I Will Believe – A Devotion

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT) For we live by believing and not by seeing.

It doesn’t happen all the time but oh how I wish it did. The moment when God drops something strong in your spirit that causes the curiosity of your flesh to arise and meet your spirit, the Revelation of God is a powerful initiator of truth in your life. It makes one hunger for an answer driven by human inquisitiveness and spiritual desperation. The transition to live by believing in the whole Truth of God’s Word and understanding not what you see but rather what you know to be true about the Lord is a powerful combination and key to a supernatural life. The reality is that most of us live in the midst of constant frustration because we cannot seem to make the transition from merely existing by sight to a life of constant and powerful faith. Sitting in church listening to a profound word about seeking God’s Best rather than settling for what comes first. It is brought to my attention that God did not call us to climb mountains but to move mountains. As age requires, I have endured many trials in life and worked diligently to allow endurance to work its way into a very impatient existence. However, am I continuously training to climb mountains rather than preparing faith to move them? While endurance is an important factor in faith, it is simply a training ground to produce faith. People of God are living merely to survive rather than to experience the supernatural life that God has called us to. Service to God is marked by endurance but your life in Jesus Christ is designed for much more than just making it through the situations and circumstances with faith intact. I want to move mountains not merely make it over them. I will live by faith. Oh Lord help to believe in the things I do not see.

 

Matthew 17:19-21 (NLT)

Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

 

Why me, God? I have heard the question over and over again. When troubles come our way, it is human inclination to believe that God is punishing us for our sin. Discipline is very different from punishment yet for many it is their definition of the word. To discipline means to teach. God longs to teach you to have faith that will move mountains. However, it will require endurance which for many people is the hardest thing to overcome because they do not know and understand God’s intentions toward them. A vicious cycle of peaks and valleys in life as God continuously demonstrates His Faithfulness to the faithless. C.S. Lewis wrote “We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be” such truth hidden in a brief statement. While faith allows us to trust God, unbelief comes in ignorance of who God is and what He desires to do in our life. “Why couldn’t we cast out the demon” equates to “why can’t I move mountains but are continuously challenged to cross them”? With faith, nothing is impossible. The problem must lie in our belief system.

 

Matthew 17:1-6 (NLT)

 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.

 

Jesus took Peter, James and John to experience a glorious mountaintop experience. Many people who encounter trials that stretch and test one’s endurance will have such encounters with God once they reach the climax of the trial and experience God’s Presence in a new, exciting way. Peter makes the same mistake many of us do. We long to build a shelter there and remain in that place of close proximity to God. But God wants to be closer. He cannot do that if we do not allow Him to transform endurance into abiding faith. Abiding faith thrives on the unseen. Miracles, signs and wonders are merely to confirm God’s Word affirming our spirit until we can experience great faith outside of what we can see. The disciples could tangibly see the Lord shining along with Moses and Elijah who were major influences in Jewish religion. They wanted to remain their worshiping. But they did not want to build one memorial but three. Not only would they worship Jesus but Moses and Elijah, too. Holding on to what we see can cause our good intentions to contradict God’s Initiative for our life. God did not call us to live on the mountain or traveling from mountain to mountain but rather is training us to move them. The Lord did not say that your religion would move a mountain. He said, “By faith, you will move mountains and nothing will be impossible.”

 

Matthew 21:21-22 (NLT)

Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

 

Faith in God prays believing you will receive it. Do you believe that your prayers can effectively move a mountain much less change your situation? If you don’t believe, it is not going to happen.

 

Psalm 104:7-9

At your command, the water fled; at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away. Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed. Then you set a firm boundary for the seas, so they would never again cover the earth.

 

You must first believe in the Power of God.

 

Isaiah 54:9-10 (NLT)

“Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth,
so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. For the mountains may move
and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

 

You must know and understand how God feels about you. He loves you. The Lord is always abounding in mercy towards you. He is working out every detail for your good. Not one incidence in your life is for your punishment. He is teaching you to walk by faith and not by sight. However, the Lord must change the way you see things in order to do that.

 

James 1:2-4 (NLT)

Dear brothers and sisters,when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

 

Every single mountain that you encounter in life is an opportunity to test your faith and reveal insufficiencies. When endurance is required, it strips away physical ability to reveal internal fortitude and spiritual viability. God is working out salvation in your life to be more than a one-time altar experience into a continuous lifestyle of faith and victory in your life. Endurance fully developed full of understanding will soon stand before the mountain and tell it to move rather than constantly running up and down them. Your faith will be perfect and complete lacking nothing and opening your life to all the many possibilities and opportunities found in loving and serving God.

 

John 4:21-24 (NLT)

Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

 

There is coming a time when it will not matter where you worship the Father. Hello, salvation! Welcome Spirit of the Living God who lives in me! Jesus told the Samaritan woman of the time that would come after His Death, Burial and Resurrection when the mountains of life would no longer be necessary. Carrying the sacrifice up along with your family up the side of a mountain to encounter the Living God, but rather the Living God would live in you making a miraculous mountaintop experience completely possible right where you are right now! God is a Spirit! We worship Him in spirit and Truth. God’s Word reveals God and His Plan to us, by faith we receive it through the understanding of God explained by His Spirit. Why are you running from mountain to mountain? Simply because faith has not taken hold in endurance and produced overwhelming belief in God. Tired of all the trials? Believe God at His Word not His Work. Can you believe it simply because He said it rather than constantly requiring a “physical” demonstration of the Power of God? John 16:31 is the question that Jesus is asking again today, “Do you finally believe?”

 

John 14:11-13 (NLT)

Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.

 

I will ask in the Name of Jesus. I will receive it by His Word. I will do it in His Spirit. I will believe.

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