I Believe…Help Me With My Unbelief.

doubtfactorTheres a cool story in the Bible (Mark 9 for those who are page turners) where Jesus meets a man who’s son has been possessed by a demon since birth. It causes the boy to threw himself  into a convulsions, fall to the ground, roll around, gnash his teeth, becomes rigid,foams at the mouth, and has tossed himself into fire or water to kill the boy.  Wow! And you think you have issues.

Anyway, this desperate Father comes to the disciples of Jesus to get help but they could not get rid of this horrible evil spirit. (Yes there are such things as demons but that’s for another article.) The man says to Jesus “if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Then Jesus says the classic line:

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes

This sounds easy enough – just believe and everything works our fine. But remember where this Father is coming from. He has watched his son be tormented since birth and he’s broken and worn out. We’ve all been there at one time ourselves. And in his desperation he reaches out to GOD for help, but really is not sure that GOD will do anything. Sound familiar?

I like what this father says next: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Photo by Ezra Bailey / Getty

Photo by Ezra Bailey / Getty

I feel that way myself often when things don’t go the way I expected. I still have times of doubt despite the miracles I’ve seen GOD do in my life. I mean real miracles! Like the time we were literally out of money and GOD had someone give me $10,000 cash one night as a gift! That person had no idea of my financial situation but was led by GOD to give it to me as a gift – not a loan – a gift. I have seen GOD carry me through the horrible days of a divorce, custody battles, financial ruin, and so much more. During these time of struggle I had just enough faith to trust Him one more day. One day at a time.

The man in this story wanted to believe but his circumstances seemed too big for Jesus to really do anything to change them. BUT, GOD IS ABLE TO DO EVERYTHING IF WE BELIEVE.

This starts with believing in GOD and his son Jesus Christ. Once we give up our lives to follow His will, He gives us the Holy Spirit of GOD to be with us always and to develop our faith as we walk with Him through life. My faith grows more each time I use it. Like a muscle does when we workout. The more times GOD gives me a chance to trust Him completely, the bigger my faith gets, and the easier it is to trust more when the next crisis comes up.

You may believe, just not very much, and that’s okay. Start where you are and grow because “He who began a good work in you will complete it.”  We are not done until we stand in heaven before GOD so the journey rolls on with many more chances to strengthen our Faith muscles. Remember also that GOD intended that we support each other in the process. The Body of Christ, aka the church, you and me, are meant to walk in unity so we carry each others burdens.

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Don’t wait until our next annual event to find the inspiration and encouragement to live out your faith everyday. Come be a part of the community of believers we have started through the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. This once-a-year event was created to bring awareness that the Technology Community in DFW is FULL of people who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  You are not alone in the journey so don’t walk alone.  Contact us at [email protected] and let us know how we can support you. Sign up to volunteer and become part of our team so you build friendships with others who share your faith and desire to honor GOD in their life.

Lastly, note that Jesus said in verse 29 that the only solution to this situation was PRAYER. Reach out to those you saw at our annual event and let them know of your challenges so they can join you in prayer to grow your faith. We also want to pray for you so let us know whats going on in your life and our team will join you in doing battle and to help you with your unbelief.

 

“These Things” – aka stuff NOT to worry about.

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Lee Herrin heads up the prayer team for our DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast and has one of the most important jobs on the team. Yesterday he sent out a verse as part of our 40 Days of Prayer that directed us to Matthew 6:33 –

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

This led me to think about “these things” Jesus was talking about when he commanded us (not suggested) to seek first the kingdom & righteousness of GOD.

Our Father in Heaven knows what His children (you and me) need. Jesus reminds us that we should not worry about our lives and the details but instead focus on what GOD cares about, how HE wants us to behave, and then GOD will give us what he wants us to have. (see the entire section of scripture below)

He reminds us that the flowers of field don’t plan or do anything to successfully grow, and if GOD takes care of something as simple as that, how much more will he take care of us – “oh we of little faith.”

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We have a loving Father who knows what is best for His kids. My kids would often complain about what they did not have instead of being thankful for what they DID have. I used to look at them and see how misguided their complaints were or even an occasional tirade when they did not get what they wanted (ask me about the time I would not buy Lauren a Barbie at the grocery store).

The reality is that I behave this way myself far too often. When my business is not growing as fast as I think it should (“My ways are not your ways”) or when GOD doesn’t fix the challenges as quickly as I think he should (“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”) I have my own little tantrum going on between me and GOD, and He is not impressed.

Jesus directs me to focus on being what matters most to GOD and to walk in obedience to His word. In response to that life-long journey of obedience GOD will give me what I need, and even a lot of what I want because He is a loving Father who rejoices in His children.

We Are Not Flowers

worry2Yeah I get it, it’s different in your situation and we are not simple flowers. We have kids and mortgages and health issues and marital problems and the IRS and, and, and, and…

God is not ignorant to your needs. He just knows that in the eternal scheme of a GOD who has no beginning or end, all the things you face are but a spec in time compared to all He has seen in the world, and GOD is still bigger than ALL you face.

It’s all about your focus. God still expects us to work hard and take care of what he has seen fit to make us responsible for,  we need to stay focused on the fact that GOD is still in control so keep your eyes on Him. Stay focused on honoring GOD in all you have and do, and then He will take care of the rest. He always has.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

That sounds good but sometimes I DO worry and I need the support of others to help me process through it all. That is one of the reasons we have the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. Our Mission is to create a relevant business environment  for Technology Professionals in DFW where a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ is presented and nurtured. We’re starting by building a community around our annual Prayer Breakfast and desire that this grow to be a safe place to find encouragement all year long. Join us and find a place where you can be real as we all walk this journey together.

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Matthew 28 – 34   “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast.

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Our 2016 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast is about 40 days away and 70 Table Hosts have signed up so far!  The logos above are just some of the companies that will be represented that day and it looks to be a Tech Reunion! New Table Hosts and Sponsors are signing up each week but we max out at 80 tables soon so sign up today before we sell out.  We still have room for you to Sponsor the event so visit our Sponsor page and learn more.

We still need volunteers who can help plan, set up, and run the event so if you are looking for a short-term place to serve let us know. Our last Planning Committee meeting before our September 30 event will be Thursday, August 25th at 7:30 am at Matrix Dallas. See you there.

A Good Father

Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there! Being a “good” Father is hard work and most of us are ill prepared for the role. The Bible gives us lots of great guidance but it does not address specific situations like when should our kids get their own cell phone, or how old should they be before they start dating. Most of our decisions will be subjective and different for each child, and much of this leaves us hoping we made the right choice.

996519_10151742824594402_1914662789_nI did not have a good Father. I say that not to bash my birth father but to say I had no clue what a good Father looked like – I just knew what a bad one looked like. So that left a lot of things unknown starting the day my daughter was born. I wasn’t much smarter by the time my son was born because apparently girls are different from boys.

So what does a GOOD Father look like?

I think my brother Tom Hunt and my friend Bill Selvig are great examples of good Fathers, but the best example I have seen is in my Heavenly Father. As a child, I learned not to make my birth Father mad. Just stay out of his way and I’ll be LESS likely to get in trouble. This was also how I viewed my Heavenly Father. As long as I was not murdering someone, I was doing okay. I did a lot of stupid stuff in my life but since lightning bolts had not struck me dead, I figure I had not made him too mad.

10505600_10152767181239402_8530642026041124724_nIt wasn’t until my early 30s that I truly understood my Heavenly Father loves me so much and wants me to follow His example. I did not do this to avoid trouble, but because my Heavenly Father has so much He wants to do in my life that I want to free GOD up to have full rein in my life and accomplish all He has planned.

This led me to want to understand my Heavenly Father more, his standards for living and serving others, and his love for me. Not that I don’t still make mistakes but GOD is a good Father, full of grace and mercy, and He forgives me and restores me when I fall short of His expectations of me. (Like a good Father does.)

I love when someone tells me “You’re a Good Father.” Not that this happens every day, but when it does I feel proud. I have seen these compliments come for two main reasons; because of my actions or the action of my children. In the same way the world will see we have a good Father in Heaven by what HE does and by what we do.

When people see how we face the challenges of life and respond as a child of GOD, they know we have a good Father. If we trust Him in the hard times and praise Him in the good times, the world knows we have a good Father who provides in all things. When we behave in a way that honors GOD and lives out the character and values that GOD cares about, people see we have a good Father who taught us well.

* The DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast is an annual event that brings people in the Technology Community together to see how a faith in Jesus Christ has changed our lives. We want to encourage you to live out your faith boldly at work and home so that the world will “see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Become a Table Host today, reach out to those around you need to know more about the love of our Heavenly Father, and invite them to sit at your table on September 30 at the Irving Convention Center. Get more information on our Table Host page.

We Never Stop Being a Good Father

1005502_10153854422929402_55833852007453167_nNo matter how old my kids get, I will always be their Father. We will always need our Heavenly Father as we grow older and our needs change. Take time to check in with GOD each day to see how you are doing and listen to His wisdom. Being an obedient son requires we know what our Father wants of us, that we follow His example, and that we seek Him daily as we face the challenges of life. GOD is honored when we call Him Daddy and reach out for His unfailing love.

This is what I think a good Father is like. What do you think? Share your comments below.