John 14:10-12 (NLT)
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do. I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”
The empowerment of Jesus Christ belongs to the believer by faith that allows confidence in life after death. As we approach Easter Sunday, it is one of my favorite holidays. A reminder that Jesus Christ overpowered sin, conquered death and vacated the grave allowing me to have the same power operating in my life. All I have to do is believe wholeheartedly in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Do you believe? Of course you do, why else would you be reading this today? There are a lot of Christians who do not necessarily believe. Jesus said that those people who believe (anyone who believes) will do the same works that I have done and even greater works because I am going to the Father. Once Jesus sat down at the right hand of God, He released His Spirit to live in the heart of His People investing all of His Power in them for personal use. Do you feel the Power of God inside you? Are you experiencing a supernatural lifestyle? Are you speaking things that are actually coming true out of nowhere? Are doors opening that allow you to experience earthly success from the Heavenly realm? Are you hearing “Twilight-Zone” music playing in your head? To believe in Jesus Christ is not something spooky or super spiritual, but rather to believe that there is life after death and live to attain it. Do you believe the Goodness of God reserved for His People? If so, why all the compromise? Do you believe that God is working out every detail of your life for that goodness? Why are you still trying to help Him all the time or make excuses for His Process? As Easter approaches and we visit the empty tomb, I want God to show me life after death once more. I desire renewed faith, restored hope and resurrection power to flow through my life stronger than ever before.
Romans 4:16-20 (NLT)
So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.
The promises of God are received by faith. Faith in God. Faith in His Son Jesus Christ who makes righteousness a reality so we can reclaim our inheritance as sons and daughters once more. Abraham is called the father of all you believe. Do you believe? He believed two things about God that we must embrace as well to have such faith that produces God’s Promises in our everyday life. Abraham believed that God brings the dead back to life. He also believed that God creates new things out of nothing. This seems logical when compared to what faith is. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1) The only way to know what we really believe comes in through the testing of one’s faith as hard as that is to swallow. We must have our faith tried to insure its relevance and substance. Abraham did not get his promise until he was 100 years old. How about you? Could you wait that long? Abraham never wavered in believing God’s Promise even when it seemed naturally impossible. This is the kind of faith that brings dead dreams back to life. This is what creates the miraculous in the midst of nothingness. This is the life that we are called to live by faith that produces belief in God even when we do not see Him or hear Him that we know because we believe.
When Lazarus died, it broke the hearts of his sisters, Martha and Mary. When Jesus finally arrived Lazarus had been dead for four days, Martha ran to the Lord. She believed that Jesus Christ was the Messiah and the Resurrection and Life. She did not remain inside with the mourners as Mary did because her Hope had just arrived. She knew something would come back to life so she ran to meet Him. But Mary stayed with the mourners revealing the insufficiency of her belief to believe Jesus after death. Mary believed in the personal power of Jesus Christ not the providential power flowing through Him from God the Father. Her perception of His Lordship was limited by the law of nature rather than limitless as the Son of God. She did not believe. She required His Physical Presence to intervene before death arrived to believe. (John 11:28-34) Do you believe in the power of God beyond natural circumstances? Mary Magdalene who is thought by some to be Martha’s sister arrived at the tomb looking for the body of Jesus Christ and was horrified to find Him missing. This woman’s belief also resembled that of Lazarus’ sister making me suspect all the more that she may be the same person. She did not come looking for a risen Lord, but a dead teacher. (John 20:11-18) Even Thomas who traveled with Jesus witnessing countless miracles refused to believe until he put his finger in the holes of the Lord’s Nail-Scarred Hand. (John 20:24-29) Jesus told Thomas that those who believe without seeing will be blessed. Jesus had already told them what was coming but they did not believe so they were surprised by the outcome. (John 14:28-29) Will you be that person today? Will you come looking for a risen Lord or dead teacher? I want to be the one who believes without seeing today.
John 4:47-53 (NLT)
When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die. Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.” Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home. While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his entire household believed in Jesus.
I wonder if this is what the Lord is asking us. His Word is filled with many promises for our life that we attain by faith. Believing will produce these blessings in our life. But we want God to keep blessing us so we will believe. This robs the Christian of true life because it is the power to believe that produces the abundant life that Jesus promised we could have. Will you always require signs, wonders and miracles to believe? Or will you believe Him when your dream dies? Faith in the resurrection power of God demonstrated through Jesus Christ allows us to take the Lord at His Word and wait until He comes with confidence that we will be satisfied. This is reminiscent of the faith of the Roman soldier, who told the Lord you don’t even have to come to my house just speak the word and my servant will live. Jesus marveled at this one man’s faith. (Matthew 8:5-13) Does He marvel at yours? Don’t worry I am embarrassed at how many times I grumble and complain rather than waiting confidently on the Lord. Jesus Christ wants to do more than we think or ask but is limited by our disbelief. Lord, help me overcome my disbelief! (Mark 9:23-24)
Romans 3:22 (NLT)
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
You are made right with God by placing your faith in Jesus Christ. Game over. There is nothing you can do to add to or take away from God’s Promises and Plan for your life. Our inability to trust and believe God opens our heart to the lie of the enemy that there is something we must “do” to live in the Power and Presence of God. Satan is working overtime to blind the eyes of God’s People. (2 Corinthians 4:4) But the Lord is turning his tactic into something glorious, because exponential blessing belongs to those who believe without seeing. In other words, when the enemy brings every power in hell against your life and your faith has become confident hope that keeps you anchored – you are blessed. In the midst of this overwhelming pressure, God is working on the inside of you to promote more faith and confidence so you will believe in His Power all of the time. As we are pressed rather than releasing fear and doubt from a dissatisfied heart, belief has filled us with faith and hope that comes gushing out when we face such trials in life. (2 Corinthians 4:7-18) God’s Spirit lives inside of you. This is the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. Who better to resurrect dead faith? Who better to build confident hope? Who better to fan that spark into a fiery flame than the Spirit of the Living God? We are set free from sin when we believe in the Son of God to immediately step into righteousness. Will you be the Christian who stops trying and starts believing? Sin is no longer an excuse. (Romans 8:1-3) You have the Power to live what you believe to the Glory of God. (Romans 6:5-10) Salvation requires confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord but means nothing if you do not believe that He is the Son of the Living God. (Romans 10:9-10) It is by believing that we find life. (Romans 1:16-17) Do you believe? “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Do you believe God enough to build a boat when it never rained before? (Hebrews 11:7) If our faith is totally credible by putting it in Jesus Christ alone and doing nothing else, all we need to do now is believe!
Hebrews 10:19-23 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
I have to believe that the journey of the past three years as our family has faced tremendous difficulties has been used by God to promote faith by producing unwavering hope that God will keep His Promise. I cannot be satisfied with the healing of our son four times from cancer because until it is gone completely – the Promise is not yet fulfilled. But in the process of pursing complete remission, we must continue to rely on the resurrection power of Jesus Christ that lives inside of us rather than allowing ourselves to give up due to a lack of belief. When you reach the end of your faith, it is the opportunity to decide to trust Him more. I believe that the Lord is calling out to Christians today to become true believers once more. Not like the world has conditioned us to believe in a God to meet our immediate needs but in the Power of God to meet our every single need bringing us from death to life completely. (John 6:26-40) Can you believe the Lord past daily provision and financial prosperity? Will you wait for the impossible that is possible according to His Word? The same power that conquered the grave lives in me. Jesus Christ died on the Cross yet He came back to life by the same power that He has invested in me. Why am I living a dead existence if I believe in a resurrected Savior? I’m not – I have decided to move from death to life. Today – I choose to believe not in what I see but in Who I know! Possibility is on the horizon. The impossible has just been served notice. I am not going to hide anymore but run to Jesus, my Resurrected Savior and Lord!
Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT)
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.