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Friday, March 27, 2009

Marshmallow Faith

I love marshmallows. Something about those little cylinders of squishy sweetness makes me all happy inside. They’re fun to eat and even more fun to eat after you roast them over a fire. The outside gets all crispy and the inside is gooey.

As I roasted a marshmallow the other day I thought about how we Christians can be like marshmallows when it comes to our faith. Do we just melt in the fire?

Some days I worry that I may have marshmallow faith – and that’s not what I want. I want a faith that will stand the test of time and the fiery trials. I don’t want to melt in the fires of life. I want to be more like gold and grow stonger through my trials. I want substance and staying power.

Marshmallows are great fun to eat but you can’t live on them. Marshmallow faith is a lot like that to -- sweet and fun, but they can’t fill up that deep down hunger. You can’t survive on a diet of marshmallows alone and you won’t live in victorious freedom with marshmallow faith.

Just what is marshmallow faith? It’s faith that turns to goo when the heat hits. It’s a faith that’s all about the sugary sweetness and not about the meat of God’s Word. It’s a faith that will make you happy for a short while, but it won’t sustain you over the long haul. It’s a faith without substance. It’s a faith built on the knowledge of others, not a personal knowledge.

This is not the faith that God has called me to. He’s called me to be in a relationship with Him. He’s called me to walk worthy of His call on my life. He’s called me to do His will. He’s called me to walk in His ways. And, sister, he’s called you to all of the same. No one gets to be a marshmallow. No one gets to just float on the top of the hot chocolate.

so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing
fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Col 1:10

Are you living in marshmallow faith?

Are you all about the sugary sweet and not about the tough stuff?

Does your knowledge of God come from another person?

God has called you to Him and He’s waiting for you. Call on His name, open His Word and spend time with Him there. It’s in His word that you’ll find freedom to love Him and serve Him. In His word you’ll find the joy of the Lord and in His word you’ll find the strength and the knowledge to move beyond a marshmallow faith..

In Him,

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Blogger Denise said...

Such an awesome post.

April 1, 2009 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Latte With Me said...

I knew the minute I saw marshmallows it had to be you! :-)

April 3, 2009 at 9:49 AM  

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