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Art or Altars – 31 Days of Truth {Day 17}


I’m incredibly forgetful when it comes to living in the knowledge of what God has done for me. Oh, I can remember and tell you things, but I don’t live like I remember those victories. I often find myself going around and around the same mountain. Coming back to the same struggles, or a different level of the same struggle. I’m forgetful. No better then the nation of Israel.

When I’m on the mountaintop – I can clearly see the valley and the direction the path is heading. But the longer I’m on the path that winds through the valley away from the mountain; the more I doubt what I heard on the mountaintop.

In the light of the brilliant vision I’m so tempted to think “I’ve got this”! God is so big, I can’t wait to see how this all walks out. But the longer we walk, the smaller God seems, and the more I doubt what I heard. The devil whispers the same thing today as He did to Eve – “Did God really say…?”

I had a startling revelation this weekend. I can’t even have faith on my own to walk out in the valley what I saw on the mountaintop.  For the first time in a real way I’m realizing that faith is a gift from the Spirit, not something I can conjure up on my own. Faith is a choice, but it is also a gift!

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, (1 Cor 12; 7-9)

The beauty of faith being a gift is that we can ask for it! Are you having a hard time believing the Lord about something, or something He has called you to do? His grace allows us to ask for faith.

We need reminders when we are in walking in the valley. There is a reason Moses wrote the 10 commandments down when he was on the mountain. Mark Batterson talks a lot about the importance of remembering what God has done in his book “Soul Print”. I will always remember one phrase of his “Art or Altars?” We can have art on our walls or we can have altars of remembrance to the Lord. In my life, art is the things I’ve accomplished, or beauty that others see. Altars have a quiter presence and often only make sense to you and the Lord.I have one wall in my apartment of “altars” of things the Lord has done. It is time to put up another one because I’m heading back into the valley. Seeing those altars every morning as I wake up help me remember the truth of the mountain tops. But I’m learning that the truth of the mountaintops – is only established and purified in the valleys.

We were not created to remain on the mountaintop but to live in the valley. What do you do to remember important things the Lord teaches you?

Today’s Tidbit of Truth: I’m so thankful for His gift of faith. It is by Him alone we walk. This song by City Harmonic “Mountaintop” has blessed me in many valleys. May it encourage you too!

Author: notunredeemed

Jesus follower, people lover, truth scribbler. Addicted to pain (growth). Passionate about relationships, identity and the transforming power of Christ.

3 thoughts on “Art or Altars – 31 Days of Truth {Day 17}

  1. Great post, Katie! Yes, I realized that faith was a gift as I have studied the gospel’s intersection with my daily life more and more. And I have begun to pray for faith more frequently…faith to trust, faith to believe. It’s all of Him and even as I type I sit in awe. Again. Of our AWESOME Savior!

    • Thank you Mandy! You always encourage me. Along with prayer for more faith, I’ve been praying for awe again, for the wonder of Him to be back in my life. And as He is answering my prayer for faith, Awe is creeping in. He is so good!

  2. Pingback: He Heals our Faith – 31 Days of Truth {Day 21} « Not Unredeemed


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