Romans 4:20-21 “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.”
The Apostle Paul writes of Abraham’s relentless faith in the face of contradiction and delayed fulfilment of God’s promise to him. God was more than able to do what he had promised Abraham but for Abraham to receive the fulfilment of the promise, he had to hold steadfast his conviction in God’s goodness. God doesn’t promise you something if he doesn’t intend to bring it to fulfilment. If you’ve received a promise from God, hold steadfast to your conviction and do not waver. Press through the obvious obstacles in faith and keep giving glory to God, being fully convinced of his goodness toward you and his faithfulness to His word in your life. Selah!
Therefore when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power. (Ps 78:21-22)
Recently, I was running on an isolated trail and I found myself in a torrential downpour of rain, which turned into a minor storm. All of a sudden, I saw and heard a bolt of lightning hit the earth, cracking a tree only 50 meters from me. The crack of the thunder went through my chest and for an instant I was captured by the fear of God as I came face to face with his awesome power. Needless to say, I increased the pace of my run. As I ran for my life, I was reminded of the reality of God’s power. Like Israel did in the past, sometimes we too forget the awesome power of God and his deeds amongst us (Read Ps 78). This often leads to a weakening of our faith and a lack of trust in his capacity to provide and move in our lives. This offends the heart of God. God delights in showing off his awesome power in our lives, just as he did for his people in the wilderness, thousands of years ago. When we refuse to believe in him, despite his awesome deeds, we grieve his heart and offend his nature. Don’t take for granted whom God is and what he has done in your life. Tread carefully around his throne room with a grateful and believing heart.
All of us at some point lose our confidence. It could be through a hurtful comment, unwarranted criticism, unrealised dreams, disappointing performance or overwhelming circumstances.
Truth is, we don’t have to stay in that place of insecurity and doubt. We can live with confidence in every arena of life regardless of how life may look right now. It comes back to our convictions in God and his Word in our lives.
I find such confidence from knowing that God has spoken into my heart specific things for the details of my life. I can live with a fresh and joyful outlook on life because I know that God is for me and not against me. I can enjoy each day knowing that God has already gone before me and made a way even if I can’t see it nor understand it all.
Confidence comes from knowing God and who you are in Him! Leonard Ravenhill once said, ‘He who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by man.’ How can man or circumstance be intimidating when we come into a deep realisation of who our Father really is.
My prayer for you is that you would know the hope to which God has called you and you would encounter the reality of who God is at the core of your being. Out of that place of revelation you can live with an abundance of humble confidence.
A. W. Tozer believed that a low view of God was the cause of a hundred lesser evils, but a high view of God was the solution to 10,000 problems.
Everyone of us have to go on a journey to have our minds renewed about who God really is. Our biggest problem is a small view of God. This is the cause of all lesser evils and it’s a high view of God that is the solution to 10,000 problems.
A wrong perception of God will affect how we approach and relate to God. We are not to just know facts about God but actually know him intimately for who he is. Knowing God must become our chief aim and goal in life. It’s out of knowing him that our faith and fruitfulness flows. Wrong thinking about his character and ways will limit our faith, our prayers and ultimately our fruitfulness.
When God asked Moses, ‘Is there a limit to my power?’ He wasn’t asking out of insecurity. God was helping Moses to ascertain who he perceived God to be and what God was capable of. Of course, God is omnipotent and all-powerful but until you and I can come to the conviction of this truth in our hearts that God’s grace and power is bigger than any problem we might face then our prayer live’s will be the equivalent of a beggar asking a billionaire for a cup of coffee. Not cool. Ask for the moon!
God’s grace and power is super sized and we need to get a revelation of the magnitude of what God can do and who He is at the core. Where does this revelation come from?
- It comes from meditating on the truth of who God actually is
- It comes from making knowing God our aim above everything else
- It comes from refusing to listen to the lies of the enemy about God
- It comes from speaking and acting in alignment with the truth of God’s Word
A high view of God is the solution to 10,000 problems. What problem are you facing today that seems larger than life and bigger than God? Get them into perspective and change the tone and intent of your prayers. There is nothing too hard for God!
1 Kings 17:12 “And she said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour and a drop of oil in a jug.”
Too many of us look at our lives through what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Many hero’s in the bible went straight to their perceived lack, when God called them to step out in faith. The widow of Zarephath was no exception.
When the prophet Elijah asked her to bake him some bread before she fed her own son, the widow responded with panic at the supposed injustice of the prophets request. On the surface it would seem totally reasonable that a handful of flour and a drop of oil left in the whole house wasn’t enough to feed three people, let alone sustain them for any lengthy period of time.
When God asks us to take a step of faith, do we look at the little we have to offer and shy away or do we place what we do have into Gods hands and let him turn our little into much. Little is much in the hands of God.
Everything in the kingdom of God begins as a seed and multiplies into something significant when entrusted to God. The little boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish had one meal for himself but in the hands of Jesus it became a meal that fed 5,000 people. When we take a step of faith towards God with what we have in our hands, we create space for the miraculous.
What are you desperately holding onto that God is asking you to let go of? Get God’s perspective on your little and let God turn it into much. Take a step of faith and watch for God to produce the miraculous.
Your relationship with God will determine your revelation of God. I used to think it was the other way round but walking with God is a journey of progressive revelation. I know more about God today than I did last year and if I prioritize my relationship with him, I will know more about him next year than I do today.
The greater your revelation of God’s nature and character, the greater your level of trust in him. One of the reasons why we struggle at times to live by what he says is because we don’t really trust in who he is. Our hearts, by default, are distrusting of anyone, let alone God. What God does is take us on a journey through life to teach us his character can be trusted.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.’
I love this verse but I also despise it and if you were honest, you do to. Why? Because not one person on the planet I know really wants to not lean on their own understanding. We humans are curious creatures. We want to understand, we want to control the outcome, we want to have our minds wrapped around everything so that we can get a handle on it. But following Jesus is sometimes a paradoxical mystery and the reality is we must be willing to embrace faith in God without fully understanding why it doesn’t always add up on paper.
I’ve found trusting God easier, the more I abide in his presence. God’s presence brings trust because God is trustworthy. Before I make a significant decision in life, I spend a lot of time in his presence. Trust isn’t something I cultivate, It’s already built into God’s nature. God is faith personified, it’s already in his nature to believe. God’s a believer. God never wakes up one morning and says, ‘I’m not sure I created the world as I should have. maybe I should have created it in 9 days with an extra day of rest, then 6 days with the 7th…’ God never second guesses himself or gets anxious. He is pure confidence, faith, trust and belief all wrapped into one because he is God.
The more I abide in him, the more trust becomes my nature and ultimately my lifestyle. What are you feeling anxious about? Don’t be anxious any longer, throw yourself at God and wait on him. As you worship him, pray through your anxieties and wait on him, faith will rise in you and trusting him will become more and more your primary response to what life throws your way.