January 9, 2018

When we moved to Fergus in April of 2003 we needed to purchase a refrigerator for the house we had just bought. Cleo and I eat some fruit but a whole lot of vegetables so we looked for a refrigerator with large crispers. Well we found one but the salesman said that the refrigerator that we wanted wasn’t quite as dependable maintenance wise as this other brand. Now the other brand didn’t have the large crispers so I was hesitant to buy it. But the salesman talked about how great this other fridge was and that we wouldn’t be disappointed if we bought it. Well he finally persuaded us to buy the fridge with the smaller crispers.

I have always regretted that his words changed my mind. I wanted large crispers and that is what I should have bought. Besides this fridge that was supposed to be so dependable has broken down on two different occasions:( I wish I would have just ignored the salesman’s words and gone with my original thinking.

Jesus knew what he wanted to do in the 9th chapter of Matthew. A little girl had died and Jesus came to bring life to her. However when he arrived at her house he met voices that were crying because she was dead and there was no use trying to do anything because death meant that there was nothing else that could be done, right? So what does Jesus do?

Matthew 9:23–25 (NLT) — 23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music. 24 “Get out!” he told them. “The girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him. 25 After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!

Jesus put the crowd outside. He refused to listen to their noisy, negative, faith destroying words. That is exactly what we have to do. When we read a promise of God we must concentrate on what God says and not what other people say. If God says that he will supply all of our needs then we must hold on to those words and push out any negative words that would tell us otherwise. Even when we don’t see the supply right away we cannot allow any words of doubt to fill our minds. We must do like Jesus and put those words out.

Peter had the same experience as Jesus in Acts 9 when Dorcas died.

Acts 9:38–40 (NLT) — 38 But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!” 39 So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them. 40 But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up!

Peter had to get all the crying and negativity out of his mind so that he would have the faith he needed to pray over Tabitha(Dorcas) for healing.

When Jesus was tempted by the Devil he would always push the Devil’s words out of his mind by saying, “The scriptures say.” In other words he was saying to the Devil, “I choose to believe what God says over what you say.”

To receive what we really want, the promises of God, we must only think God’s thoughts. To think any other thoughts contrary to what God says is to doubt. It is only by faith that we receive what we really want.

Hebrews 6:12 (NLT) — 12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.

Hebrews 11:11 (NLT) — 11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise.

Hebrews 11:17 (NLT) — 17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,

James 1:5–8 (NLT) — 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

Had I not entertained the thoughts of the salesman and gone with my original thoughts Cleo and I would have had the refrigerator that we really wanted.

Be Inspired Hilltop!