Part Three: Though it costs you all you have: Get Understanding:
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” John 20:27
What we believe in is a significant symbol of what we place our value on. Do you believe in yourself? God does. I grew up thinking it was bad or wrong to believe in yourself. Truth is, we shouldn't depend on our own strength or even our own understanding as a way of life in this world, but we must believe in ourselves. How so? We must believe that we can do everything God commands us to do, for example: "Rejoice in the Lord, ALWAYS, again I say, REJOICE!" I've heard even in church, "Well, the Bible says rejoice but..." It comes down to this: Are you going to believe in what God tells us without question? Are you willing trust Him and drop all reserves?
He believes that your faith can make you well. Believe in what God believes. He says this Christmas, "With God All things are possible!" If you don't believe in something, that means you place very little value on it. That is why it is very important to believe in the you God made you to be and also believe in others around you because God does. But what we believe are the things very important to us. So just as we ought to think about what indeed we are thinking about, we also pay just as close attention to the very things we are believing in our lives. Stop and think about this: The more you believe in something the more you can rest in that very thing. Think about chairs. We all believe in chairs and couches, especially after some great Thanksgiving turkey. We rest so soundly there. God wants to be our couch and chair.
Remember, what we believe in are the very things we are instilling and resting great amounts of power and energy to in our lives every moment. Worry is us trying to place things out of our scope of control and power in our own hands; the mind was not even made for worry; the mind was made to imagine, create, and exercise faith*. In my life, I've come to find there are two kinds of people: People who believe that all things are possible and those who don't. People that think there is no limit and people who think there are. It is clear cut black and white PERIOD, and you can tell who these people are INSTANTLY. Believing that all things truly are possible is absolute, you can tell when people don't the moment they let themselves say these words: if, and, but, or well, in context of course, these words will ALWAYS affect and reflect the way you think and react to everything! The only question is: are you willing to side with the ALL POSSIBLE.
This Christmas, think about Mary and Elizabeth who decided to side with the ALL POSSIBLE and witness the results. Grace comes from the belief that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! A baby in a manger comes into our hearts by no other means. This baby, so precious and divine is also the result of this amazing grace! God with us! Emmanuel, God is with you today! :)
God bless you too this Christmas. For Christmas I pray you receive the greatest gift of all: Faith to believe with God all things are possible. Yes, even that is possible! He did it for so many, he can do it for you.
God bless you this Christmas :)
*The mind also works best when it is having fun and/or at a resting state of mind.
If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.