Why am I a believer?

When I say … “I am a believer”
I’m not shouting: 
I’m clean livin’,
I’m whispering:  I was lost,
now I’m found and forgiven.

When I say … “I am a believer”
I don’t speak of this with pride,
I’m confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say … “I am a believer”
I’m not trying to be strong,
I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say … “I am a believer”
I’m not bragging of success,
I’m admitting I have failed
and need God to clean up my mess.

When I say … “I am a believer”
I’m not claiming to be perfect,
my flaws are far too visible
but still, God believes I’m worth it.

When I say … “I am a believer”
I still feel the sting of pain
and I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His Name.

When I say … “I am a believer”
I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner
who received God’s good  grace … somehow!
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is what I am
Faith is who I am
Faith is what I believe in
Faith is what believes in me

Faith keeps me going
on the right path
of this journey of life
Faith helps me play the
game, win the race

Faith teaches me to
forgive and forget
Faith allows me to love
and be loved
To be the person I am

Comfortable in my own skin
Proud of who I am
Kind to others
Real, compassionate
and faithful

My faith is
what truly defines
WHO I am
WHY I am
a part of the Great I AM
Hi, and welcome back to page 4.

Regarding the biggest lesson and TRUTH life and survival taught me:

Have you ever wondered ...

Why is life so hard?
Why do bad things happen?
Why do bad things happen to good people?

And where is God in all of this?  Surely He could put an end to our pain, our loss, our suffering?  But He doesn’t.

And then we become upset and demand to know:  “Why does He allow this to happen to me when He is supposed to be such an all-powerful and all-loving God?”

Maybe we hope that, by putting a guilt trip on Him, will make Him change His mind regarding our circumstances.

But it doesn’t.

Deep down we know He is not the one causing the loss or pain in the first place, but He does allow these trials and tribulations to happen because He promises everything will work out best for us when we trust in Him.

And it does.
Somehow, it always does.

Either in a weird or wonderful, simple or complicated, small or huge, insignificant or miraculous way, it always does!  It only takes a little time and patience for us to begin to understand the bigger picture of the TRUTH namely: life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards ... with hindsight ... when the crisis is over.

To try to understand WHY God allows bad things to happen to us, we need to accept the fact that we were all created with fantastic potential through gifts and talents.  And God wants us to develop our potential to be the best we can be.  Unfortunately, we love our predictable comfort zones and we hate to be disturbed.

Satan torments us because that's his job, and God allows it because very often it is the only way He can get us to live fulfilling lives according to our God-given potential which is the highest form of happiness. And of course, when calamity strikes, suddenly we all look for God and often that is the only way God can get our attention.

Let me explain it this way:

You are a powerful and exceptional human being with unique gifts, talents and passion, with unlimited potential and creative abilities to do whatever you want to do with your life.  You were born for success and for greatness, but you prefer to be stuck in a rut by following the masses.

William Shakespeare said:  “What a piece of work is man!  How noble in reason!  How infinite in faculty!  In form, in moving ... gloriously admirable!  In action, how like an angel!  In apprehension, how like a god!”  And that's YOU!

Did you know? ... a biologist once experimented with, what he called:  the disease of inbred laziness.  He lined up caterpillars on the rim of a pot that held a plant so that the lead caterpillar was head to tail with the last caterpillar, with no break within the parade.

These tiny creatures walked in a circle around the rim of the pot for a full week before they died of exhaustion and starvation.  Not once did any of the caterpillars break out of line and venture over to the plant to eat.  None of them wanted to be “different” and it probably was too much effort for them anyway.

Food was only inches away, but the comfortable follow-the-masses instinct was even stronger than the drive to eat and survive.  Can you imagine?

Moral of the story: Other people’s way of living and doing things should not be OUR way of living and doing things because we are unique, born with our own purpose and destiny.

So, how does God get us out of that lunatic caterpillar cycle to nowhere?  He uses Satan to push us or trip us up.

Why? Because our soul and destiny are more important to God than our comfort. 

Why?  Because we do not belong to ourselves.  We all belong to God ... believe it or not.  (Remember the story about Jonah and the whale?  I rest my case).

So, what exactly does God want from us?  He wants us to metamorphose - the original word in Bible language is metamorpho and it means to transform.  When a crawling caterpillar changes from a lowly little worm into a beautiful butterfly with wings, it is called metamorphosis - reaching its full potential and destiny!

And if we don’t willingly want to transform into what God created us to be, He allows Satan to trip us up so that He could have our attention for a little chat and to transform us from the inside out.

But trials and tribulations are also allowed by God to teach and train us especially if we have a higher calling than others.  (Think about Joseph in the Bible.)  Satan wanted to destroy him and God used it to teach and train Joseph to be second in command of Egypt!  Why?  Because God needed a trained Joseph with character and humility to save a whole nation from famine, as well as his family who betrayed him.

Truth is:  We all face difficult situations, but God uses difficulties to do a work in us.  We grow in the tough times, because that is when our character (values and beliefs) is being developed.

God always has a victory prepared for you, if only you believe.  We serve a big God with big plans for your future.  Maybe some things haven’t worked out the way you thought they should because those plans were too small for you.  Maybe it’s time to stretch yourself further and get a bigger vision for your life.

Your Creator can see potential in you that other people cannot see, 'cos He made you and He instilled the promise of greatness into you.  Sometimes people will try to push you down or make you feel insignificant.  Sometimes our own thoughts will try to convince us that we don’t measure up and we will be better off staying a lowly little caterpillar.

But God doesn’t just see what you are now, He sees what you can become.  Maybe you have made some mistakes, and you will make more mistakes and even bigger mistakes down the road, BUT God still sees victory on the inside of you. People may have tried to push you down, BUT God sees you rising higher ... just like Joseph!

Now, deep down, start believing that you are redeemed, restored, talented and valuable.  God’s not finished with you.  He looks beyond the surface and sees your God-given promise.  All you need to do is to ask Him, trust Him, stay in step with Him and watch His plan for your life unfold.

No matter what you may be facing right now, no matter what trial you may be going through - God is working behind the scenes in your life because He has a plan to turn things around in your favour.  Just believe it!

With God on your side, there is nothing to be afraid of.  Like David, God has put in you skill that can slay a giant.  You have enough skills and talents to open new doors that can lead to an abundant life, but the key is that your skills and talents need to be found or identified, and then developed. 

Now, embrace the victory He has prepared for you by trusting Him and trusting in Him.

We said:  You are a powerful and exceptional human being with unique gifts, talents and passion, with unlimited potential and creative abilities to do whatever you want to do with your life.  You were born for success and for greatness ....  but how do you find it?   ...  PAGE 5

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