Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Happy New Year!
There is a force, a power that lies within what we believe. A great Christmas movie to enjoy during this holiday season is the movie “Elf.” After all the silliness and syrup drinking chaos the moral of the story is that the only way Santa’s sled can fly again is by the power of those who believe in Santa. Although we know (spoiler alert) Santa Claus is not real, what we believe empowers our desires and manifests them in our lives.
The power that lies within a single belief comes from the design of our Creator. Like God, we have the ability to form beliefs from words. Unfortunately, not all of our beliefs have been founded in words of truth; some are derived from words of error. Without the Word of God as a source of revelation of who Jesus Christ is, we are left to the political agenda and deceived opinions of the world. This is why the preaching of the gospel is so valuably important. Romans 10:14 says, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” The truth spoken and heard is the format by which correct beliefs are formed and results produced. I ask you then, concerning your situation or issue that you are facing right now, “What do you believe?” When we honestly answer the question of what we believe, we will be catapulted into the area where all things are possible.
In Mark 9:14-29 we find Jesus returning with Peter, James and John from the mount of transfiguration to a father whose son was mute and had seizures. The father was crushed with disappointment as he told Jesus that His disciples were unable to heal his son. Jesus’ response simply placed the responsibility of the healing on what was believed, for Jesus called them an “unbelieving generation.” The father continues to give context to his son’s situation as Jesus questions him, and with tears streaming down his face says to Jesus, “But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” In verse 23, Jesus says to him, “If you can! Believe, for all things are possible to him who believes.” Did you get that? Jesus places the breakthrough and power of deliverance back on the belief of the man. Jesus wanted this father and those around watching to know that they were not helplessly waiting to see if God could change the situation, but that ALL THINGS are possible to the believer!
You could say that we are one belief away from seeing a complete 180 in any area of life.
So how do we change what we believe? Simple, change the information we take in with our eyes and ears. I believe that “Seeing is believing!” The problem is we have been looking at the wrong image and therefore believing the wrong thing. We’ve been looking at the doctor report or bank statement believing what we see naturally instead of seeing the incorruptible, indestructible ever-living word of God. I’m talking about seeing only the image (JESUS) produced by the Word of God. When we allow the word to be the manufacturer of the thoughts and intents, and meditation of our heart, then the image seen will produce our deliverance.
This is what makes believing so powerful. Everything we currently possess or don’t for that matter is a direct result of what we have believed in our hearts, for what we believe we will become. (Rom 4:18; Pro. 4:20-23) If you, by the word of God, believe that you can live healthy and whole every day, then you will. If you, by the word of God, believe that you can live with every need and want met, then you will. If you, by the word of God, believe that you have abundant peace and are free from anxiety and depression, then you will. In the words of Jesus, “ONLY BELIEVE!”