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FAITH

DAVID ISRAEL LOZADA

Hebrews 11:1-3

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

After I graduated college God started to break my heart for the atrocities going on around the world. My heart broke so much that I became paralyzed by it. I had no idea what to do, so I did nothing at all. I wondered why God would place this burden on my heart but then not give me a plan of action to do something about it. For a couple of weeks I thought and thought about what it was I could do, totally forgetting to ask God to guide me and use me.

After I gave myself and my life over to God, he immediately led me to a missions organization and then on a yearlong mission trip around the world. God was waiting for me to give him my life, and I’m so glad I did.

In Hebrews, Paul gives us a long list of men and women who, by the power of God, did amazing things for his kingdom. Yeah, but that was Abraham and David and guys like that. They are giants of the Christian world; I’m just me. But here’s the thing, we have that power too. They too at one point probably thought, I’m just me. We must put ourselves aside and stop relying on our own strength and instead give all of ourselves to God. Otherwise we can very easily become paralyzed by the sheer amount of pain and hurt in the world. What can one person do? With God’s guidance and power, more than you can ever imagine.

QUESTION 1. Is the pain and hurt of the world weighing you down? Do you want to make a difference but have no idea what to do or where to start?
QUESTION 2. Have you spent time in prayer asking God exactly what he wants for your life? Or have you glossed over that part?
CHALLENGE: Stop looking at what you can do on your own power. Give yourself to God and watch what he will do through you.