In the book of John, Jesus used the word believe 43 times. Many times more than any other book of the gospels.
But wait…do we believe? I mean, really believe? If we have believed God for salvation through Jesus, believed He created the universe, believed in His miracles, etc., why then do we not believe that anything is possible with the Lord?
Do we believe or do we stinketh?
You all know the story well. As Mary and Martha wept that Jesus had not arrived in time to heal Lazarus, Mary mourned, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:32 NKJV)
Don’t we do the same? When the answers to our prayers seem delayed en route to us or some dream desire is stalled, we mourn or even question God’s ability or His love, “Lord, if You had been here…” “Why didn’t you come when I needed You?” “Why don’t You…” on and on.
While we wait for God’s answer for supply, healing, guidance, or whatever, do we trust and believe in expectation that He will show up, or do we wrap ourselves in grave clothes and hide in a cave, pulling the rocks in after us? If so, we will eventually stink!
Do we truly believe?
In many situations, Jesus said…
* “Do not be afraid; only believe.” (Mark 5:36 NKJV)
* “Because you believed, it has happened.” (Matt. 8:13 NLT)
* “If you can believe, all things are possible to those believing.” (Mark 9:23 Received Greek Text)
I love that last one. The Greek word for can is dunamai, meaning to be able, possible, or have power. Possible is dunatos and comes from dunamai, meaning powerful or capable, able, mighty, or strong.
Oh, if we fully believed just because of those two words, we would be able to say as Paul, “For I believe God! It will be just as he said!” (Acts 27:25b TLB)
How big is our believe? Many times, Jesus said to the disciples, “O you of little faith!” He said it to Peter as he attempted to walk on the water, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt. 14:31 NKJV)
Does our believe cover everything in our lives? Do we believe to the extent of seeing God’s glory in all our circumstances? Jesus said to Martha, “Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40 Amp)
May the Lord encourage you as you wait His answer. And may you hear Him say, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” (Matt. 9:29 NLT)