I took this picture in Nebraska last week – our path can be full of beauty if we believe God is working in our lives through faith.
When was the last time you asked God to do something impossible, something out of the ordinary? I believe that one reason we don’t see God do great things is because we only ask Him for small things. I know I am guilty of this and even now in the midst of trial and financial difficulty I am believing for a better outcome than what I can see with my own eyes.
I blogged some prayer requests just yesterday, and that is okay and we all need prayer, but I need to make sure that those needs don’t overwhelm me and take root with negative faithless thinking. My faith should be going from strength to strength even in the midst of new challenges. Trust is a must!
2 Peter 1:12 encourages us to be established in present truth and so I choose this day to follow that admonition. God is not a respecter of people, but He is a respecter of choices. He put life and death before each of us and challenged us to choose. I have often stated, that for many years I perhaps errored on the side of excessive death, so if I have to error, it will be on the side of excessive life. So I choose to put that into practice even in the midst of financial pressure with a totally broken AC for my house and various physical problems and needs that I am hoping and believing God will heal. I choose to go after His Life and His way of living in me, rather than my way of living in my circumstances. Does that make sense?
In the natural, it does not presently look good, but I have a God who is not moved by what I see in the natural but rather what I see in the spiritual. And I have a God who is not moved by what I see presently, but I what I see in the future, calling those things which be not as though they were. And yes, He is a present help too even in times of trouble. I am grateful and choose to respond with gratefulness, even when what I need is not manifesting as fast as I think it should. Is it hard? Of course, but that is where my faith comes in, and so does yours. If it were easy every time, it would not require faith.
So I choose to apply “present truth” to my future life. But you might ask, isn’t my problem in the present? Yes it is, but the answer is in the future. If the answer was also currently present, then there would be no present problem and no need for this article. Once the answer manifests, the present problem goes away. As the problem goes away, His answer and solution now becomes a testimony of what He has done.
And then I can apply Revelations 19:10 which declares that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. The testimony of Jesus working in my life, that I just received as an answer now becomes a prophetic word for my next situation in life where I need to apply and walk in faith. I simply call to remembrance what He previously did to promote my faith and trust in what He is about to do.
Most people pray over their food, pray for protection, or pray for wisdom. That’s all good, but don’t limit what God can do. There should be something you’re praying about, something that you’re asking for that is beyond you, something that you can’t accomplish in your own strength. Do you dare to ask? Do I dare to ask?
Your dreams may look impossible. You don’t have the funding or the connections, but God is saying, “I dare you to ask Me to bring it to pass. I dare you to ask Me to show you a flood of My favor.” Not only will He supply all of my needs, but yours too. His faithfulness is to all generations including this one. Yes this generation right now.
All through the scripture, we see people doing this. Elisha prayed that it wouldn’t rain, and for three and a half years there was no rain. Joshua prayed for more daylight, and God stopped the sun. Let’s do this together. Will you join me today? Let’s follow their example and step out in faith. Dare to ask, dare to believe God, and see His mighty hand move on your behalf!
“But as for me, I will walk in faith and integrity, redeem me and be merciful to me. My foot stands in an even place, I have trusted in the Lord and I shall not slip. In the congregation I shall bless the Lord.” (paraphrased verses from Psalm 26)
Look at this one little verse in 3 John vs. 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Nothing brings more joy to our Father, than when He hears and sees us walking in truth. Can you imagine His smile when He sees us walking in truth. Wow, that image alone is enough to help me change my perspective and then change my attitudes, and my procedures in my daily walk.
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I give praise and glory to You because You are worthy, You are able, and You are at work in me, thru me and around me. I believe that you are working behind the scenes in my life as I apply faith to my life’s situations. Therefore, I dare to ask for the impossible, to believe that You can accomplish infinitely more than I could ever ask or think in Jesus’ name. Amen.