Are you getting the most out of your relationships? Do you wonder if they could be better?
My brother is a newly graduated Army helicopter pilot. WOOT! It is such a thrill seeing him live his dream! There were plenty of ups and downs getting there too, (wah, wah) but he is very happy, and of course he makes us all proud. When he is flying high above the bulbous crust of our planet, he can see things from a bird’s eye view. There are mountains, prairies, and rivers begging for a peek from that height. He can see the many layers of the Earth’s atmosphere and spiny exoskeleton. He can see groups of people and animals, forests, and buildings. It’s Google Earth on steroids!
I enjoy looking at God the same way. When I do, I get the thrill of seeing how big He is. I look at the heavens and the earth and shout the wonder of His creation. But did you know…He put as much wonder into the details as well? God is all about details. He’s all about seasons and timing. He set this earth rolling in space at a precise spinning axis so it wouldn’t be too cold or too hot. Appreciating the awesomeness of all that is truly a gift. Imagine if we saw the awesomeness in the Bible as well. What if discovering one mouth-watering gem in the Word, set our day aright. Here is one birds eye view concept, that makes all the difference in the details.
Unbelief is Believing
Startling statement isn’t it? Unbelief is negative believing. Unbelief is fear in its full operation. Fear is believing that something negative will happen. It is believing. Believing is a principle. What we believe we receive, whether positive or negative. There are two types of believing.
2. Negative/ Fear
Here is another startling statement. We are what we are today due to our believing. We will be tomorrow what we will be due to our believing. No one ever goes beyond what they believe. How can you believe more than you understand? How can you ever understand what you have not been taught? Fear is the believer’s only enemy! When we fear, we cannot have faith in God. If a person is afraid they will not get a job, are they believing? Yes! God says he wishes above all things that we prosper and be in good health. That is the opposite of the fear of not having the need met.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25.
Fear is a snare that binds relationships. Are you afraid of having good friends? I was. For a long time when I made a new friend, I waited for the other “shoe” to drop. I was watching for that rejection to come along and blow my heart to smithereens. Guess what was happening? Yep! Heartbreak. Then I realized one day that I was bound by fear in my relationships. I was sowing the destruction of them from the very beginning! When I saw that, I rejoiced! People are just people. They aren’t perfect. God is perfect. God gave us eternal life, and when we get to Heaven we get to have a renewed mind about all those people. This day, today, is the first day of the rest of eternity with other people. If you don’t get along with them now, you will up there. But what’s the rush? Why do we stress and strain and put unhealthy expectations on others? All we really need to do is love the ones in front of us the way God wants us to, and be blessed. There was so much deliverance for me that I now cherish all the people in my life.
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18
Fear in any relationship causes destruction. Faith builds unity and power. One of the five basics for growth is fellowshipping with like-minded believers.
“And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:18
If there is anything I’ve learned this week from the passing of my friend Harold it’s this. Be thankful for those believers and friendships in your life. Be thankful. Pour positive believing into them. They are not temporary because we have eternity, but they will make your faith stronger and your peace richer when you are thankful for them.