I’ve been going through it for some time now with small intervals of peace. You know the place in the desert where your all alone, it seems. When it seems like prayer stops at the ceiling, like you might as well be praying to yourself. Where you continue to struggle, wrestle and it just seems like things get worst. I’ve been here many times in my Christian walk and like all the times before, it works out. Turns out just fine and I become that much closer to God and my faith strengthened. Praise be to God! It’s just a rough place to be I’m sure you would agree especially after enjoying God’s peace for a long time.
I caught the tail end of The Hall Lindsey Report last weekend on DayStar. He was talking about faith and breaking “The Faith Barrier”. It was so right on time and I had never heard it explained like this and wanted to share encase someone may find themselves in the same situation. i found it in written for online. Take the time to read it all the way through, it to long I think to copy the whole thing here.
Here’s the first page, follow the link afterwards.
Journey To God’s Rest
#7 Breaking Through the Faith Barrier
“Chuck Yeager, a pilot in WWII, climbed into the cockpit of an experimental, rocket-powered
aircraft dubbed the Bell X-1, which was attached under the belly of a B-29 bomber. Up in
the stratosphere he was thrown back against the seat as he ignited the rocket engines and
rapidly accelerated toward what the test pilots had nicknamed “the demon that lurks at the
speed of sound.” As he approached the speed of sound, the plane shook violently; he thought
it would disintegrate at any moment. The control stick shook violently. Just as it seemed the
craft would rip apart, there was a loud boom and all became quiet and serene inside the
cockpit. The buffeting stopped, the controls responded again and the mach meter had
zoomed past mach one. Man had cracked the sound barrier. There were still great pressures
on the outside of the craft, but turbulent air had shifted from the leading edge to the rear.
“He was flying smooth and stable and the screaming noise and violent air was left behind as
he soared toward the dark blue edge of the earth’s atmosphere.”
Is there a Faith Barrier? We all have to “break through” the faith barrier in our lives. It is
very difficult to penetrate. To “crack the faith barrier,” we must STAND STILL and EXERT
NO HUMAN EFFORT which defies our human experience and logic.
We MUST learn to depend upon God and not self.
What causes the Faith Barrier? As we approach a circumstance, trial, etc., in our life, there
are great pressures and turbulences that fight against our feelings and experiences.
We are prone to use our own limited strength and knowledge.
At times, it is very difficult to stop trying and simply believe the Lord’s promises.
When you finally “crack through the faith barrier,” you will find the most wonderful
experience of God’s rest. It is an inner peace and strength that defies all external
Truth: “Even though the pressures and problems still exist, you will experience an incredible
peace and assurance in your heart. Amazing works are produced through you while you are
resting in the Lord, because it is not your effort that is the source, but the Holy Spirit’s.”
Point to Ponder: If I don’t “crack the faith barrier,” I will not have a victorious Christian life
that is fruitful for the Lord.
Hebrews introduces the principle of how to “crack the faith barrier” and enter God’s rest.
The only way to enter God’s rest is by FAITH.
Background of Hebrews: Written around AD 66 to the Hebrew-Christian community in
Jerusalem. This is shortly before the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman Tenth legion which
began in AD 68. They destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70. There was severe
persecution of Christians during a few years before the siege”. Read the rest here. Journey To God’s Rest #7 Breaking Through the Faith Barrier Can’t you just relate to the opening part of the sound barrier being broke in you’r Christian walk, when you’r going through it? When you’re faith is being stretched, when it’s time to go through some trials, when it’s time to grow some more, time to take part some more in His sufferings, time to become conformed more into His image. “As he approached the speed of sound, the plane shook violently; he thought it would disintegrate at any moment”, “The control stick shook violently. Just as it seemed the craft would rip apart, there was a loud boom and all became quiet and serene inside the cockpit.” “There were still great pressures on the outside of the craft, but turbulent air had shifted from the leading edge to the rear. “He was flying smooth and stable and the screaming noise and violent air was left behind as he soared toward the dark blue edge of the earth’s atmosphere.” Remember in past experience when you’ve come through it all? Strike that, when He’s brought you through it all!
Encase you’ve forgotten it or for some reason never seen it or read it. I have it hanging on the wall in my bedroom. Footprints in the Sand.
This one would be a good desk top back ground. The footprints of God.
I want to share something I read this weekend from my devotional now that goes right along with this. “As long as Jesus is one of many options, He is no option. As long as you can carry your burdens alone, you don’t need a burden bearer. As long as your situation brings you no grief, you will receive no comfort. As long as you can take Him or leave Him, you might as well leave Him, because He won’t be taken halfheartedly.
“But when you mourn , when you get to the point of sorrow for your sins, when you admit that you have no other options but to cast all your cares on Him, and when there is truly no other name that you can call, them cast all your cares on Him, for He waiting in the mist of the storm”. Max Lucado.
If I’m honest, I find myself most always having some sort of back up plan if God doesn’t move or answer a prayer. If I look back on my walk I guess it’s always been like that. God has blessed me so much in spite of it though and I have enjoyed His peace before many times, for long periods of time. There is nothing like it in the world to be compared to. Guess it’s time to drop all other options. What a scary thought. God have mercy on me.
Remember 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” For some good readings check out the books of 1st and 2nd Peter.
God bless America and you.