ALL things are possible. The question is, “Are all things ‘ALL THINGS?’” The Bible says ALL things are possible to him that believes. (Mark 9:23)
Some of you reading this have been discouraged and disappointed. Because of your disappointment, you are holding back on trusting God. You are holding back on believing God because there was a point in your life when you once believed God for something that was very dear to your heart.
Maybe it was a loved one with a terminal disease and you believed God for a miracle. Not only did they not get healed, but they died.
Maybe you are the one who has believed God for a financial breakthrough, but instead of getting the financial breakthrough, you went bankrupt. Instead of breakthrough, you went belly up.
Maybe it was some other situation that you prayed and the answer you wanted did not come to pass.
Regardless of what it is, you have allowed that experience to shape, form and mold an idea of who God is and what He can do in your life. You have placed limitations and restrictions on God and reduced Him down to your natural level so you can somehow feel better about things not working.
It could be your thought is, “Sometimes God heals and sometimes He doesn’t. Sometimes God answers prayers and sometimes He doesn’t.” Even though you knew and prayed the scripture in Isaiah 53:5, “By His stripes I am healed,” it did not seem to make a difference. When you went back to the doctor you were sicker than you were before you prayed.
Has that ever happened to you? I can tell you, it has happened to me. That being said, I have had to make up mind that MY GOD is still GOD!!! The Bible is STILL the Word of God! I do not trust in me and I do not lean unto my own understanding or try to shape God into a box that I want Him to fit in.
Here is my challenge to you: Go ahead and let loose! Let your faith soar to new levels! DARE to BELIEVE!!! BELIEVE for the miracle! BELIEVE for the PEACE in your mind and in your heart! BELIEVE that the cloud of depression hanging over you is gone and you have nothing but joyful and happy days waiting for you all the rest of your life!!!
DARE TO BELIEVE God can HEAL, RESTORE and STRENGTHEN!
So many times we get really messed up when we focus on what we DO NOT see changed on the outside. We are always looking outward. We are always looking to SEE something. We think, “I prayed, so when will it manifest?” Or, “Why hasn’t it manifested yet?” We think along those lines instead of believing we receive by faith; which is the one condition that God set.
The Bible says in Romans 10:11,
For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
Another translation says,
For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” (NASB)
It is IMPOSSIBLE in God and in the Kingdom of God to believe, to trust and have true faith in God for whatever the miracle is, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to be disappointed when you live like that. You will NEVER be disappointed when you live in and by faith!
You might be thinking, “I know someone who prayed for a miracle and believed God was the healer. Even their family believed with them. They followed all the right faith teaching, they made all the right confessions and yet they still died.”
Let me just tell you right now, they are NOT disappointed!!!
We somehow think there is a disconnect between this world and the next. The reality is, we are already IN the next world!!! We have been BORN AGAIN!!! We are NOT of THIS realm, but of that realm!!!
The Bible says,
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Ezekiel 22:30
God is looking for someone to STAND IN THE GAP!
We need to let this be our prayer: “God, I take hold of eternal life! I take hold of ALL the blessed promises of Heaven! I thank You Father God, those promises are made manifest IN and THROUGH me! I will get it all here or there, but I AM getting it, bless God, because I will NEVER be disappointed!!!”
Listen my friend… There are times that words from the Lord come to us and we get them in bits and pieces. The Bible says we see in part and we prophesy in part. Here a little, there a little. That is the way the Kingdom comes. Why? Because the condition is always walking by faith. If you had a full picture you would not walk by faith. It comes in bits and pieces. It comes as a glimmer of hope here or a spark of faith over there. It might even look like the potential of something great happening here or there.
All these bits and pieces come to us and we have to make up our mind and say, “You know what? I am walking in the Kingdom. I am walking in miracles. I am walking with a God in whom there is NOTHING impossible to Him! All I have to is BELIEVE!”
From this day on, make up your mind and determine this: I am a BELIEVER, not a doubter!
Speak this out as your confession: I believe that God can do the impossible even though I do not see it in my life. I am not moved by that either! I am only moved by His Word and I am moved by who He is! I will not reduce God down to my level! I will not reduce God down to fit comfortably in my lifestyle either! Instead, I will let Him stretch me. I will let my faith stretch! I will let my belief SOAR! I will declare the Word of God no matter what! I do not care if I am sick as a dog or walking around as whole as can be. I will declare that by His stripes I am HEALED! I am WHOLE! I have DIVINE HEALTH and I have DIVINE STRENGTH! Glory to God! I am a BELIEVER, NOT a doubter!
We are called to walk by FAITH and NOT by sight!
Sight will mess you up especially when it is contrary to what you believe. I will say it again, “CHOOSE to be a BELIEVER, not a doubter!”
Speak it BOLDLY: My God is a God of miracles! The Word of God is true and I BELIEVE!
~ Pastor Doug Bird
Senior Pastor, Abundant Life Church