James 5:17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
I remember reading the Bible as a young Christian thinking, “there is no way I can do that.” In my eyes, the men and women of the Bible were SUPER CHRISTIANS. I mean, Peter walked on water, Paul raised a man from the dead and Elijah shut up the Heavens for 3 1/2 years! Yes, SUPER CHRISTIANS indeed!
However, in John 14:12 Jesus proclaimed, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” The Bible teaches that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18), so why is it we still lack faith in believing the promises of God?
I have wrestled with this question for years and I can honestly say the reasons cannot be nailed to one specific issue. I’ve learned through the years that constant skepticism from the world is a major contributor as well as lacking knowledge of God’s word (Romans 10:17).
Jesus took ordinary men and women who did extra ordinary things by turning the world upside down for God. Sure, they struggled a bit believing what Jesus taught in spite of the many miracles they saw. However, once Jesus died and rose on the third day they died to their fears and doubts.
I believe we as Christians must do as the early Christians did. We must die to fear and doubt by believing who Jesus says He is. Christ believed in us so much, He came to earth to die for us. Paul puts it this way in Romans 5:7-8 “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
If you are having a difficult time seeing yourself as Christ sees you, let me help you overcome your unbelief. Please hear me on this, Christ sees us as more than conquerors (Romans 8:31-39); we are God’s children (John 1:12); we are a friend of Jesus (John 15:15); we are justified and redeemed (Romans 3:24); we are heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17); we are accepted by Christ (Romans 15:7). Christ sees us as a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). You get the picture?
My prayer for today: Father, I pray that the eyes you lead to read this post, will read and believe with their hearts as well. I pray that you will open their hearts and mine to believe as you have believed in us; that we are more than conquerors who are fully equipped to do greater things than you. God please increase our faith were it is weak. Protect our zeal and convictions from the lies of Satan. May our lives be a living example and testament to the power that rest in Christ and all who confess Jesus is Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
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