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I’m not going to lie or make excuses, this word has been a challenge. I am six months into thinking deeply on what it means to “believe” for more, with a persistence which does not let go. At this point, there is no counting the number of times this year I have prayed, “Lord, when I falter, help me in my unbelief.”

In her book, Your Sacred Yes, Susie Larson quotes Dr. Wiersbe:

“As we feed on the Word of God and apply it in daily life, our inner “spiritual senses” get their exercise and become strong and keen …. It is impossible to stand still in the Christian life: we either go forward and claim God’s blessing, or we go backward and wander aimlessly.”

Your Sacred Yes has encouraged me to go forward, to believe God for even more in my life.

It is easy to over-obligate ourselves, saying yes to everything which comes our way. Yet even good things may not be the “yeses” we are supposed to embrace. We must learn to discern that which God is calling us. We must learn to heed the gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit as He guides so that we do not strive and strain our way through life.

As we overcome unbelief and walk in God’s yes for us, we find ourselves living with expectancy and an awareness of Him. As our hearts and minds are engaged and do what He says, we become more spiritually healthy. We’re able to navigate life and our circumstances with increasing wisdom.

As we keep on believing, we learn to consistently guard our hearts and minds as those who are set apart for Him. We want to think as He thinks. We desire lives which will look at the injustices around us and dig our heels in deeply and determine we will not drop the ball in our generation.

In John 15, Jesus tells us: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” As our lives move forward in Him, our lives become productive for His purposes.

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8, NIV)

Your sacred “Yes”.

It will bear much fruit.

All to God’s glory.

book-whiteThis book makes a wonderful study whether done alone or in a group. Each chapter includes a prayer, questions for personal reflection, a wise quote from another source, group discussion starters and a declaration of faith. The book will help lead readers into a deeper relationship with God, which will make it easier to discern God’s will and then respond.

**** I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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