Give Me That Mountain

One Greater than Our Comfort

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty-three...

Faith is to believe that God exists—to the extent that I am willing to risk anything and everything in seeking Him—without having any contingency plan.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

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No Contingency Plan Necessary

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty-two...

There's a railroad crossing just below the farmhouse where I grew up. As a teenager driving home alone at night, after a band practice or some other school activity, I depended on that warning signal.

The trains crossing the highway were extremely difficult to see after dark. And without those bright red flashing lights, I could have easily run headlong into the side of one of those trains.

railroad crossing

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We Cannot Be Separated from God

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty-one...

Eighteen coal mine disasters (accidents with five or more fatalities) occurred here in the U.S. in 1907. An explosion at the Monongah coal mine in that same year claimed 362 lives.

Was God accessible to the workers who were not instantly killed in those mine disasters? Were those trapped deep below the earth's surface in the presence of God?

coal mine disaster

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God Is Close, Very Close

Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty...

A while back, something went wrong with the database on our server, and I had no access to our website for several hours. Now I clearly remember that day!

A few other issues had hit me all at once, and I was tempted to “endure” my circumstances by going into that all‐too‐familiar “survival” mode—that “put your head down and just push on through” mode.

computer crash

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With Him

Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-nine...

Recently, God put it on my heart that life shared with Him is one big adventure.

That's quite a contrast to those periods when I just wanted Him to get me out of here so I could spend life with Him in Heaven.

adventure

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What Would You Ask For?

Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-eight...

That night, there in Gibeon, GOD appeared to Solomon in a dream: God said, “What can I give you? Ask.” (1 Kings 3:5 MSG)

“Here's what I want: Give me a God–listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?” (1 Kings 3:9 MSG)

king solomon

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Sometimes the Gift Comes in More than One Package

Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-seven...

“Open this gift first!” So you open the beautifully‐wrapped package, but you scratch your head over what you've just opened.

“Now you can open this gift!” As you rip off the paper and realize what's in the second gift … well … it all makes sense now.

more than one box

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Relationship Matters

Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-six...

Marriages born out of love often become marriages of convenience over time. Same two people, and technically the same marriage—but things are not the same as they once were.

The same two people who used to try to out‐give each other now try to out‐take each other. The same household chores that were once all about serving the other person become all about meeting necessary obligations.

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What Are We Chasing After?

Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-five...

And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. (Luke 12:29–31 NKJV)

We had concluded from our discussion of this passage, during one of my classes last week, that Jesus had not limited the “all these things” list to just those items mentioned in the Bible (food, drink, clothing, and not having an anxious mind). Jesus intended for this list to remind us of all the things that people all over the world seek after every day.

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Wrong Motives

Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-four...

Give me Jesus, 
Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world,
Just give me Jesus.

I hope these lyrics, from Jeremy Camp's worship song titled, “Give Me Jesus,” reflect your answer to the question I asked you on Friday.

jeremy camp

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