Life Works by How You Believe!
"And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee." Matthew 8:13
Jesus gave the truth about life... BELIEVE! The statement in Matthew 8:13 is not a religious idea; it is a life idea. God's Word tells us that if we would believe in our hearts and say it in a personal, present-tense way (by faith), it will be done unto us (Mark 11:23-24, John 11:40). The first step of anything and everything is to believe. It's not that we, as Christians, don't have enough faith or belief in God, but we may not have the right faith response to things in order to produce amazing results. All believers in Jesus Christ have access to His faith, but you will have what you say (Mark 11:23); believe whatsoever things you desire, you will receive (Mark 11:24). It's not the 'thing' that hinders us, annoys us or causes us emotional suffering; it's what we believe about it.
Have you ever found yourself in what you might call an 'impossible situation'? You feel trapped, overwhelmed, hopeless and powerless; there seems to be no solution. When you are faced with an impossible situation, you can hear the whisper of truth saying, "God is the god of the impossible. He can make a way when there is no way. It's on the way and I've got something bigger and better for you." We are nothing without God, but with Him, He takes the initiative to act where there is no solution to those impossible situations... Fear not, stand still, see the salvation of the Lord, and move forward (Exodus 14:13-15).
We can choose to believe God's Word and accept the scriptures as Truth. If we have any doubt, then we are double minded (holding two beliefs at the same time); our faith will be hindered. Satan will tempt us with the weapon of fear to steal our faith. Fear will cause doubt. Belief mixed with fear equals doubt producing double mindedness. When we mix faith with our belief (without doubt), the Holy Spirit is activated to bring forth what we hoped for into the natural realm. Jesus produced miracles by the faith within Him. What is your view of God that prevents you from trusting and believing for great things?
Believe more and learn more by removing doubt. The work of faith must begin by removing the uprising doubt that blocks and hinders the performance of God's Word. Doubt is called an evil heart of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12). Do not allow yourself to live in doubt (II Timothy 3:5).
We are responsible for our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, convictions and the words we speak. Whatever lifestyle that is created by our deep thinking patterns becomes reality whether constructive or destructive. If not corrected, faulty belief systems will reappear in our life.
To change our circumstances and the attract that which we choose, we must change our thinking, attitudes, beliefs and the words we speak. We are not to conform to the ways of this world, but we are to renew our minds and attitudes with God's Word (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23). If we want to change our conditions, we must be willing to change ourselves; nothing can happen on the outside until it happens on the inside. We see our life transformed in miraculous ways when we know, internalize and apply this truth.
Jesus Christ not only provided everything for believers, but He released all things to us freely. The challenge is to simply receive what He has already done, not get Him to do something. Receiving is a faith skill revealed to us by the Holy Spirit; it requires practice. We are used to earning things and trying harder, because we are taught we are to be achievers. But the way for us to achieve is to first believe; freeing us from worry and reasoning and enables us to live free and victorious lives (John 6:36, Hebrews 11:6). Learn to use the word receive. When the word receive is used properly, it makes open door contact with invisible substance.
To believe that life works by how we believe is to give up any excuse for the old sin nature; we have been given power over these things (Luke 10:19). But, faith requires that we begin to act like it and talk like it. This causes us to be instant in prayer and to speak faith when something happens. When the Bible says God will do for us something exeedingly, abundantly, above all we can think or ask, it is always by the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). The power to do what? The power in us to believe God's Word; to learn to speak God's Word; how to hold fast to your confession (Hebrews 10:23); and how to keep your expectations open for what seems impossible, Jesus Christ never puts limits on a believer (Matthew 17:20). Take time to meditate on God's Word and focus on speaking God's Word with boldness (Acts 4:31).