Your Faith is Mixed if Your Doing This

Guy with PencilDo you have mixed faith?

Well, How do your prayers sound?

If your sending God mixed messages, it might look like this...

One anti-drug organization distributed some free pencils to schoolchildren. Sadly, it had the opposite effect than they intended.

Why?

The group passed out pencils with the printed message: "WAY TO COOL TO DO DRUGS."

Great message, right?

Yep. Until the pencil got sharpened. As the kiddos twiddled down their pencil points the message became: "COOL TO DO DRUGS."

Yeah, that's cool. And a little more pencil use plus a little more sharpening eventually made the message: "DO DRUGS."

Great. Same pencil. Mixed message. Time and use made the message evolve into something other than intended.

Does that ever happen to your faith? Or your prayers?

You start out with a faith filled prayer that covers all the bases. Then time starts to ware on that prayer. No answer twiddles away at your faith and you're left with less and less of it.

What does this sound like?

Though you prayed a powerful faith filled prayer, comments slip out of your mouth that are opposite of what you prayed for.

God, help us financially to meet our needs. But then weeks later, you're looking over your bills and you utter: "We'll never get out of debt!" If God is for us, why isn't he helping us?

Sure, you're frustrated, that's understandable. But you're sending a mixed faith signal up to the heavens.

Doesn't sound like you really believe God's gonna get you out of this mess, do you?

Or how about this: you're looking to passionately infuse your home with the love of Christ. You pray, "God, fill this place with your presence, let it overflow, let it ooze out of us on a daily basis."

Yeah, that's a nice mushy prayer. It'll work too, until you get sick and tired of your kids acting like hooligans, your spouse forgets to pick up the dry cleaning, and your car won't start because your teenager left the lights on all night.

Oh, and lets not forget the dog pooping all over the floor and your cat decides to spray all over the living room furniture.

Your emotions take over, you lose your faith-filled frame of mind, and you yell in desperation:  "My life sucks!" Oops. Too strong for you? Well, I'm sure you think it even if you don't say it.

Get real. Keep in mind who your God is. He's able to turn every situation upside down and get you out of your mess.

Do you realize who you're dealing with here? The Jesus I hope you serve is the same one who kicked the devil's booty out of heaven. Yes, he's the alpha and omega and in case you don't get what that means… just know he's got everything covered. Everything is under control.

You, my dear, don't need to sweat it. He's standing by your side even when you think you're all alone. And he's available if you'll just reach out with faith…

  • Unmixed faith.
  • Faith that won't dwindle.
  • Faith that stays sharp.
  • Faith that is faithful.

That's faith that will see you through, as long as you don't mix it up!

The Bionic Prayer that Packs Punch

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Remember Steve Austin, the Bionic Man? Actually, he was called the Six Million Dollar Man. And his gal...she WAS the Bionic Woman. Those two super heroes were my all-time favorite's as a kid. Each on their own could fight off a dozen men bigger than they were with just their pinky's.

How?

Bionics!

Wouldn’t it be cool to have the power of bionics at your disposal to whip the devil’s behind?

Guess what? You do!

Ok, it’s not called bionics, but if you buy into what the Bible says about the power you have at your disposal, (See Ephesians 1) you’ve got something even greater than a bionic arm.

Let’s call it a bionic prayer. Cause it’ll pack punch.

If you need a little boost getting your bionics on in the prayer arena, here’s a little help…

Picture This:

Even in prayer, your words produce power. You've learned that praying negatively and focusing on your problems only energizes and strengthens them. Instead, you pray God's solution from the Word and it releases life.

Scripture This:

Proverbs 18:21  Life and death are in the power of the tongue.

Pray This:

Oh God, how powerful your Word is! Help me to use your Word to slice through the problems in my life when I pray. Give me wisdom to take your Word and lay a foundation to all of my prayers. I will declare your promises and think about your truths. As I do, I will see things materialize that will bring you glory.

Say This:

When something unfortunate happens, or when I'm not feeling well, I will not gripe, complain, or toss negative words around. I will release the power of God's Word into my life and my circumstances. I will see things change and take the shape that I speak about.