We just finished going through the John Piper DVD series Battling Unbelief at church on Wednesday nights. I found it to be very insightful. I can’t tell you how the book is, but I really liked the DVD.
If I had to narrow it down to two main points I gained from it, it would be these:
1. Faith defeats sin/increases love.
2. God doesn’t give commands without a reason or promise behind them. (I’m a rule follower, but I often fail to see the God behind the rule.)
Lamentations 3:22-23 Illustrates both of those points in regards to worry.
It says: “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (It connects very nicely to Matthew 6:25-34.)
Having faith that God is faithful and forever loving, gives me a real reason for not worrying. When God commands me to not be anxious, He wants me to do so because I know He is faithful and loving. This is all over the Bible – We forgive because we believe He forgave us. We’re content because we believe He is all we need. We are patient because we believe He works things for good. I could go on and on. Why it strikes me as a new concept is hard to figure out.
It all gives good credence to my Dad’s quote, “Get a verse.” When you’re struggling, get a verse that tells you who God is in light of your struggle.
I barely skim the surface of all the content in this DVD and barely did justice to the skimming, but I tried.
Because this is my song of the week and it applies to the post, I would recommend spending your next 3 minutes and 30 seconds listening to God’s Unchanging Hand.Then let me know if you know someone who can teach our children to play one of those instruments.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/10907416″>”God’s Unchanging Hand” – The Franz Family, Live (Canon 5DmkII)</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/coldwatermedia”>ColdWater Media</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>