SHAPING MY FAITH

When my boys were little, we often gave them silly-putty during church to give them something quiet to do. I’ve watched them pull, shape and twist it the way they want it to go, and then roll it back up into a ball and start over. Sometimes I think God does that with my faith. He shapes me, pulls me, twists me and occasionally rolls me up into a ball and starts all over.

Here is something He is challenging my faith with lately….

That teaching the Gospel without demonstrating the gospel is not enough. Good preaching, the right doctrine, and being a good person is simply not enough. Jesus requires that in addition to knowing him is also living like him.

No longer should I be satisfied with being a voice for God to the world, without also being the arms and legs for God too. No one will want to hear the message unless I live the message as well.

I don’t want my life or church to be anything like the church in Laodicia from Revelation 3, because we learn that we can be doctrinally sound and still be spiritually dead. So when it comes to doctrine, what good is having all the right answers, if you never live them?

God constantly shapes and works on my faith … How has God been working on you lately?

(COMMENT OF THE DAY: That Girl said… “I always pictured God as the guy making the pottery on the wheel and I knew that at my divorce, he had taken what I had become and completely squashed it. I hated having to be squashed but I was still made of the same stuff. He has been working for the past 12 years to shape me into something more useful and I hope that I will cooperate and be what he wants me to be. He may have to start all over with me again but I’m going to trust him to turn me into something really cool!”)

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  1. Stoogelover says:

    I can’t begin to respond to this without writing a short essay, but I will say God has been working and I’m beginning to see some hope! Going from one side of the pulpit for many years to the other side and then trying to find a community of faith with which to assemble and celebrate and encourage one another has been one of the most difficult challenges of my life. The life changes for us in the past two years have been overwhelming. Thankfully, the one thing we’ve not faced (and I hesitate to even write this for fear it will come about) is health problems.

  2. Kim says:

    God has pressed on me over and over and over the past few weeks that He wants me to KNOW His Word. In my heart and in my head so that I am breathing in belief in Him and breathing out His word. It has launched me into a challenge to memorize scripture so that it becomes what I respond to Satan with.
    I think this is how God is working in me to help me overcome insecurity that I have been fighting for years. He has reminded me that He is the one who determines who I am. Further, He has shown me, again, that this type of insecurity stems from pride and being self-focused rather than God focused.
    The past few weeks haven’t been comfortable and in fact they have been very painful but they have been necessary to get me in a better place with Him.

  3. Belinda says:

    God has taught me over the last few months that He answers everyone of my prayers. Sometimes it isn’t what I had in mind but it was the best for me. I love knowing I can pray and believe, claim the promise and thank HIM for the blessings in advance he has for me no matter the outcome. Thanks for sharing today.Keep it up.Check out my new blog.
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  4. Hannah Grace says:

    I totally get what your saying! God has been working on my heart for awhile and just showing me that he wants me to BE the gospel not just speak it. This requires being in Christ and being so close and so wrapped up that it just pours out of my actions and words naturally.
    I love how God never stops teaching his followers, even when we feel like we are not worth teaching anymore!

  5. Rick Morgan says:

    Hands and Feet song:
    http://www.lala.com/song/576742227317659181/576742253087462957

    I’ll go where he sends me.

  6. cwinwc says:

    I’ve been on a 2 year journey to go from being consumed with making sure that people are happy to trying to please God and let go of any fears I might have in doing that.

  7. That Girl says:

    I always pictured God as the guy making the pottery on the wheel and I knew that at my divorce, he had taken what I had become and completely squashed it. I hated having to be squashed but I was still made of the same stuff. He has been working for the past 12 years to shape me into something more useful and I hope that I will cooperate and be what he wants me to be. He may have to start all over with me again but I’m going to trust him to turn me into something really cool!

  8. Peter P says:

    Yeah BABY!

    Now we’re cooking!

    Let’s stop talking and DO something!

    Like St Francis of Assisi said: “Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words!”

  9. bb1983 says:

    Trey~

    LOVE this post! God has been working on me too about my actions backing up my beliefs. Thanks for posting this!

    ~Bethany

  10. Gabrielle Eden says:

    I went to some prayer ministers to ask why I wasn’t being used by God in ministry, and one guy said God had shown him (prophetically) that I had some sin to deal with. (Not what I wanted to hear.) Suddenly – it all opened up.

    The whole area of un-forgiveness and bitterness opened up and I could see it and I started to deal with it. Not easy. It didn’t go away. I’ve been dealing with it ever since.

    Amazing how you can have areas you don’t see and suddenly the Holy Spirit reveals something to you.

  11. Peter P says:

    Trey,

    Have you seen this video?

  12. Donna G says:

    God has been teaching me this for awhile now. He first had to show me that just because I had always believed something it was not necessarily right. Basically I had to strip it away and step away to start to rebuild faith in a community. I KNOW that my faith has to be active. I have yet to find the group that believes that to the extent that I do. But we are still working on it!

  13. Fillmycup says:

    Love the Laodicia thought… much to ponder on that one.

  14. Terry says:

    I have been minimizing the opportunities for people to fill my mind with negative thoughts.

  15. nb says:

    I’m a work in progres…

  16. One Observationist says:

    Hey Trey – My first response to your post is: If more people (Christians) had lived their faith rather than rammed it down my throat I may be more motivated to be a part of the church today.

    I grew up in a strict CoC environment; a pk. And I lived it until about five years ago when I ran into a more open-minded group. That helped for awhile but I got burnt out on the traditions. They lost their meaning to me. I don’t see the point in them anymore.

    So, how has God been working on me lately? I don’t know.

  17. Johnny says:

    Too much of me and not enough of JESUS!

    The statement was made to me the other day that without doctrine there would be no faith. The statement was also made that “we have to tell them what makes us different (better) or we might as well close the doors.

    I believe you are right Trey. Just preaching a good sermon, having the “right doctrine,” and being a good person are not enough.

    Less of me and more of CHRIST! That is what God is asking of me.

  18. Ginger says:

    For quite some time, the Lord has been tugging on my heart to do a girls’ Bible study. I really relented because I just kept telling Him I was not the person for the job! However, He kept on putting that on my heart and I came across a study and in one week will be teaching it to the JH girls in our church. It is coming at a time in my life where I really need it, so once again, He is showing me He is in charge!

  19. doug young says:

    Trey,

    For a while now I’ve been convinced that God has been involved in doing to my life what Jeremiah 1:10 states. I feel as if some things are being torn down so that I can be rebuilt. It’s been tough, but I am better for it.

    Maybe for the first time in my life, I truly sense that I am clay in the potter’s hand, and that is a wonderful experience.

  20. TREY MORGAN says:

    There were some FANTASTIC comments here … I’m amazed how God is working on you too.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Late comment here. My husband and I just bought our very first house after renting for almost 13 years. We move in a week. Never have I been so stressed and scared and on my knees. God is teaching me patience in a big way. He is teaching my faith and honesty. He is teaching me trust most of all. We are going to barely make it to do this house, but it’s OURS. We are going to have to budget big time, and stick to it. God wants all of me, not just some of me. He is showing me that. I need to give it to Him. I cannot wait to praise Him on the other side of all of this! Also, He has taught me that my friends are His hands and feet. Never have I had such an outpouring of friendship, offers of help and just love and prayers! We serve an awesome God, for sure.

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