We hear about fearful things all the time in this world. Something bad is always going on somewhere. It’s no secret that a Kingdom of Darkness is at work in the earth. It’s obvious that it doesn’t care if the person is good or bad. We often see very good people suffering with life-stealing diseases, cancers and other symptoms of death. Many folks are forced down the path of least resistance when forced to reconcile the goodness of the person and the evilness of circumstances. That path of least resistance is, “It must be God’s will” or “It must be something everyone must face” or “It’s just that we live in a fallen world.” This list of similar things could go on and on, but at their root they are submissive to circumstances. They bow their knee to how things are. They believe in helplessness and finally, they create a religious god that is unable or uninterested in acting.
Well that sure isn’t the God of the Bible.
I find in the Bible a God who encourages resistance of evil (bad) through faith in His Words. The God of the Bible has spoken words that He shows every implication, including outright declaration, that He expects us to believe it. Believe it? Act on it. Acting on God’s promises is believing it.
What did Jesus say to those He healed? Get up! Pick up your bed! Stretch out your hand! Go your way! ACTION.
If we looked into the psyche of many men, we would find that there is a lingering fear of depending on something. Many folks are afraid to depend on sales to stay high, work to stay steady, the economy to stay steady, family to stay healthy, and … afraid that God didn’t mean what He said. Or maybe just afraid that we aren’t understanding it.
God has made His Word clear. Reject fear. I know you feel it, but we don’t go by feelings! Remember? We don’t go by feelings. Feeling fear is not fearing. It’s a temptation to fear. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Act on faith! Refuse doubt. God’s Word says it, so it is. Act rich, because by Jesus poverty you were made rich. Act well, because by Jesus stripes you were healed. Act free, because you were delivered from the kingdom of darkness. Act righteous, because all of your sins are gone.
But am I pretending? If you are acting on a promise of God – no you are not pretending. Pretending is simply using the imagination to lie to yourself. Believing God is using the Word to counter lies – see, the Word of God is Truth (Jn17:17). The missing ingredient in denial and pretending is – God’s Word. God’s Word changes everything. God’s Word is Jesus on the scene. God’s Word is Jesus manifest in the flesh. God’s Word is God Himself. If you need God to appear – put His Word in your mind and mouth.
It’s working. It’s reality. It’s Truth.
The Bible doesn’t hide the fact that you will experience things contrary to circumstances and the reality of those around you. It says in Psalm 91 that a thousand will fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand. That’s pretty serious if you think about it. What millions are experiencing in the earth is different than what we, as believers (those who believe/act), experience. Cut that, “It’s not fair” crap out – everyone is welcome to believe God. Everyone can believe God to be rich, healthy, free and right. It’s no man’s responsibility or call to pick up another man’s decision. It’s actually not even loving them. You see, God is love, and He respects mans right to choose hell. Love respects decision.
So back to it, will you believe God? Thousands are going to experience evil around you. You’re even going to see it Psalm 91 says. It says you will see it with your very own eyes. That doesn’t mean you need to participate! That verse says “It will not come near you.” That’s bold. But tell yourself that… “It will not come near me.”
“Now Bryan, what’s the difference between that and just saying bad things won’t happen to me? I’ve had people say things would never happen to them and they did!” The difference is – THE WORD OF GOD. We aren’t just picking random things out of the air and believing them. We are standing on the promises of the very God who created everything. HE is the one who said that these evils won’t happen to you. So now, you can say with Him, “It will not come near me.” “Cancer will not come near me.” “Poverty will not come near me.” “Blindness will not come near me.” That is depending on the Word of God.
It’s a sad thing that many Christians find that radical. It’s disgusting the amount of dilution “Christianity” has sustained from the world. When did God tell us to go to the world for help? Just answer that question. …Exactly. We are coming out of a time when it was okay for Christians to be full of doubt in God’s Word and full of confidence in man’s ability. Disgusting. That sounds more like the type of lukewarm Christian God would want to spew out of His mouth. Not one who has a beer from time to time.
God didn’t create us to be part of the world’s system. He made us separate from it, protects us from it, and wants us to rule over it – delivering all of those who would come out.
We just don’t have a lot of time to tip-toe around the subject of faith anymore. Either you believe God or you don’t – just choose one. God’s not afraid to answer us and enforce His Word. It’s a better way. It’s high time to get passed everyone asking why God doesn’t heal today and start teaching people how to get up and walk. Are you with me? Seriously, it’s crazy to believe God. Let’s do it!
I invite you to Arise Church in Colorado Springs on Sunday’s at 5pm if you feel you need to be around an encouraging, faith building bunch. We believe God! We do things we cannot do! We prosper! We are delivered from darkness! All by Jesus!
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