Monday, October 31, 2005

knowing & trusting Jesus
God has been showing me some great things. So, let me "Tell of his wonderful acts."
As many of you know, my Father-in-law, Gunnar White has graciously been supplying April and I with the most delightful mode of transportation: a ‘95 Buick LeSabre. It has power everything; from steering to windows, to locks and volume. Unlike our last vehicle, it even has a working horn, an uncollapsed ceiling, windows that roll down, and armrests which are still attached to their corresponding seats. We are extremely grateful for this car.
There is however one small downfall to this luxurious, spacey, light blue beauty. This downfall is 275,000 miles on the ticker. For all you metric lovers, that’s 442, 569 kilometers. I know it seems big, but my God is bigger!

The car has actually failed to start a few times since we got it in the summer. At first, we had it repaired and Gunnar helped A LOT. But each time after that first incident, I have gone straight to the Lord in prayer, instead of to Gunnar, and each time I have done this the engine starts right away. The crazy thing is, that each incident has occurred when my relationship with the Lord was taking a back seat to my busy life. It’s as if God was reminding me that all things are By Him and For Him, including the running of this car.
“It is not by mechanics, nor by tune-ups, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord.

God literally runs this car.

This situation has brought me to a challenging question: Do we trust ourselves more than God, the maker of the Universe? Do we trust our senses more than the Word? How many times have you been given a prophecy/ word of knowledge to share, and instead of sharing it right then, you try for weeks to discover its level of truth?
Myself, God gave me 2 words of knowledge last fall- both VERY edgy. In one the Lord told me to tell a Christian to stop sleeping with their boy/girlfriend, in the other the Lord told me that a specific guy at school was pondering suicide, and I was to share with him God’s love. Embarrassed to say, I pondered over one for about 3 weeks before sharing it (it turned out true and helpful). The other, I never shared; I was too scared that it may be false, and I would embarrass myself.
What made me think that God, the Master of the Universe was wrong? Or even that my interpretation was wrong? Trusting our physical senses more than our spiritual ones is equally as stupid. Jesus is more trustworthy than anyone. He loves you, He wants to help you, He cares about your situations, He is on your team. Trust Him!

"The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes." Ps. 118:7-9

most encouraging post: ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD,
best line: "i have seen teachers go in and come out. my theory is, of course, that that is another bathroom for them with velvet toilet seats and free chocolate bars, and nice music playing too." OOO, MY BAD",


Blogger Danielle said...

Hey there Brotha..

Very encouraging.

I love how simple God wants to make our lives. It's incredible that we can get sooo busy with life.... over complicating it... and there within we forget the simple principle that we are just to give it all to God.



3:33 p.m., October 31, 2005  
Blogger Rose_White:Hurdler said...

I remember that car!! Anyways that was a very encourging post!!!!!! PRETTY SWEETO!!!!!!!!!!


3:42 p.m., October 31, 2005  
Blogger katevp-a said...

Hey Josh.
In 2002 i had my own little "faith-mobile". It was a 1982 toyota tercel, and i loved it, but i had to pray each time that i got in the car that it would not break down, flood, whatever unless i was near a phone or my final destination. and lo and behold it never did (maybe i should have prayed for it to never break down, hmmm.) anyway, it was older than most of the people who rode in it, and the same age as me at the time.
It got totalled off by the next owner and there went the faith-mobile. it had been passed down through many christians for the ripe price of $1. I think i actually still owe for mine!

also, feel free to link me on the ministries without borders webpage.


3:53 p.m., October 31, 2005  
Blogger AmyD said...

Hey Josh....wonderful post...very encouraging and eye opening. A good reminder that we really need to give EVERYTHING to God and trust in him always. Sometimes a hard thing or something that just gets put aside. Thanks for the kick in the pants!!!
I also would like to thank you for acknowledging me as what you feel is the funniest post...I'm honoured!!!
You'd be my pick for the most encouraging this week!!

9:46 p.m., October 31, 2005  
Blogger Happy in candyland said...

WAHOO! i won best line!! :-)

ok, well, josh i totally agree with u. it is all soo true. hope the "buck" keeps working for u.
hope to see ya soon!

8:54 p.m., November 02, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dude,
its good to hear things are workin out...its freakin sweet,
god ya loads

11:34 a.m., November 03, 2005  
Blogger David Lambert said...

your car runs on faith... that is simply amazing... that's because you are a man of great faith... and wisdom. excellent post. have a blessed day.

9:49 p.m., November 04, 2005  
Blogger Melody said...

wow, thanks josh that was amazingly encouraging! it was good to see you this weekend, keep taking good care of my april... your wife (in case you forgot!)

5:26 p.m., November 07, 2005  
Blogger T said...

hey dude...very thoughtful post my friend. THanks for the shouts outs for the pictures. I hope you're doing well. As far as linking my blog I think that should be a negatory - wouldn't want to offend anyone...not that it's really offensive but I wouldn't want to be inadverent and upset someone.

Hang tough.


4:59 p.m., November 08, 2005  
Blogger Cameron said...

Has anyone named Cam Fraser told you yet today that you are a right-on-kind-of-faith-filled-dude.
(the sort that the kids call 'the man'). If not, allow me to be the first!
And by 'kind of' I mean 'of the sort' not 'sort of'
Peace out (and in the auto)
Ron Jon

5:09 p.m., November 10, 2005  
Blogger LYNNSY said...

James has one of those cars that only runs on Faith too!!!! Sometimes we will be driving along and all of a sudden it just dies on us...He has attempted to fix it many times an each time he has "fixed" it...he truly does find something wrong and it gets fixed...but so far the fix has not been on the problem of the car just randomly shutting off on him! I am going to print off your post to encourage him....even though he continues to always have a good attitude about the situation...I am sure he needs encouragement...
and your post will probably bring him a new strength for faith in this situation! Thanks Josh! Reading your post makes me miss being on the GAP and being able to be encouraged by your wisdom and testimony in the Lord daily!!!!!
God Bless

2:00 p.m., November 11, 2005  

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