This one is a bit long, but worth the read. i am currently reading through Believing God by Beth Moore, and the following excerpt from the book was powerful for me this week:
“As you pursue the believing God journey, I suggest you make a commitment to some specific faith practices. They are ways God has given me to demonstrate externally a work He is accomplishing internally. I call this first faith practice “raising your shield of faith.”
The well-equipped ancient warrior didn’t wait until he was facing the fiercest battle of his life to learn to use his shield. He practiced in advance.
God taught me a specific way to practice taking up my shield of faith, and I use the method constantly in and out of heated battles. He equipped me with a five-statement pledge of faith that encompasses virtually everything we’re challenged to believe.
- God is who He says He is.
- God can do what He says He can do.
- I am who God says I am.
- I can do all things through Christ.
- God’s Word is alive and active in me.
Though I often say these five statements silently to myself, I thought of a way to outwardly symbolize raising my shield of faith by acting out physically what I’m committing to do spiritually. I raise my right arm and hold out my hand like a shield. I then put up my thumb and declare, “God is who He says He is.” I add my index finger and proclaim, “God can do what He says He can do.” Adding my third finger, I say, “I am who God says I am.” With my fourth finger I state, “I can do all things through Christ.” My little finger completes the shield as I say, “God’s Word is alive and active in me.”
I put an exclamation mark on the end of my five-statement pledge of faith by using sign language with the words “I’m believing God.” With the index finger of that same hand, I point to my heart and say, “I’m.” I point to my forehead and say, “believing” (because faith is always an exercise of the will, not the emotions). Then I point upward toward heaven and say, “God.”