Welcome to Speak Faithfulness!
This weekly podcast gives voice to the belonging, healing and wholeness of all God’s children. It exists to speak aloud the faithfulness of God by resting in Scripture and sharing the testimony of Christ revealed through us, His children, both now and in the past. We are opening our mouth for those unable to speak (Proverbs 31:8).
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV).
Your host today is Anna Smit. She is continuing the series, Upon This Rock, focusing on the life, calling and redemption of Peter. Each week we focus on a portion of Scripture that reveals the faithfulness of God toward not just Peter, but each one of us. We look at how Peter’s life reflects the belonging, healing and wholeness we can all find in our Savior, who calls us to speak aloud His faithfulness over ourselves and others.
Today, Anna is resting in John 18 verses 26 and 27. In the English Standard Version we read:
“One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked: “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.”
May this podcast bless you, as it encourages you to consider how God has perfected His power in your weakness in your own past and is continuing to do so today:
Anna also has a praise report: an answer to the prayers and laments in this podcast. God took His healing deeper. He gently showed her, as she listened to herself sharing, how she had let her pride and insecurity blind her to the beauty of Jesus inside of her. He showed her how that had led her to interact in fear and shame with others, rather than in pure love. But then, as shame came calling, He reminded her of His Promises to her, through her dear friend Gayl (the mother of Stephen, whose words Anna shares in today’s podcast):
Psalm 116:5-7 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is compassionate.
6 The Lord guards the inexperienced;
I was helpless, and he saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
It’s then the shame lifted, as she humbled herself with great joy beneath her Savior’s mighty hand. She understood that all along He had guarded her in her inexperience. And that He is even now redeeming every single sin she has ever committed, bringing healing and wholeness.
In last week’s podcast, Anna shares of a recent friendship breakup. She shares of her friend’s inability to receive the truth she spoke, as well as her own inability to receive the truth her friend spoke and of God’s breaking to make them whole in Him. What she didn’t share is she did not speak the original Words God gave her weeks earlier because she was afraid that she would lose her friend. She refused to defend her friend from the enemy’s schemes, agreeing with the lies of the enemy above God’s holy Word.
But God would bring it all to a head and bring about the breaking for her good and her friend’s, even in her disobedience. He would not allow her to deny the finished work of the Cross and bathe in self-righteousness and shame. He turned her to His Promises of eternal healing and wholeness in the breaking of His Body.
Praise be to God that He is the God who keeps no record of our wrongs. While Anna kept a record of her friend’s wrongs and her own, falling into pride and shame, God moved within her to lead her to repentance. Anna’s friend and Anna are covered by God’s grace. Now, when Anna looks at her friend and herself, she sees Jesus in them both. May God forgive her for keeping a record of her friend’s and her own wrongdoing, rather than embracing the grace and forgiveness God has so freely extended to them both.
He truly guards us when we are so blinded by our sin. He gently leads us, in His kindness, step by step opening our eyes more and more. And amazingly, He uses our every weakness to draw His Bride unto Himself, as He teaches each one of us to abide in Him through each others’ weaknesses, reaping the fruit of endurance in us all.
Incidentally the quote Anna chose for today’s graphic comes from one of the many more mature women of faith that Anna shares about today, who have become God’s family to her in the absence of a physical place to call her church home. Anna met Mary at her writers’ intensive in Switzerland in October 2016, a month before her baptism and the fiery trials began. It was like a warm bath in love and encouragement for Anna. Thereafter, Mary became a voice of truth, love and hope from afar to Anna, extending her so much grace over the past three years.
This podcast series on Peter actually has its roots in Switzerland. Mary asked the writers of the intensive to pen 10 chapter titles and summaries and Anna dove into the story of Peter, seeing its parallels with her own story of redemption and healing. But what she didn’t realize at the time was that God wanted to write this story – His story – deeper on her heart, before He would ask her to release it, to bless others also.
If you live in America and long to share your God-breathed story, I would strongly encourage you to check out Mary’s upcoming writer intensive this April 20 – 24 at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwell, Texas. Come ready to be bathed in the Spirit of love, truth, grace and powerful encouragement through Mary, whose own story shines the light of Jesus so strongly. And if you go, give Mary a big hug from me. Click on this link for more info:
Finally, may these songs affirm God’s perfect power at work in your every weakness today:
And may these songs fill you with thankfulness for the God who loves to work in and through our weakness: