I John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.”
My beloved brothers and sisters, God listens and He speaks to us, but we must open our mouths to pray and our ears to listen to Him.
When we truly believe God will do what He says He will do our faith will be stronger than our fears and unprecedented miracles happen….every time! When we believe that He hears our prayers, the unimaginable happens and doors open that we didn’t know existed!
Frank Herbert once said, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Much like oil and water, faith and fear cannot coexist together. Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 as being “certain of what we do not see.” It is an absolute belief that God is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, even when there is no tangible evidence to support that fact. On the other hand, fear, simply stated, is unbelief or weak belief. As unbelief gains the upper hand in our thoughts (in the mind), fear takes hold of our emotions. Our deliverance from fear and worry is based on faith, which is the very opposite of unbelief. We need to understand that faith is not something that we can produce in ourselves.
So how is faith produced? Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by every word of God.” With this in mind, it’s clear that fear is nothing more than an influencing spirit that doesn’t come from God. 2 Timothy 1:7 confirms, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
God is so good and understanding toward our weaknesses, but He requires us to go forward in faith, and the Bible is clear that faith does not mature and strengthen without trials. Adversity is not intended to produce fear, rather it is God’s most effective tool to develop and build strong faith. This pattern is evident in Scripture. God takes each one of us through fearful situations, and, as we learn to trust and obey God’s Word and allow it to saturate our thoughts, we find each trial becomes a stepping stone to a stronger and deeper level faith. It gives us that ability to say, “He sustained me in the past, He’ll carry me through today and He’ll uphold me in the future!” God worked this way in David’s life. When David volunteered to fight against Goliath, he said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37). David knew the God who had sustained him through dangerous situations in the past. He had seen and experienced God’s power and protection in his life, and this developed within him a fearless faith.
I John 4:18 offers us this reassurance, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” Think about it; experiencing and knowing His perfect love enables us to walk in fearless faith because we intrinsically, undoubtedly, and unwaveringly believe that the love of God never fails.
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:13).
Colossians 2:13-15, “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmedd the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.”
So, when the enemy come at you like, “Yo, you’re not good enough for Jesus’ love!” You’re this or that….your response should be, “Yo, did you forget some thing? All my sins and every sicknesses known and unknown were all nailed to the cross 2,000 years ago. Now get to stepping devil because, I’m saved, healed, sealed, and delivered. I am Holy Spirit filled, I am covered by the blood of Jesus, and I know I am a work in progress, but I am God’s work and the last time I checked; He always finishes what He starts (Phil 1:6)!”
I don’t know what storm or challenges you’re facing in your life right, but I need you work me for a couple of seconds. Right now, I need you to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and hold it for 5 seconds. Ok, now exhale. Next, I need you to mentally step back so that you can see not just the mountain you are facing but the entire range of mountains.
David prompts us in Psalm 121:1-2 to look even higher than the massif to the one who created it and you will find your help there. David equally invites us to remember, “The Lord watches over us.” He is the “shade at our right hand.” He’s as close as our shadow. Like our shadow, He will be with us every step of the way. Glory to God….He doesn’t want us to take even one step alone.
How comforting is that to know, not only can we see God moving from on top of the mountain from the valley, but He is ever-so close to us as our own shadows! Wow, thank you Jesus for being our help, guide, comforter, peace, way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, and counselor in our every day lives and thank You God for being our Sustainer and Redeemer.
We should never attempt to force feed the Gospel to anyone, but we should equally never underestimate the power of planting a spiritual seed into someone’s life. The only thing that God desires for us to do in this process is to be obedience because He is responsible to take care of the rest.
We live in such an instant-feedback driven world that when someone doesn’t respond immediately or at least quickly to something, isn’t is pretty common to see them being written off? Or being confronted, sometimes harshly?
When was the last time you texted someone and they left you on ‘delivered’ or worst ‘read’ status?
People love to text, especially the younger people because it’s suppose to trigger an instantaneous response. Calling someone or waiting on a recipient to respond to an email just takes too darn long.
In I Corinthians 3:5-9 we find that Paul and Apollo became the flashpoint of both pride and division. Essentially, the church was quarreling over following the better teacher and this caused division amongst the people. So Paul said this to them in verses 5-7, “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”
On that note, this is why faithfully planting spiritual seeds into someone’s heart and mind and then patiently waiting on God is so important in advancing the Gospel message. Patience is truly a virtue because just like different seeds have different germination timelines and nutrition requirement, human being also have different timelines for processing information which isn’t currently part of their new reality!
I could keep going, but I’ll close this message in the same spirit I opened it; never underestimate the power of planting a spiritual seed into someone’s life because even if you don’t change that person’s mind or heart; all parties stand to gain more than to lose from being patient and waiting on God to produce the fruit or increase!
“You, LORD, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.” ~ Psalm 16:5, GNT
Jesus is all I need! Jesus is all you need! Yes indeed, Jesus is all we have, and Jesus is all we need. Undoubtedly, it’s all about Him!!! Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing and without Jesus, we are nothing (John 15:5)! He is all we have, and He is all we will ever need!
Yes, my brothers and sisters, we have everything we need in Jesus. When we live in Jesus, God will liberally fill and supply our every need. Wow, talk about overflowing blessings. I encourage whoever is reading this simple message today to take this word seriously and ask God to fulfill it in your life. And don’t forget to turn to God with your every need. Don’t try to manage on your own. There’s not need to struggle alone and feel inadequate in the process when all your needs are met in Jesus. Paul said in Phil 4:19, “And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Pray with me:
Father God, thank You for providing me everything I ever need in Jesus. Remind me today to claim all You have for me. Pour out grace upon grace and show me how to rejoice and be glad in it. You are more than enough, O’God and I vow to praise You with every morsel in my being forevermore! In Jesus’ all that I need name, Amen and Amen!