Have you ever represented something as being better, greater, or larger than it really is? Some of us do this now and then. We do it for a variety of reasons, but God doesn’t do it for any reason. He means what He says and says what He means in the Bible and as He speaks to our heart. The question is, do we believe it? Asked another way, do we believe Him?
You may have heard the expression “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” I know it sounds a little stern, but I have always loved that phrase. I just want to believe everything God says in His Word and have Jesus manifest in and through my life, don’t you? Deep down, I do believe everything He says — even the things that sound outrageous, like
• As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12), and
• Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24) and
• Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. (James 1:2)
In my heart, I don’t believe God exaggerates. But sometimes I act like He does, and you may too. Why is this so?
Does doubt ever get in the way of your belief? It does for me. Sometimes I picture it like this: I am walking down the street, hand in hand with Belief. Doubt (usually accompanied by Fear) is coming down the sidewalk towards me, ready for a fight; I can sense it. Doubt wants to separate me from Belief. Belief keeps walking, head held high. Doubt takes off running towards Belief like a linebacker, tackling it head on. Belief is still alive, still with me, but it has been blocked by doubt.
The Bible says all who are in Christ have been given a measure of faith. We “possess” that measure of faith, in Him. But in many cases, doubt has been there longer, is often stronger as it’s joined by Fear, and gets in the way. And so we doubt, with Belief (faith) standing in the wings, feeling overwhelmed and as small as a “mustard seed” which, by the way, God says is enough to move a mountain!
Doubt and unbelief permeate the world and the church. We say we believe God, but the evidence often shows we believe science, psychology, the Internet, TV, people at the office, and a host of other sources. Our tiny, powerful, seed of Faith is blocked by a flood of doubts from every corner of our lives – we are inundated. But didn’t God say “without faith, it’s impossible to please Him?” Do you think there might be some deliberate, opposing forces to faith, given that it’s the one thing the Bible says is a pre-requisite to pleasing Him?
I want to encourage you that, in Christ, you have enough faith to move a mountain if it’s in the way of receiving God’s will in any area of your life. But you will need to refuse the doubt assaulting your mind. This happens as we seek, learn and come to know the truth about God and who we are in Christ, and then stand in and on it when negative thoughts come in. For doubt is a negative, anti-Christ spirit. Our God is good, kind, patient, loving, true, faithful, noble, almighty and full of grace — and He always speaks the truth.
Here are some things God says in His Word that will change your life forever when you receive them into your heart:
• This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:10 (Your Heavenly Father wants your security to rest in one thing: His everlasting love for you in Christ.)
• God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:21 (God views you as righteous as His very own Son.)
• For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14 (God’s view of you is independent of your behavior….and He is the one who is changing you from glory to glory into the likeness of Jesus.)
• God……has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Ephesians 1:3 (These blessings are already yours.)
• If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91: 9-10 (Self-explanatory)
• [God] …forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases. Proverbs 103:3 (all means….ALL)
I leave you with this verse:
“God is not a man, so he does not lie.
He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” (Numbers 23:19)
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8