturing.
...Miss opportunities to follow where God is working.
...Dwell on negative attitudes and thought patterns.

The list goes on, but the most important thing that suffers when I'm idle is...

...I don't spend enough time in prayer and Bible study.

And I feel it. So over the next few days, weeks and perhaps months. I'm going to seek God's face like never before and ask Him to make me useful, productive and on task for Him. Laying aside the idolness of idleness, I'm believing God for a radical change in my heart and in my life.

I opened up my e-mail inbox this morning to make sure there were no pressing work-related items there and I saw a post from Proverbs 31 Ministries. It reminded me of this passage in Numbers:

"…Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach them with a blue cord. When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord..." Numbers 15: 38b & 39a (NLT)

Just like Leigh decided that she would show you her scales so you could see how much her idol weighs, I want to have a tangible, visible reminder of this walk of Whole Heart Faith. When I read the scripture above I was reminded of the little blue cords that we wore around our wrists during the Believing God study by Beth Moore. I'm tying mine on today to remind me of the benefits of being busy for God and the hurtful results of idleness or "idolness."

Will you join me? What is something that God is calling you to have a Whole Heart Faith over? Pop over to Leigh's blog to read her heart on the matter. You can read her introduction HERE and read her Whole Heart Faith, Week 1 post HERE.

Just like I told a friend a moment ago in an e-mail, the times are precarious. Everywhere I turn, my faith is being challenged by a world that wants to discount the power that our Creator God has over His very own creation. I need all of the reminders I can get to be radical, sold-out, whole heartedly steeped in, drenched in an "if I perish, I perish" kind of faith!

To walk it with friends -- both those down the street and those here on the internet -- is precious! Let's do this and let's encourage one another!

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:23-25)

Waiting on Him,

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