Challenge and Change
"And Jesus said to the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee..." Matthew 8:13
Two blind men followed Jesus, crying and saying, "Thou, Son of David, have mercy on us." Jesus asked them, "Believe ye that I am able to do this?" Without any hesitation, they spoke back with faith saying, "Yea Lord". Jesus touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith, be it unto you." Their eyes were opened. Matthew 9:27-29. Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue who wanted his sick daughter healed, "Be not afraid, only believe" (Mark 5:36). He said to Martha at her brother's grave, "Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory (positive, amazing results) of God?" John 11:40. The list goes on and on about Jesus telling people their faith has made them whole.
Jesus gave the truth about life... BELIEVE! 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 it requires revelation to activate it and see it at work. Believe that all things are possible (Matthew 17:20); believe you will have what you say (Mark 11:23); believe every need will be met (Philippians 4:19); 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.
We are nothing without God, but with Him all things are possible. He takes the initiative to act where there is no solution and makes all things possible according to how we believe! God provided us with a solution to any impossible situation... fear not, stand still, see the salvation of the Lord and move forward (Exodus 14:13, 15).
Ephesians 3:20 says God will do far greater (for you) according to the power that works in you. The power to do what? To believe God's Word; understand how to speak God's Word; understand how to hold fast to your confession (Hebrews 10:23); understand how to keep your expectations open for what seems impossible. Jesus Christ never puts limits on a believer (Matthew 17:20).
We are called to be conscious choice makers. In order to use choice making effectively in life, we must mix it with faith. When we choose the life of Christ, He is faithful to bring us through every situation that would seem impossible. Right choices cause us to be a natural witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.
We can choose to believe God's Word and accept the scriptures as Truth, but if we have doubt, then we are double minded (holding two beliefs at the same time); our faith will be hindered. Belief mixed with fear equals doubt producing double mindedness. When we mix faith with our belief (without doubt), it activates the Holy Spirit to bring forth what we hoped for into the natural realm. Jesus produced miracles by the faith within Him.
To have mental, emotional and physical success on this earth, we should challenge what we believe. It is a lifetime career in choosing faith that works by love (Galatians 5:6) to remind ourselves to affirm God's Word, keeping every imagination and thought captive through our obedience to Christ. Thoughts will exalt themselves against the knowledge of God unless there is faith. It is our responsibility to practice thinking and speaking words of faith and love. Every day choose your attitude of thanksgiving and praise for God, life and people. Every day choose your response according to God's Word to situations, people's surprise reactions and tricky emotions that call to lack, offenses and pain. We will see our life transformed in miraculous ways when we know, internalize and apply this truth.
Challenge These Ideas
1. You live by wondering what God wants you to do and you question if you have the courage to believe that God is waiting for you to say what you deeply believe. "In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee." I Kings 3:6. Notice and receive the lesson from Solomon in response to the Lord. "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?" I Kings 3:9. Make it a point to offer understanding to others before you judge or complain about them.
2. You are supposed to serve Jesus. Some way you must repay Him for what He did for you on the cross. This religious idea has caused emotional and mental breakdowns. This belief opens the door to hardness and bitterness. If we continue with this idea, we will soon think no one ever does anything or no one else is serving Jesus in the right way. Rethink serving Jesus with this: as a son/daughter of God, I choose to do things or have the courage to say 'no'. "Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, than an heir of God through Christ." Galatians 4:7. It is our position to be able to choose. Many activities are time fillers to make people feel good about themselves. The revelation of our true position in Christ will cause us to say 'no' because we already feel good about ourselves. A pastor's wife said, "After I was filled with the Holy Spirit, I started saying 'no' to many activities I was doing just to look good as a pastor's wife. What a relief!" I am called to be a chooser. As a son/daughter of God, I choose to serve Christ by serving others. I am a container and an expressor of the life of Christ by the Holy Spirit.
3. Make a practice of asking questions when you are confronted with certain situations; why do I believe this?; why did I feel down and depressed?; why did I become angry? Review the answer you gave yourself and if it involves fear or pride, repent. Fear and pride block the Word of the Lord. Replace lack, fear and limited thinking with God's Word.