Genesis 15:1-6 ERV After all these things happened, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision. God said, “Abram, don’t be afraid. I will defend you and give you a great reward.” But Abram said, “Lord God, there is nothing you can give me that will make me happy, because I have no son. My slave Eliezer from Damascus will get everything I own after I die.” Abram said, “You have given me no son, so a slave born in my house will get everything I have.” Then the Lord spoke to Abram and said, “That slave will not be the one to get what you have. You will have a son who will get everything you own.” Then God led Abram outside and said, “Look at the sky. See the many stars. There are so many you cannot count them. Your family will be like that.” Abram believed the Lord, and because of this faith the Lord accepted him as one who has done what is right.
What was the key ingredient to receiving the promises of God and being in right standing with Him? Believing.
Matthew 9:28 NKJV; And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
What got them their miracle? Believing.
Mark 9:23 NKJV; Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Acts 16:31 NKJV; So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
God’s not interested in our performance. You can’t do good to get good or do bad to get bad. He is interested in your belief. Do you believe? First do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Thats good, but do you also believe that Jesus died to take away your sins? If you believe that, why do you keep dredging up your past? Why do you live under condemnation and guilt because of past mistakes? Do you believe that the blood of Jesus is strong enough to remove your past, present and future sins? If you do, that’s exactly where God can bless you. If you are constantly trying to do everything perfectly in yourself, you’re not trusting the work of Christ on the cross. Each time you bring up your sin, you’re dishonoring God by saying that His sacrifice was not enough.
It’s time we begin to believe that His grace is enough. It’s time we believe that we’re forgiven and start walking and talking like we are. If you killed someone and were granted full pardon, wouldn’t you be jumping up and down. That’s grace and we must give freely what’s been given freely to us. God simply wants us to believe, just like Abram before God changed his name to Abraham, father of many nations. When we believe we are highly favored of the Lord; when we believe He is forever faithful; when we believe we’re forgiven; when we believe He never leaves us alone; when we believe our steps are ordered of the Lord; when we believe that Jesus paid it ALL, that’s all it takes to be in right standing with God.
My friend, pray this out loud so that your own ears hear: Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. If there are areas in my life I’m not trusting you in and I’m trying to make it happen on my own, forgive me. I believe that I hear your voice and you direct me. I believe that my children our blessed and great is their peace and undisturbed composure. I believe I will live and not die and declare the works of the Lord. I believe that I don’t have to be highly educated or famous for you to use me. I simply believe. That’s what honors you, Lord. I believe your promises are yes and amen. I believe I was created in your image and likeness. I believe you are pleased with me. I believe you’re my provider. I believe that nothing will separate me from your love. I believe that the blood of Jesus is well able to reach through my situation and set all things straight. I thank you and praise you for it and will honor and give you the glory for everything, in Jesus mighty name. Amen