Have you ever said, “I’ll believe it when I see it?” It’s how things seem to work in this world. We have trouble believing something is true if we can not see it for ourselves. It’s interesting that Jesus said the exact opposite in His instructions to His followers.
When Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, He was attempting to teach them that with God, there are no limits. He was saying they could have whatever things they ask for if they would believe. This is not a simple concept because it is the opposite of how we live much of our lives… but it’s true if we involve the spiritual realm. The only thing that limits what God can do and will do in your life … is your belief system. It sounds so simple yet it is so powerful.
Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:21-22 NKJV). There it is… receiving AFTER believing.
Your life, as it exists right now, is a result of what you have believed (spoken and acted on, based on what’s in your heart) over the past weeks, months, and years. This means that if you want to see change in your life… well, you must first change what you are believing.
There really is good news in considering this information. Why? Because God has already given you the ability to have major control of your destiny and your future. You see, if you’ve made Jesus the Lord of your life, then the life you live is not just a “hit-and-miss” experiment. You and I have been granted access to the Godly things we desire through our ability to believe the Lord. We can tap into the limitless miracle power of God by developing and stretching our faith. Yes, faith in His promises. Faith in our God–without doubting in our heart.
That doesn’t mean that doubts don’t come into your mind. That’s where the battle is. Satan can, and does, put thoughts into our head much like a fisherman puts a worm on a hook into the stream. Will we agree with that thought and act on it or recognize that it is contrary to God’s will for us? God’s Word instructs us what to do when an ungodly thought shows up in our mind. We cast it down and take it captive–not allowing it freedom to continue. Look at 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV). “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
Instead, we choose to continue in our non-stop believing the Word of God… not for selfish, carnal things, but for God’s will in your life. His power and the abundant life He came to earth to give you.
Jesus desired that His disciples would think “outside the box” in order to believe God for the impossible. And anyone who reads the Bible, even for just a few chapters, can usually see that He asks His followers to exercise faith. Faith is spiritual currency in God’s kingdom. He was telling His disciples that the only requirement for receiving was their believing. He knew the only obstacle to this kind of believing was the natural mind–or as the King James version refers to it… the carnal mind. Consider the following:
- The natural mind comes up with a lot of reasons why “it” can NOT happen.
- The natural mind will explain precisely why “it” will NOT work.
- The natural mind will block the supernatural, and limit you to the probable, the logical, and the reasonable.
Well it sure doesn’t take exercising of faith to believe those things. But God has a better way for you and me.
Whatever it is you are praying for, especially when it is in line with His will, God has promised in His Word that it can, and will, happen when you believe. So we encourage you. Start this week creating a new life for yourself. Why not decide to be all you were created to be? Why not live your dream by doing what Jesus said to do—which is to stretch your belief system.
To remove your previous limitations and replace them with faith, you can do the following things:
- Set your heart and mind fully on God’s Word and the promises He has made to you.
- Highlight those words in your Bible. Write them in a journal. Scribble them on post-its and place them where you see them daily.
- Then, choose to believe God’s Word is true in YOUR life. Give God authority to accomplish these things in your life. Determine to believe and bring your words and actions into agreement with what is in your heart.
- And believe that you will receive those things you ask for in prayer by thanking and praising the Lord before you see them.
Tell yourself out loud that God is making you into a spiritual giant, with mountain-moving faith. Get in agreement with that belief. You can do it. It is God’s will for you. God desires to move in your life with amazing power. He has put you in this place and time for a divine purpose and desires to build His kingdom through you. Yes, there will always be worldly giants (obstacles) in the way, just like Joshua encountered in the land God had promised them. But with faith Joshua focused beyond the obstacles (giants) to God’s promise, and with faith was able to overcome. With God Nothing Is Impossible.
*Paula and I are currently using these same principles as we are stepping out in faith to take new ground in the healing ministry. Please pray for our protection and support as we develop and launch Healing Way Workshops / Revival, as we minister to the many who are in need of God’s authentic healing in their lives. The enemy is having fits over this so please lift us up in prayer. For more information about what we are striving for, check out the Healing Way.
Always your brother and sister in Christ. And remember with God nothing is impossible!
Dale & Paula
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