Thimble vs. Truckload Faith

August 14, 2015

“Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress..” (Psalm 4:1)

While I was learning that God is there, real and personal I met with one of my mentors after experiencing the divine presence of God in a mighty way.  I told Paris Reidhead, “My cup is just running over, Paris!” His response was: “How big is your cup, Dick?  It doesn’t take much to run over a thimble.  Why don’t you ask God to turn your thimble into a cup, your cup into a bucket, and your bucket into a truckload?”

I did pray that prayer, fervently.  At that time I did not know that according to verse above God’s vehicle for that kind of growth is distress.  If you want to know what distress is, just drop the first two letters:  God uses stress to grow us spiritually, just as putting stress on our muscles grows us physically.

Over the next few years I found myself going through deep waters and fiery trials.  When we had three toddlers and two in diapers my wife was hospitalized four times in one year in a hospital 100 miles away from our home.  During that crisis, as I juggled pastoring a church and mothering our five children the Lord enlarged me, big time!

Years later I lost my health and became a bed fast quadriplegic. That is when I really learned the “Four Spiritual Secrets” which have enabled me to minister beyond anything I could have imagined.

When you want to grow spiritually I dare you to ask God to turn your thimble into a cup, your cup into a bucket, and your bucket into a truckload.

Dick Woodward, 08 March 2013

Editors Note: A reminder, the Four Spiritual Secrets are:

I’m not, but He is.
And I am in Him, and He is in me.

I can’t, but He can.

And I am in Him, and He is in me.

I don’t want to, but He wants to.

And I am in Him, and He is in me.

I didn’t, but He did.
Because I was in Him and He was in me.


Absolutes about Knowing God

March 5, 2013

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11: 6)

The truth is when I first came to faith and to the ministry I was struggling to know God.  Providentially I had several spiritual heavyweights who mentored me to God.  They shook things down for me into three basic and absolute propositions that made sense to me then and still do today.

Their first proposition was that God is there.  I have not struggled with that proposition.  I began by reflecting on the many, many ways God responds to the very many prayers I pray to Him there.

Their second proposition was that God is real.  I found that when I related myself to God He responded by relating Himself to me.  That inspired me to believe that He was not only there, He was very real when I related to Him and made personal contact with His divine presence.

When I found myself sharing with God the intimate dimensions of my personal, private and even secret life He responded to those prayers.  I realized that I had come to believe in a personal God.  That was the third proposition of my mentors: God is personal.

They wanted me to believe in and come to know a God who knew the numbers of hairs on my head.  By the grace and providence of God I have come to know that personal God.  I can believe Him when He tells me He has a plan for my life which when followed will make me a unique person distinct from every other living person.

Will you believe in the God who is there, real and personal?


Why Believe?

February 1, 2013

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.  He that would come to God must believe that He is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

The author of these words is telling discouraged believers why they should not throw away their faith.  He writes that they must believe because without faith we cannot come to God, we cannot please God, and we cannot experience the beautiful reality that God rewards those who diligently seek Him.

When Jesus died on the cross a great veil in the Temple that separated sinners from the divine presence of God was supernaturally torn from top to bottom.  The significance of that miracle was, and is, that we can now go directly into the presence of God.  We no longer need the intercession of a priest.  The door into a relationship with God has been wide open since our High Priest Jesus opened it for us 2,000 years ago.  How could we not come to God through that door by faith?

We must believe because we are not only saved by faith – we are to live by faith.  As we live by faith our chief purpose in life is to glorify God.  To glorify God means to please God and we cannot please God without faith.  As we live our life in this world the greatest fact of life we know is that God is, and He blesses, enables, and rewards those who come to Him by faith.

The author then gives us what we call A Hall of Faith which exhibits for all time great examples of people who did not throw away their faith.  In spite of great challenges they believed that God is, they came to Him, they pleased Him and God rewarded their faith.


A Temple on Wheels

January 31, 2012

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you…?” (1Corinthians 6:19)

All over this world there have been, there are now, and there always will be temples in which people worship their god.  The Old Testament believers had the Tent of Worship which was followed by the Temple of Solomon where they worshiped the true and living God.  However, in the New Testament there is a concept that was revolutionary and is not fully understood or appreciated by the people of God today: that the body of a believer is the Temple of God.

When we understand the Gospel of the New Testament we realize two vital truths: there is something to believe and Someone to receive.  We are informed that the risen, living Christ is patiently standing at the door of our life and He is knocking on that door.  We’re promised that if we will hear His voice and open that door He will come into our life and have a relationship with us (Revelation 3: 19-20).  The Apostle Paul is telling us that when we experience that miracle our body becomes the Temple of God.

This presents a great challenge to all believers who have received the living Christ into their life in the form of the Holy Spirit.  Wherever we go we take that temple with us.  We might say that we are “A Temple on Wheels.”  Everywhere we go and every time we find ourselves associating with people the beautiful reality that we are the Temple of God should bring a divine presence to all those relationships.

How should the reality that we are a Temple of God impact all our relationships?