“Faith and strength come from a spirit of rest, which is being still long enough to see God move. It’s a place of obedience that releases our need to be in charge of the plan, but to keep doing our part.”- Nicki Koziarz
“[Noah] waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came back to him in the morning, and behold, in her mouth was a fresh plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.”- Genesis 8:10-11 (ESV)
Nicki Koziarz concludes Chapter 11 of Flooded as she note that Noah teaches us to never stop sending a resting faith out the window. Especially when we journey between the problem and the promise. Because there’s something very holy for you to hold on to in your process. Even if you’re not a naturally patient person. So, after the dove brought back the olive leaf, Noah waited seven more days to release the dove. That time the dove didn’t return to Noah.
In conclusion, Nicki offers three ways to challenge your faith when between the problem and the promise. Nicki uses the acronym G-A-P.
1. G – Get Settled in the Faith Place. The choice belongs to you – settle in doubt or settle in faith. Opting to settle in the faith place means you do everything to surround yourself with faith.. Above all, Nicki exhorts, stay put in the faith place. Because your promise is coming!
2. A – Affirm His Plans Again and Again. You need to affirm what God’s doing in this place between problem and promise. Not, Nicki stresses, so God keeps doing His plans, but that you’ll remember His plans.
3. P – Pray with Passion and Purpose. Here the author refers to the kind of prayer that shakes the ground beneath you. Thus, prayer represents the BEST thing you can do as you believe in God for breakthrough from problem to promise. Hence, prayer is not your last option. Therefore, persist in prayer. God never tires of you showing up in prayer.
Today’s question: What most helps you develop faith and strength from a spirit of rest? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “During times of transition”