Believe for Greater Things
Will you dare to start believing God for greater things? God doesn’t want you to drag through life, barely making it. He doesn’t want you to have to scrimp and scrape, trying to come up with enough money to pay for food, shelter, transportation, to pay your bills, or to worry about how you are going to send your children to college. He doesn’t want you to be unhappy in your marriage. It is not His preference for you to live in perpetual pain.
God wants you to have a good life, a life filled with love, joy, peace, and fulfillment. That doesn’t mean it will always be easy, but it does mean that it will always be good. God cause all things to work together for good to those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) You can dare to start believing Him for a better marriage. Start believing Him for better health. Believe for joy and peace and happiness. Start believing for increase and abundance. Become a true believer, knowing that you will become what you believe.
God said to Abraham, “I’m going to bless you so that you can be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2) God is saying that same thing to you. He wants to bless you with abundance, so you can turn around and be a blessing to other people.
Maybe you have endured terrible disappointments. Unspeakable negative things may have happened to you, to the point that you have ceased believing for anything good to occur in your life. You’ve lost your dreams. You are drifting through life, taking whatever comes your way. You may be tempted to tell yourself, “I’ve believed, I’ve done everything I know to do. Nothing’s changed. Nothing’s worked. I might as well give up.”
I’ve had people tell me, “Thế, I don’t want to get my hopes up. I’ve been through so many hurts in the past. If I don’t get my hopes up and nothing good happens to me, at least I won’t be disappointed.”
Friend, that attitude is contrary to God’s desires for you. No matter how many setbacks you’ve suffered, God still has a great plan for your life. You must get your hopes up. If you don’t have hope, you won’t have faith. And if you don’t have faith, you can’t please God, and you won’t see His power revealed in your life. Keep hope alive in your heart. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Don’t allow discouragement or other setbacks to keep you from believing what God says about you.
DOUBLE FOR YOUR TROUBLE
If you will keep the right attitude, God will take all your disappointments, broken dreams, the hurts and pains, and He’ll add up all the trouble and sorrow that’s been inflicted on you, and He will pay you back with twice as much peace, joy, happiness, and success. The Bible says, “God will give us a twofold recompense for our former shame.” (Isaiah 61:7) If you’ll just believe, if you put you trust and confidence in God, He will give you double for your trouble.
God wants the later part of your life to be better than the first part of your life. You are never too far gone with God. Some people say, “Yes, but you can’t unscramble eggs,” and that is true. But God can take scrambled eggs and make an amazing omelet. Nothing is too hard for our God.
The Bible says about God: “Be confident of this: He that began a good work in you will continue to perform it until it’s perfectly complete.” (Philippians 1:6) This means that God wants to finish the course with you. God will not get tired and quit half way through the process; nor will He renege on His promises. He will continue until you get to where He is taking you. God doesn’t want you to be “a little” happy. He doesn’t want you to be partially healed. God wants your life to be characterized by joy, and He wants your joy to be full. He wants you to live in abundance. He wants to give you the desires of your heart. He wants you to be complete and content.
When times get tough or things don’t go your way, keep your confidence up. When discouragements come or when people tell you that your dreams are never change, boldly remind yourself who is at work in your life. God is turning things around in your favor. God is opening doors of opportunity for you. He is restoring relationships; He is softening people’s hearts toward you. God is completing what He is started. You may not see anything happening with your natural eyes, but you must believe that in the unseen world, God is at work on your behalf.
Remember, no weapon formed against you is going to prosper. That doesn’t mean that there will not be opposition in your life; there will be weapons formed against you, and they may be formidable and frightening. But they cannot ultimately hurt you. Your future is intact with God. You will not go under, you will go through. The Scripture says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:14)
The Bible says when you’ve done all you know how to do, just keep on standing strong. (Ephesians 6:13) You’ve got to show your enemy you are more determined than he is. Keep praying, keep believing, and keep singing songs of praise. Keep fighting the good fight of faith. If you do that, God promises to bring you out with the victory.
I like the way The Message translates Philippians 1:6; “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started the great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” The best is yet to come. You can get up each morning expecting things to turn in your favor. Start expecting the goodness of God. Start expecting His blessings. If you believe, Jesus said, “All things are possible.” Let me challenge you to be a believer. Let faith rise in your heart. Get into agreement with God, and He’ll do more than you can ask or think.
You’ve got to believe good things are on their way. You must believe God is at work in your life, that He is restoring you to your rightful place. In other words, you’ve got to see those things coming to pass. You’ve got to see your marriage being restored. You have to see that wayward child coming home. You need to see that business turning around. It has to be conceived in your heart. Look at life through your eyes of faith into that invisible world and see your dreams coming to pass.
Remember, “Faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Notice, faith has to do with the unseen world. You may not be able to perceive anything positive happening in your life with your natural eyes today. In fact, everything may be falling apart—your finances, your health, your business, and your children. You may have all kinds of problem, and in the natural order, it doesn’t look as though anything is turning around. But don’t be discouraged. Look into that invisible world, into the supernatural world, and through your eyes of faith, see that situation turning around. See your joy and peace being restored.
The world tells you, “You need to see it to believe it.” But God says just the opposite. Only as you believe it will you ever see it. You’ve got to look out through your eyes of faith and see it. Once you see it by faith, it can come into existence in the physical world.
What do you believe about yourself? Do you see things getting better in your life? Or are you just drifting along, accepting whatever comes your way? “I knew I wasn’t going to get that promotion. Nothing good ever happens to me. This is just my lot in life. I knew I’d never get married. I knew I’d never be blessed.”
Friend, God wants to do a new thing in your life. Don’t limit Him with your small thinking. Have a big vision for your life. Dream bigger dreams. Live with faith and expectancy. You will become what you believe.
I love the Old Testament account of when God told Abraham that he and his wife, Sarah, were going to have a child—even though they were close to one hundred years old. When Sarah heard the news, she laughed. She probably said, “Abraham, you’ve got to be kidding. I’m not going to have a bay. I’m too old. That’s never going to happen to me. And besides, look at you. You’re no spring chicken either!”
Sarah didn’t have the correct vision. The condition of her heart wasn’t right. She couldn’t see herself having that child; she couldn’t conceive it in her heart.
And you probably recall the story: Year after year went by, and Abraham and Sarah had no children. After a while, they decided to “help’ God fulfill His promise. Sarah told Abraham to sleep with her maid, Hagar. The two of them conceived and gave birth to a child named Ishmael. But that’s wasn’t God’s best. God wanted to give Sarah a baby, one that she gave birth to herself.
Still more years went by, and no child. Finally, Sarah became pregnant. What changed? God’s promise was the same all along. I’m convinced that the key to the promise coming to pass was that Sarah had to conceive it in her heart before she was able to conceive it in her physical body. She had to believe she could become pregnant before she actually became with child.
Nearly twenty years after God spoke the promise, little Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah. And I believe the main reason he wasn’t born sooner, one of the major delays in the fulfillment of the promise for year after year, was simply the fact that Sarah couldn’t conceive it in her heart. She couldn’t see it through her eyes of faith. I wonder how many great things God is trying to do in your life. We just like Sarah. We can’t conceive it. We’re not in agreement with God, so we’re missing out on His blessings. Jesus said, “I want you to live life to the full, till it overflows.” (John 10:10) Many times, when we read passages of Scripture such as that, the first thing we think of is why it can’t happen to us. “God, I could never be healthy. I’ve got too many things wrong with me. I just received a bad report from the doctor.” “God, I could never be prosperous. I just don’t have what it takes. I’ve never been to college.” On and on, we tell God all the reasons why good things can’t happen to us. “I’m too old. I’m too young. I’m the wrong gender. My skin is the wrong color. I’m not educated enough.” All that time, God is trying to plant the new seed of victory inside us. He’s trying to get us to conceive. He knows if we don’t conceive in our hearts through faith, it will never come to pass.
Too many times, like Sarah, we delay God’s promise. We delay His favor because of our limited thinking. The condition of our hearts is not right. We’re filled with doubt and unbelief. The tragedy is, if we don’t change our believing, we could go through our entire lifetimes missing out on the great things God has in store for us.
Friend, please stop limiting God with your narrow-minded thinking. Learn how to conceive. Keep the image of what you want to become in front of you. You’re going to become what you believe. Maybe God has told you something, and in the natural, it seems totally impossible. When you look at your situation, just as Sarah looked at her physical body, you’re tempted to think, God, I don’t see how You’re going to bring this to pass. I don’t see how You’ll ever get my child off drugs. I don’t see how I’ll ever get healed. I don’t see how You can bless my career.
Stop focusing on what you can’t do, and start focusing on what God can do. The Bible says, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 11:27) Let that seed take root inside you. You don’t have to figure out how God is going to solve your problems. You don’t have to see how He’s going to bring it to pass. That’s His responsibility; that’s not your job. Your job is to be a believer. Your job is to live with faith and expectancy. Just turn that situation over to God and trust Him to take care of it. God is a supernatural God. The Bible says, “God’s ways are not our ways. They are higher and better than our ways.” (Isaiah 55:8) God can do what human beings cannot or will not do. He is not limited to the laws of nature. And if you’ll let that seed take root so it can grow, put your trust and confidence in the Lord, God will surely bring it to pass. If you can see the invisible, God will do the impossible.