All Things Are Possible
As Christians, we should allow our beliefs to govern our lives including what we think, say, and do. As the Rev. Doug Jones once taught me, this is known as our ‘belief system.’ Believing is a choice and acting on what you believe is called faith. Down the years, I have observed that a person can believe in something, but not be in faith. Let me give you an example: If I asked someone, “do you believe that if you would eat certain foods, exercise on a regular basis and avoid sugar for six weeks, you would lose weight?” This person would respond with an emphatic, “Yes, of course I believe that!” This individual could be completely persuaded and even start to tell others about how they believe, but until they actually begin to act on this belief, it will not produce results in their life.
Believing is trusting God’s word and being convinced that it’s true. Faith is corresponding action and acting on what you believe. You can believe in something but not have faith to go along with it. It is imperative that we start acting on God’s word, not just believe it, “for even the demons believe and tremble” (James 2:19). In Hebrews 11:6 it says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” You could say it like this, ‘faith is required’. Faith is the currency of the Kingdom and it’s how things move. That’s how God chooses to reveal Himself to us, through His word, the Holy Spirit and faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” God wants us to act on what He said, because faith is choosing to believe and trusting in Him. When you trust someone, you don’t waiver or vacillate about what they said. For instance, if my wife told me to meet her for lunch and gave me the time and date, I wouldn’t analyze or worry whether she’d turn up or not, I’d simply act on what she said. This is because I trust her one hundred percent and have no reason to doubt her word. God is to be trusted so much more than any woman or man on this earth! This is the personification of faith, trusting the person’s word and acting on it. God loves it when we become doers of His word and not just hearers only (James 1:22).
God has placed the responsibility for believing in our hands. You see, it’s not what God’s able to do; He can do anything. It’s what you’re able to believe God can do for you. In the book of Mark, Jesus came across a man whose son was possessed by an unclean spirit and the man cried out to Jesus saying, “If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!” (Mark 9:22 -The Message). Of all the things Jesus could have said, he replied with this, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Jesus focused on the man’s faith and what he believed for, putting put it right back in his lap. It wasn’t that Jesus didn’t have compassion or didn’t want to help; Jesus wanted him to release his faith and trust Him. All through the Gospels, Jesus told people that their “faith had made them whole” (Luke 17:19) or, “your faith has made you well” (Mark 5:34) or “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well” (Luke 18:42). Our faith taps into the power of God. When God sees an individual believing and trusting Him regardless of the situation, He moves on their behalf. But we must not doubt or waiver when we come to the Lord in prayer (James 1:5-8). God wants us to believe we receive when we pray and stand on His word (Mark 11:24).
Now faith is a matter of the heart, and having confidence in God and His promises will give you rest. Having confidence in God and His promises dissipates any doubt in your heart. Doubt is when we reason things out and start to second guess His word. Doubt is not being sure God will do something as you have no knowledge about what He said concerning the matter or you are not convinced in your heart. Unbelief in contrast, is knowing what He said but choosing not to believe or struggling to believe He can do it for you. You cannot believe further than you have knowledge and when it comes to being a Bible believer, you cannot believe God for something unless you have knowledge of His promises in the Holy Scriptures.
I like what Brother Kenneth E. Hagin said: “you can have faith in your heart and doubt in your head and still get the victory.” This is true of the man whose son was demonized, because he came to Jesus expecting a miracle, but doubted. In the story, the father of the child cried out to Jesus and said with tears, ‘Lord I believe, help my unbelief’ (Mark 9:24). This contrasting statement showed that he believed in his heart that Jesus could deliver his son but he wavered in unbelief that Jesus would do it for him. It is ok to express this if it arises but go back to the word immediately, dissipate the doubt in your heart and choose to believe God’s promises are applicable for you. The man believed Jesus had the power and authority to perform his son’s deliverance (or was capable) but the crux of the matter was whether he would do it for him. Choose to believe all of Gods promises and that He will do it for you!
What do you believe God for today friend? Are you expecting His word to work in your life? Remember, it’s the one who believes, who will see the impossible, because all things are possible to that individual!
|Associate Pastor Bobby Wayne Musgrove is an ordained minister at the Denver House of Prayer. He is joined in the ministry by his wife, Bobbi Allison, and two children. In his spare time, he is a violinist and loves to hunt.|