Only When God Becomes All That We Want…Do We Truly See That He Is All We Need

It is impossible to please God without some measure of faith. But the prospect of living life entirely by it, is viewed as impractical, unnecessary, and foolish by many. After several years of learning to be a bit more foolish, I remain unconvinced as to which is more difficult: being willing to do anything for the Lord or willing to believe He would do anything for me.

Willingness to be foolish

Sunday morning at ten fifteen the words “Stand up and sing” formed in the air and lingered there like those of an unforgettable friend. And ten minutes before the sermon would end I heard them again and again.  “Stand up and sing…sing Jesus loves me!” I looked around at a thousand quiet souls and wondered who it might have been. Some craning toward the pulpit to catch every corporate word, others with arms outstretched and nodding agreeably at what they’d already heard. But not one, including the speaker, had requested a song or singer to interrupt what is decent with something completely absurd…like “Stand up Kevin and sing Jesus loves me”.

I looked at my watch then down at my feet until clarity wrapped around my dignity and began to sink its teeth. Either God has a plan and had taken time to speak or I was about to be crowned church idiot and king of all freaks. If God indeed has a plan then He surely has a voice but sometimes He just hauls off and forces us to make a choice…knowing full well that a quick fork in the eye is always better than a lifetime of staring at one in the road.

Faith comes by the hearing of God’s word but only with rigorous testing will its measure increase. To that end, any David willing to dance before God with all his might must first count the cost of being despised by others in exchange for his Father’s delight. If you consider yourself a sheep in the fold of Jesus, one that hears His voice and follows, then I have a question: What would you do if He asked you to raise your hands and worship Him on the front porch or in the supermarket?  Or maybe while in the mall or jogging with your iPod? The question is not whether we think it’s unnecessary or even senseless but instead whether we know the sound of His voice and are consumed by obedience to it.

So my moment of truth came down to this: Avoid the entire charade and risk offending God’s Spirit or move forward obediently and risk offending the minds of men. With legs a prickling and every ounce of blood attempting escape through my face, I two handed the back of the chair in front of me and began pulling myself into place – a standing position.  And inching into my periphery was the nauseating blur of faces who were about to be embarrassed…for me.

Willingness to believe foolishly

By late summer we’d been awarded a substantial work contract which held the promise of meeting our financial needs for another year. But as the project began with great hope, so it began with a series of hopelessly unexpected interruptions. Three months and twice as many postponements later our summer of great expectation had given way to another November of desperation. After all, without the benefit of this income we’d literally lose every inch of ground that was gained the entire previous year, and more.

Yet throughout this journey the Lord without fail has sustained our every need by His abundant provision. And all the more generous at times, He has grown our faith by withholding that provision until all seemed lost. So with Christmas only weeks away, a delinquent mortgage and every resource exhausted, we waited patiently for the good news to come, until finally…with no time to spare…it came. We rejoiced that the project delays were over – halleluiah! On the other hand, the project was also over, cut from the budget at the eleventh hour without warning.

I’m not a pastor, theologian or teacher. I don’t have a church, a fan club or a flock. I’m just a regular guy with a testimony who would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Before any of us can stand on the banks of the Red Sea and believe that it will open, we’ve got to learn the sound of God’s voice, like Moses at the burning bush. And then be consumed by obedience to it in spite of the doubting opinions of others, like Israel, who would rather remain safely in bondage.

Finally, we must become unshakable before the Godless kingdoms of this world, like Egypt, who will stop at nothing to keep us enslaved. Or mammon, the spirit that makes us cringe when we ask if the Good Samaritan would help the same man twice, three times, as long as needed, or stop when it begins to reduce his own storehouse.

It was no accident that every time Moses stepped out in faith God turned up the heat. From the unwinnable assignment, to Pharaoh’s hardened heart, to making bricks without straw, to being ridiculed by his own people, Moses was well prepared to face the impossible when it arrived.  And right on time, after years of preparation, our very own Red Sea moment has arrived to daunt the natural eyes and remind us that God, not man, is our deliverer and God, not mammon, is our place of rest.

Willing to stand up and sing…or not.

By now, halfheartedly standing in church, like the lone awkward applauder at a social event or the guy who tried and failed to start the wave in a stadium, I would become the gladiatorial fool who disrupted the entire service to stand up and sing Jesus loves me…loudly.  With a brief glance at the auditorium door to weigh my last options for avoiding embarrassment, having easily stood to make a simple dash for the bathroom, the other half of my heart with great unction joined rank against my flesh and laid itself on the altar.

Just as the hymn whispered up from my spirit, these words…“do not offend the speaker” settled on my shoulders like the insisting hands of a remarkably strong grandfather. My posture recognized the escape long before my understanding and slumped without hesitation into a deep sigh of thanksgiving – praise the Lord! Then…with only a minute left, the speaker led the congregation in prayer before making a strange request:

“You know what folks? This is going to seem cheesy but before we dismiss…let’s all stand up and sing Jesus loves me”

And without hesitation I knew…I knew that the Lord had just restored what the thief of my struggle had stolen. Jesus loves me…He really, really does. Three days later I shared my experience with the pastor. After a momentary pause, he looked at me with conviction and said:

“Wow Kevin… it wasn’t until the closing prayer that God gave me that song for the congregation. It wasn’t planned or even thought of until I prayed.” 

We both smiled and pondered the love of a God who reminds us He’s there by testing the limits of our willingness. And I knew for sure that a God who would captivate me audibly and confirm it, is a God who would never allow the needs of my family to go unmet…ever.

Willing to believe in the foolish things

In an upside down kingdom it’s the foolish things, not the practical, that glorify the King. When the fool has a need…he meets the needs of another. When his hands are empty…he offers his hands instead. When his storehouse overflows he remembers that life is a vapor and counts giving a much greater privilege than making his future a little safer. When he is maligned he is kind and when he is about to faint from depression, he offers high praise to the Lord and for others he makes petition. When he’s counted by men as foolish in faith, lazy when things look tough and lucky when things seem great, he rejoices, gives thanks and reflects on these onetime foolish things:

God made a way for Noah to escape, Sarah to conceive, Isaac to leave the altar and Abraham to father nations, Jacob to prosper over Laban, Joseph to feed the nations, Moses to deliver a nation, Joshua to win the promised land, Gideon’s three hundred over more than a hundred thousand. And God gave David the favor for an everlasting throne, Elijah the speed to outrun a chariot and power to feed a widow for months from a single meal, Jeremiah the zeal to stand alone, Daniel the conviction to pray out loud and face death, Esther the favor at just the right hour, Nehemiah the vision to rebuild, and ultimately He made a way for the birth, sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord, Savior and King of everything to exchange Himself for a bride.

If the prospect of living entirely by faith (in the One crucified entirely for us) is academically risky, impractical and even foolish…then our fork in the road is clear:

To one side, these bold men and women of scripture are like wonderful cartoon characters that we quote on occasion for practical wisdom. To the other, they are real people with blood & gut testimonies that have become the victories of our inheritance. To one side, we see a savior pointing to our bootstraps who is willing to help if we’re willing to grab them first. To the other, we see that only momentary affliction is able to burn away such a Christian centered veneer. To one side, we see that practical wisdom aims to make life safe by storing up treasure for later and avoiding risky mistakes. To the other, we see that wise decisions are not even possible when made by the spirit of fear. To one side, we see the more sensible answers from the minds of men. To the other, we see the truth as it rings sincere through the veil of Christian ease:

Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.

Final Note: 

My wife and I began learning to trust the Lord for our every need about four years ago. Within that time He has met them all abundantly and in His generosity, increased our lives exponentially – teaching us the sound of His voice, freedom from fear, and how to step into our identity.  He has set our children are on fire, unified our marriage, and prepared our hearts with zeal for service. But none of our growth came without testing – testing that teaches us to rest in the Father’s arms like happy children, no matter how ugly the circumstance or radically foolish His instructions appear before men. In short, God has used the struggle set before our eyes in 2008 to remove a thousand from within our hearts along the way.

Today, having our last resource stripped away at the eleventh hour, when all is lost without it, the most difficult test we’ve faced since the journey began has arrived. And honestly… we are worn out, having no taste or patience for the superficial. Never the less, we do well to remember that living by faith is the only way to know who we really are – any of us. The more we are willing to courageously trust Him with our life, the more willing He is to trust us with His plan.

Through the continued encouragement of publishers and others, I’ve been working diligently on my writing project and remain excited. Good things are just around the corner. Until then, please pray that we might endure gracefully. And please take courage in your own testing that you are not alone in the fight of faith – affliction is momentary, rewards are overwhelming.

Lord, today, when all seems lost, as we face our own Red Sea moment, we boast in your mighty works and offer thanks for your good plans. We lift up our praise and declare that the same God who delivered Moses from Egypt and delivered us these past four years will deliver us again for the sake of His glory. Vindicate us before all men that our testimony would prove us weak and helpless and that You alone are our salvation.  

For all who are tired of relying, even a little, on something other than God, today you can rest in His arms like a happy child. But if you need living proof then come along and see what He does next.

 For prayer or encouragement please contact me by email: wakeupmyfaith@att.net  Or connect on facebook and Google+

About Kevin Adams

As a student of God's word, photographer and writer, my chief aim is to help followers of Christ apprehend a real and passionate faith through the study of His word, by simple illustration, and regular encouragement. And by this faith they might catch a vision of who God shaped them to become. This blog is an account of my own journey toward that real and passionate faith, starting at ground zero. I hope it will offer some encouragement to any who've set their mind on seeking God's face, whatever the cost.
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59 Responses to Only When God Becomes All That We Want…Do We Truly See That He Is All We Need

  1. Wow, Kevin, thanks for sharing. Obedience doesn’t make sense from a worldly perspective. I live that every day. Keep standing and singing. So grateful that He loves us and whether here or in eternity, better things are coming!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Susan for the support. I’m reminded by your words that it’s best to have our hearts in heaven and hands on earth – to keep an eternal perspective in everything. Bless you my friend and bless your Christmas time this year.

  2. speechless! This is the kind of teaching and testimony we need or should i say i need. i cant wait to see what happens next. i continue to pray for u and ur family. funny thing is the tags u have are pretty much on target with where i am. all simultaneously if u can understand. the struggle continues. Very tiresome but i believe worth it to know Him more intimately.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Tricia most sincerely. I think the suffering part of discipleship is rarely preached about from the pulpit, yet it is an amazing gift that we briefly endure for the sake of bringing unfiltered light in to dark places. According to 1Peter 5 v10 it is temporary but the results are unmatched. I deeply appreciate your prayers and will be praying for you too, for refreshing strength in the days ahead. Bless you my friend.

  3. Angie Battle says:

    Wow!

    I had just settled down for the evening when you and Holly came to my mind. I prayed a prayer for you that I often pray where you’re concerned (and us too)…wisdom. Then another word seemed to ease its way in…insight. While I know our Lord has given you remarkable perspective (supernatural I’ll go so far as to say), I believe the depth of what He’s requiring of you, of us all, is an indicator of the depth of significance of the fruit.

    When I was done praying, I checked my phone for e-mail. The notification that you had posted had just come through.

    After reading this, I must say what I have said a bazillion times. I consider knowing you as my brother and friend a priceless gift.

    Truly.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Angie, you are and have been used by God as a great source of encouragement to me (and us) in this journey. Your prayers and His revelation have always brought that specific encouragement back to this…He wants us to rely on Him alone that others will see just how good He is. I haven’t forgotten it. Thank you for your friendship, prayers and being a voice of integrity in our lives. I can’t wait to see what God does in both our families :) Merry Christmas to you, Michael and David.

  4. diane rivers says:

    “I’m just a regular guy with a testimony who would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises.” Thank God you are. I am amazed and inspired by your faithfulness. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Monica Locke says:

    Kevin, you have encouraged me over the past couple of years of reading your posts to continue to follow Him with reckless abandon. Thank you for sharing your journey of faith. God is using you in a powerful way to tell of His faithfulness always. Thank you for being transparent and sharing so beautifully your story of obedience. Obedience is worth being thought a fool as we live to please Him not men. Your encouragement was timely for me. Merry Christmas to your family!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Merry Christmas to you too Monica! And thanks for these couple years of encouraging words in return. My wife and I really absorb them and thank the Lord for friends like you who take time to give them. God bless you and your family.

  6. Excellent…simply excellent…how fortunate you are…to go through all of this consciously instead of believing it is all because of bad luck or other bunk…persevere and listen intently, spend time just hanging out with Him…all is well here in FL…Merry Christmas, you are blessed

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks brother! You are the rare breed that keeps those around you from sitting on the fence and I praise God for that. Glad to hear you are well John. Hope we can talk sometime this next year. Blessings and merry Christmas to you as well :)

  7. Thank you for being willing to humble yourself that God might get all the glory. This was so very encouraging to me. I know God’s richest blessings are in store for your family.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Susanne, you are and have been an encouragement to me as one of those broken and made whole friends that truly live humbly before the Lord. Thank you thank you thank you for your example of leaning on Him when it really hurts. I pray that you and your family will have a great celebration this Christmas knowing we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses who have gone on before us. Bless you my friend.

  8. Nyla Norris says:

    I am there in God’s strength! I am out of the closet so to speak. I have said I am spiritual just not religious, what I left out of that was that I love The Lord! Jesus Christ is my savior and the Holy Spirit resides in me. I know I could stand on the corner and shout it now!!! He is amazing! Thank you for sharing and for your obedience to The Lord!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Nyla. That closet is a great place to pray, but amen and praise to Him that He requires us to get out and use what He told us while in there :) Thank you for your encouraging words and faithful zeal for our Lord!

  9. Bud Tussell says:

    “The more we are willing to courageously trust Him with our life, the more willing He is to trust us with His plan.” Very profound words. But on a lighter note, God may be either tone deaf or was about to make you mute because when I heard you sing, it would have made wolves howl. **just kidding** :) thanks for another great and inspirational post!!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      That little bit of humor from my long time brother, ill consider as my Christmas gift from you – a good smile in a tough moment. Hey man – thank you for everything you’ve done for me and my family. We love you guys tremendously. Blessings.

  10. Inés says:

    You’re special to Him. He’s molding you to His image and the most effective way to do that is putting you through fire… Just like He did to Job. Just like He did to the apostle Paul. Just like He did to Abraham.

    We’re all in the oven, Kevin. My life experience is different from yours, but equally challenging. Sending prayers your way… Thank you for sharing such an inspiring post. Blessings!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Ines. Amen, we are either all in the oven or will someday need to be in order to grow in faith. It’s not easy but well worth it – thanks for the reminder that it is part of the job description of the believer. Bless you and thanks for your prayers.

  11. anewcreation says:

    Hi Kevin,

    What can I say to you that has not been said by others already?

    In these days of Churchianity and Christians going through the motions, it is a much needed breath of fresh air to read testimonies like yours conveyed with such humility and transparency, to see that there are real people out there who resemble the key individuals of the Bible who went through trials and tribulations and still only had eyes and ears for God’s will and to give Him alone glory and praise.

    Christianity today has become a very confusing, murky river which cannot decide whether it wants to be purified by the Holy Spirit or remain murky by sucumbing to the pressures of men and the world. Our dying world does not need any more fancy preachers, teachers and “Spiritual Celebs” but normal guys like you who are trying to live a simple life honouring and trusting God. Your testimony IS BRINGING more new sheep into the fold and many old sheep back into the fold than any qualified, well travelled, well trained and even well experienced church leader is managing to produce within their fold these days. The key factor here is the fruit you are producing is eternal, theirs is temporary.

    But the best thing of all is that you stand up for all the values, principles and pillars of what it is to be a Christian: your charity begins at home, your leadership is that of a servant and it leads by example and in humility. You are protecting your marriage and being the best father you can be by leading those closest to you in the faith even when your world is crumbling down around you and every bone in your body is telling you to chuck the towel in and give up. There is no love for others and for God greater than this.

    As someone has already said above I too trust that the depth of your trials is in direct link to the depth of the fruit your witness will and is producing, so keep doing what you are doing. We desperately need beacons like you in such dark and confusing times.

    I loved the way you depicted yourself in the church wrestling as to whether you would stand up and sing or not. You write with a great sense of humour and make it so easy for people all over the world to relate to what you go through. Your writing is undoubtedly God inspired.

    Your friend and sister in Christ,

    Mercedes

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you so much Mercedes, not just for your incredibly encouraging thoughts but for being a true friend over the long haul, for checking in to see how things are going and for praying. We stand in agreement about that murky water. It seems that the enemy has us oscillating between Spirit-led “wholeheartedness”, which requires the taking up of our cross and the practical charge of the soul (mind will and emotions) and its “preserve thyself” / ask questions later approach. Unfortunately, without the chastening of God, practicality usually wins – the same practicality that might have argued that Peter should stay full time in the fishing business to support his family rather than running off with some well meaning hippie. Perhaps only the momentary affliction opens our ears to a God that seldom makes sense but is always right and always loving. Thanks for your integrity my friend, we all need it. Bless you.

  12. Kevin, this was written so beautifully and is so faith-filled. Thank you for choosing to glorify God in your storm. I can see through your writing you are a true man after God’s own heart. So many in today’s economy can relate with the raw emotion you share here, but not as many know God the way you do. You are definitely a bright light of faith, my friend. I’m praying for you and your family as you endure your storm. Having reached the other side of the Red Sea myself, I can encourage you that this too shall pass…and when it does you will be so much stronger, wiser, refined, and equipped for the next chapter of God’s plan for you. I’m still in awe of how God is using little old ordinary nothing me in ways I never would have imagined – all stemming from a decade of life crisis (and growth in my faith) leading up to where I am now. I know the Master Planner isn’t at all finished with me yet. That’s exciting…and (on the surface) a little terrifying. My friend you are a very gifted writer. Keep on keeping on. I will support your efforts in any way you’d like.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you so very much Rosann. The sincerity of your victory rings out as a breath of fresh air from the other side as it offers living proof that our God can be trusted with everything. I will come back to your words again and again. Please keep in touch my friend. You are such a blessing of encouragement. Thank you for taking time.

  13. erinpatrick says:

    Just in time…God is always just in time. Your words encouraged me just in time, Kevin. I am facing The Red Sea at this moment. I have learned to hear His voice, and now I must decide whether I’m going to step in all the way! Thank you for sharing this testimony. Your faith has encouraged and inspired my faith. Thank you, my friend!

    Blessings,
    ~Erin

  14. Steven Sawyer says:

    Kevin, haven’t been posting in a few weeks, but saw you did and came right away. I’m at the edge of my own Red Sea. My big toe is teasing the surf. The waves keep rolling over my toes. The tide is coming in. It is not comfortable. I am with you, my brother. So is our Savior, as you have written so eloquently. Thank you, my brother, for the depth of your perception of the love of God. I need to hear your story TODAY! I mean that literally. Right now!. I’ll be praying for you and your family as we both seek the presence of Jesus to walk us through the water. Love you, brother. And thank you.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Steve, your encouragement is as infectious and wholehearted as it comes – exactly the kind of example of joy we all need to see while waiting on the Red Sea to open.
      I just love your heart my friend and know that you are such a gift to anyone within the sound of your voice (audible or written). Thanks for sharing with integrity about your tough circumstance and still having a counting it all joy heart. We are faithful above all in His faithfulness. Will be praying for you – don’t hesitate to email. Love you too my friend.

      • Steven Sawyer says:

        Thank you, my brother. And I will be praying for God’s provision and blessings for you and yours this special time of year we celebrate Jesus.

  15. Heather says:

    Hi Kevin, Just wanted to let you know that reading your words and seeing someone leaning totally on faith is so encouraging to me and just what i needed. After a series of events in my life, I found myself alone. Jesus and my faith in Him is all I’ve got….and I am finding that is all i need. I had found such a disconnect with what I see, what I thought was true, and what is really truth. As the Lord is leading me on this journey He is teaching me that my faith & trust in Him is enough. He shows up everyday in the most unexpected places to encourage me to keep seeking His truth, His way. Thank you, your sister in Christ, Heather

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Awesome Heather, just awesome to hear! You are being called to offer hope to others my friend and that is a big deal! I second your thoughts about the disconnect and being renewed in the truth. We are taught from birth to act like Martha – do all we can and Jesus will make up the difference. The truth is that He is everything and better than we can imagine. So everything, including our direction begins by sitting, resting at His feet like Mary. Its good news for the weary :) Blessings!

  16. staceygonajourney says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for your words…they are inspiring as I prepare to leave the security of my 9-5 and step out of the status quo to begin living a life my husband and I have always desired. Walking in faith, watching our children grow and playing an active role in their lives, and growing in our own journey outside of the box. I know this adventure will not always be easy, but God has given us promises that we know to be true, even when He is silent. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      That is awesome Stacey! Bravely following the the voice of God always glorifies Him and stores up treasure in heaven. What a wonderful journey to embark upon, one that will leave a legacy and a spiritual inheritance for your children as well. Please keep in touch and let me know how I can pray for you guys from time to time. Bless you all and have a Merry Christmas!

  17. Inés says:

    Reblogged this on el blog de inés and commented:
    I prefer to copy-paste reblogs and provide the links to all original posts for aesthetic reasons, but not this time as I want to make sure you visit Kevin’s Blog. His walk has been quite difficult just like yours or mine… Please take time to read and explore his blog. He has been through so much and yet his faith is encomiable!

  18. Sam Peebles says:

    Kevin, when we live through God’s Strength, we realize our complete need of that. I pray that His strength will over whelm you and Holly and carry you on to where He wants you. I also hope that others will learn that faith is real, God is real, characters in the Bible are real, and most of all God’s love is real. He is able. If we will listen,study,pray, then we can be transformed and used right now! Your story is a beautiful testimony of how God loves His Children, God’s mercy is new every morning,
    Praise Him!!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Sam. I pray as well that God will become real to more good folks who are hurting…just as your friendship is living proof of this in my life. Thanks for encouraging us through this time. You are a blessing to me far beyond the value of my words. Thanks brother and Merry Christmas to you guys.

  19. Dixie says:

    Kevin!!! love this post!!! We are in a faith walk right now and it is always so encouraging to hear that God works this “pressing into trust in Him” in others as well. Love the song story…..this is the difference in knowing the word, and actually living it out in our lives…..not settling for less than Kingdom living in the here and now!!!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thank you Dixie :) There comes a moment when we get to see God move (almost behind the scenes) if we are willing to bravely peek beneath that veneer of “normal”. Your words feel like a hug my friend. Thank you for walking by faith and offering encouragement. Blessings and Merry Christmas to you!

  20. Dixie says:

    So true…We GET to see Him move if we are recklessly in love with Him and willing to step outside the box!!! Merry Christmas Kevin!!!

  21. True, a fool for Christ we are :)

  22. Dear Kevin,
    I love your writings. I can feel your struggles as you attempt to follow God’s voice that only you or you wife know is saying personally. Please know that you have many people standing by cheering your dedication and rooting for your success. You are living the life of faith which is always rewarded (Heb 11:6).

    By the way, I loved this line in your post:

    “And then be consumed by obedience to [God’s voice] in spite of the doubting opinions of others, like Israel, who would rather remain safely in bondage.”

    Your words will grant others freedom. Keep listening and obeying. You’re amazing.

    Blessing,
    Kevin

  23. mstrina2012 says:

    Hi Kevin!

    I’ve been reading your posts and following you for a while, on Twitter, that is, not in Wal-Mart :-), and I just wanted to say thank you for sharing publicly what so many try to hide in private: the struggle.

    Following Jesus doesn’t mean it’s always going to go well for us. In fact, sometimes experiences and circumstances seem quite wrong, but we must keep in mind that there are no oops! moments in God’s plan. When the contract fell through for your family, the Holy Spirit didn’t go skidding to the Throne on two wheels, panting,”Hey Jesus, the contract fell through; what do we do?!?!”. On the contrary, God looked at His watch, ” . . . 3, 2, 1, contract fails . . . Now!”. Then He nudged Jesus to His right, nodded at the Holy Spirit, rubbed His hands together, and smiling, He said, “Now watch what they do.”. God has faith that YOU’LL have faith because He gave it to you in the first place. And, the more you walk in it, the more He’ll give and prove His faithfulness.

    In other news . . .

    I also wanted to say that you are truly a gifted writer. Not only what you share, but how you are sharing it is truly a blessing to all who read. May you and your family continue in God’s faith and peace.

    Trina

  24. bobbalkcom says:

    Kevin, Thank you for your spirit of openness and willingness to share. God is using you as you’re being molded.
    Bless you and your family this Christmas and new year.

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  26. lynnhw says:

    Happy New Year! Sometimes, my faith falters, and at times God has called me to do foolish things. Thank you for your message. You said it well. I want to be one of your followers. It is not easy when difficult circumstances come, but when I look up to my Creator and Saviour, He helps me through them.

  27. This really struck me. Just yesterday, I taught the Bernard Malamud short story “Angel Levine,” and my classes had an amazing conversation about how risky belief can be. The obstacle for the protagonist in that story is not his suffering, but his willingness to believe in something he thinks is foolish. As he pursues that struggle, his world is opened up. The conversation we had about the story was really impactful and that’s because we dealt with the struggles you wrestle with here. Well done!

  28. kristanhp says:

    The willingness to behave and believe foolishly I love it!

  29. Hi Kevin, I found your post via twitter. Loved this piece! God has given me a hunger to trust Him completely and yes, I’ve seen some resistance to it :) Thank you for sharing your experiences. It helps us to know we’re not in this alone. I’m so excited to see God work in the lives of His children!

  30. Kevin, I cannot express what this means to me. God took me by the hand using an email from Twitter this morning, recommending that I follow you on Twitter. I did, then proceeded to your blog and read this. I am stunned with the eloquence, accuracy and conviction to which you are writing, and to which your writing is speaking in to my life right now, right where I am living with God.

    I now pray for you and your family, that you remain confident and trust in God’s provisions and that he surprises you with His love in growing abundance. I Praise God and thank Him that, as I have struggled financially these past three years, my wife has a steady and well-paying job, that He is teaching and preparing me for greater service, and that He is showing me patience so that I trust Him as you do. Thank you for such a keen example.

    Keep your lamp on the lampstand!

  31. Susan Deborah Schiller says:

    Kevin, you followed me on Twitter and that is how I landed on your site here… I’ve been living by faith for the past 2+ years, so I’m excited to learn more about your journey. Is this your latest post, or do you have updates for 2013?

  32. Similar thing, I just found this from Twitter and just realized you wrote it in Dec. Thankful to find it today. Timely for me! Maybe this means you need encouragement right now and prayer? Thinking of you and your family today.

  33. rharrison101@aol.com says:

    Hey Kevin

    I am spending some time deleting old emails ( I only checked them about once a month) and ran across this one that I had saved and it reminded me that I never shared any of my ” Prayers in a Poem” with you. I would like to share my latest that was inspired by Pastor Steve’s message on humility, hope you enjoy Rick 615-925-5349

    My fall to grace is a wonderful place The place where I met Jesus I walked this world by my own strides A path of destruction lead by pride Through His mercy and amazing grace Jesus brought me to His place A place to rest and surrender it all To be made new after my fall Not a fall of shame and guilt But to be renewed on the truth He built The arrogrance and lies have all gone away I thank you Jesus everyday I laugh at myself, now when I stumble Oh, Thank You Lord, its good to be humble

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  35. Great post! The writing flows nicely and your testimony is relatable, I connected without hesitance. Actually, this is just what I needed to hear. I asked God to give me a walking-on-water type of faith, and He has been testing my willingness to obey His voice. It’s incredible to see how God always finds a way to speak to us. Thank you for letting God encourage me through you. After all, we are witnesses that serve to His glory. It takes bravery to share an experience such as this one. The post confronted and motivated me to stand in faith. Keep up the good work, Kevin!

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  37. Cheryl Lynne says:

    Thank you for this post. It gave me a much needed wake up to get going on a writing project! Perfect reminder that someone’s deliverance is waiting on our obedience and testimony! Keep the faith!

  38. Colin Wiseman says:

    Wonderful writing! Let he who has an ear, hear.

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