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Inspired Living

Soul Food (You Gotta Believe)

Sarah Stanley

Welcome to Soul Food. Each Sunday on this site we focus on healthy living by reflecting on our soul and God. For if we neglect that, we have lost everything. (Luke 9:25 and Matthew 16:26.) Do you believe?

I engage, interact, observe and with countless people who don't believe. People who don't believe that they can make it. People who don't believe they can do the impossible. People that don't believe that faith IN Jesus is enough. How can such a simple thing be so complicated? Well, we're human and we make things a lot more complicated then they really are.

The other morning I was reading a verse that really impacted me. It was Mark 9:23 “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes." I found this really fascinating. Anything is possible if we just believe. But how many times do we listen to the voice of doubt, fear or lies instead of that truth? The first step isn't getting out of bed, it's believing that we can get out of bed. 

I always say hold on to the faith that has brought you this far. And I don't mean that lightly. To be where I am today is only by the grace, mercy and love of God. When I am struggling and want to bang my head against a wall, I stop to pause and close my eyes and look back on my life. I can see the times where things were completely dark & dismal and I had no idea how I was going to survive, but I BELIEVED God would be there every step of the way with me. And that's one of the key's- believing that God will never let go of me.  

Read this from Deuteronomy 31: 7-8 "Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Israel watched, he said to him, “Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors he would give them. You are the one who will divide it among them as their grants of land. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you." When we believe- have faith- that God will not fail us not abandon us, freedom is ours. Believing is possible. Anything is possible.

Believing doesn't mean everything will be smooth from here on out, but when we believe in Jesus that whatever our "anything" is possible, life takes on a while new outlook. What do you to need to believe today? That God loves you? That you can run a marathon? That you can lose weight? That you can eat real food? To be pure in action, word and deed? That you can survive whatever you are going through? You just gotta believe.

Soul Food Devotion: The first step is to believe. Can you believe? 

Prayer: Lord, to each person that reads this, may you let them know that they can believe. May they see that whatever they are going through is to bring them closer to you. You oh Lord heal the broken hearted and comfort the troubled. I thank you for promises and that you are a God of mercy, graces and second chances. Amen.