Believing God For…

Posted: August 24th, 2009 | Author: Gregg Stutts | Filed under: Truth | Tags: , , , , , | 17 Comments »

I’m believing God for healing.

I’m believing God for a baby.

I’m believing God for a job.

I’m believing God for a spouse.

I’m believing God for a house.

I’m believing God for financial help.

I’m believing God for my child to do well in school, make good friends, make good decisions, etc .

I’m believing God for wisdom to know what to do.

If I didn’t hit your situation exactly, I probably came close. Whatever your situation, it’s probably weighing on you today. It may be difficult to see anything else. It feels like a moment-by-moment battle to make it through the day.

A number of years ago, I was in a very intense period of seeking and waiting on God. I was in a period of transition between jobs and was waiting for God to open a door. I didn’t sense any leading from God other than to “wait.” The more I sought Him, the more I sensed Him telling me to wait.

During this period of waiting, there was a battle raging for control of my mind. God wanted me to seek and trust Him with confidence. He wanted me to enjoy His peace and comfort.

Satan wanted me fully focused on the impossibility of my circumstances. He wanted to deceive and discourage me.

The same battle is raging for your mind today. Whoever wins the battle also gains control of your emotions and your will.

When you feel the battle raging, try these strategies to keep your mind focused on and controlled by God:

1. Ask God to speak to your situation. Ask Him to lead you to a passage of scripture that relates to what you’re going through. I don’t know how He’ll do this for you, but He has done it many times for me. There is no substitute for being in His word and letting Him speak to you.

2. Be in His word regularly. I don’t just mean a few times a week. I mean a few times a day. When you feel yourself getting anxious or discouraged, open your Bible and read. Read passages that remind You of His greatness, His faithfulness and His love. Meditate on passages that encourage you to keep trusting Him.

3. Listen to worship music. Create a playlist on your iPod of encouraging worship songs. Listen to it throughout the day. If you can’t do that because of work, then listen on the way to work, during lunch, on your way home and before you go to sleep. It’s hard to worry or be filled with fear while praising God.

4. Find someone who will also choose to believe God with you. Pray together.

5. Avoid talking to or sharing your situation with negative people. I found that very well-meaning people can actually be very discouraging with just a question or facial expression. If God is doing something in you and has led you to trust Him for something, it doesn’t mean He has also spoken to others about it. Most people are not believing God, so they will naturally think you are being foolish for believing Him.

6. As hard as this will be, try to not to be overly focused on the thing or person or situation you are believing God for. Try to also focus on seeking God. He is your life. He is your peace. He is your provider. He is your security. I have made the mistake of seeking what I wanted from Him, but not seeking Him. When I got what I wanted, I forgot Him.

7. Hold whatever you are believing God for with an open hand. I know how badly you want it. I know it seems like it’s something God should do for you. It looks like He’s even promised it. I know…but hold it with an open hand. We will never understand all God does or doesn’t do. Choose to believe He is good and that He loves you even when He doesn’t do what you’ve asked or when you’ve asked for it.

8. Look for someone else to encourage. You won’t have to look very hard. There are people all around you today who need a kind word, a pat on the back or a “thank you.” There are people who are fighting the battle right now like you are. They’re discouraged and want to quit. Maybe they just need someone to help point them back to God’s faithfulness. Maybe God wants to use you. Don’t wait…do it now. THERE’S SOMETHING VERY, VERY POWERFUL ABOUT ACTUALLY HEARING YOURSELF EXPRESS YOUR FAITH IN GOD OUT LOUD. WHEN YOU HEAR YOURSELF SAY IT, IT CEMENTS IT IN YOUR OWN MIND AND HEART.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  (Hebrews 11:1)


17 Comments on “Believing God For…”

  1. 1 Chris Randazzo said at 4:24 PM on August 24th, 2009:

    Thanks, Gregg! This is exactly what I needed to hear tonight. It isn’t what I WANTED to hear, though!

    Thanks for sharing this!

  2. 2 Gregg Stutts said at 4:31 PM on August 24th, 2009:

    Chris,
    What I realized not long ago is that I don’t want to live by faith. I don’t even want see how things will work out, because I don’t even want to be in a situation that requires “working out.” I want things to already be comfortable…all the time.

    Since that’s not reality, I’m trying to get better at believing God. Glad some of what I learn can help others!

    –Gregg

  3. 3 Peter Kiarie. said at 11:47 AM on January 22nd, 2010:

    Choicest of words…did ‘someone’ actually ‘read’ my mind; wonderful…encouraging. Praise the Lord!!

  4. 4 Judy Wheeler said at 10:28 PM on October 15th, 2010:

    Thank you for this encourging word. I have been without a job almost a year now. The thoughts of not being able to provide for my family has overwhelmed me, however, I know that the Lord is having me to wait on him. During this season, I have seen God provide when I thought everything would cave under. My unemployment will run out November 31st. Please pray for me. Thanks

  5. 5 Gregg Stutts said at 9:45 AM on October 17th, 2010:

    Father, You see Judy’s situation. You know her concerns. I pray You will give her comfort and peace. And I pray that You will provide the right job for her at just the right time.

  6. 6 Mary Young said at 3:52 PM on October 20th, 2010:

    This brought instant peace into my heart… Thank God for the encouraging spirit,,, I feel lifted.

  7. 7 Name said at 12:11 PM on December 10th, 2010:

    Beautiful words of encouragement

  8. 8 Bestmaan said at 6:57 PM on February 5th, 2011:

    If only we can tell God, “Lord even if you dont give me what I asked for I will Still trust you”, the we are on the right track.

  9. 9 Melissa said at 9:49 AM on February 23rd, 2011:

    Gregg, thank you for this posting. I have been trusting God for two huge things: my marriage (5 years estranged) and a job (2 years), resting in God’s goodness as I wait… until recently. My last several nights have been plagued with desperation. I am mindful of God’s miraculous provision for me and my children, and I marvel at how long God has carried us; so, I am angry with myself for succumbing to fear. I lay in bed praying, “Jesus, just hold me until I fall asleep.” But I wake in the night – and I am still scared. “Lord, help my unbelief.”

  10. 10 Gregg Stutts said at 9:57 AM on February 23rd, 2011:

    Melissa,
    I feel for you in your situation. Try not to be angry with yourself. God isn’t angry with you. The truth is that He is crazy in love with you.

    Zephaniah 3:17 says:

    “The LORD your God is with you,
    he is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you,
    he will quiet you with his love,
    he will rejoice over you with singing.”

    Try meditating on this verse today. Please email me to let me know how you’re doing.

    greggstutts@yahoo.com

    Gregg

  11. 11 Zell said at 11:17 PM on March 5th, 2011:

    Gregg:

    Thank you so much for providing me with these words of encouragement. I really needed to be reminded of Gods Word. I am beliving God for a particular house I really want. I had doubt in my mind and spirit but my daughter reminded me of the Word of God in the book of Matthew 6:33, but even after I read the scripture, I still felt sad. I came cross your message and it helped. Thank you

  12. 12 Gregg Stutts said at 11:40 PM on March 7th, 2011:

    Zell,
    I’m glad this post helped. We can’t go wrong when our eyes are on Christ and we want His will only. :)

  13. 13 Rosanna said at 9:19 AM on August 20th, 2011:

    Thank you for this post. I just came across it in a search engine and its exactly what I need to meditate on right now :)

  14. 14 cherbear said at 9:46 PM on June 2nd, 2012:

    This really spoke to me. Today felt like a massive battle was going on around me and in my head. I had to just stop and realize that this battle isn’t my fault.

    Waiting for the job God wants me to have has been a test. (And I lost my wallet today,…again….smh..) This really hasn’t been a good day. But I’ve prayed, I’ve cried out and now I’m calm.

    I really like the steps you posted. I have francesca battistelli in my head and it’s helping.

    It’s hard for me being in a different province away from home with only $10 to my name. Tomorrow I’ll tithe a chunk of this and just wait on the Lord for my next step.

    Thank you for posting this. It’s an oldie but a goodie in my books. Exactly what I NEEDED to read.

    I’ll pray for people and I really hope people can pray for me too.

  15. 15 Sharon said at 9:34 AM on June 13th, 2012:

    Such mind battles as I believe God for some areas in my life! Your blog spoke volumes to me today. Thanks for sharing Gods wisdom.

  16. 16 Gregg Stutts said at 10:57 AM on June 19th, 2012:

    Thank you, Sharon!

  17. 17 Gaone said at 8:56 AM on October 31st, 2012:

    Praise God. This is exactly what i needed to hear. God Bless you my Brother


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