Do you believe IN God or BELIEVE God?
For some time, I have been thinking about faith and belief. We've all heard the verse that even the demons believe in God (James 2:19). Then about 2 months ago, I heard a song on the radio which seemed to speak directly to my heart. (And I've played it every day since then!)
This scripture came to mind when I first heard it:
"For this reason I am telling you, whatever things you ask for in prayer [in accordance with God’s will], believe [with confident trust] that you have received them, and they will be given to you." Mark 11:24 (Amplified Bible)
Believe with confident trust - is that how I'm living out my faith? Believing God or merely believing in God? This has challenged me lately to pray more boldly - believing that God will do what He says He will do. But we do have to be careful that we are also praying for things that align with His will, not ours.
As a dear brother in Christ, Joel Steigerwalt, proclaimed in a recent message on Psalm 23 [after I had determined the title of this blog]. "The real test is - do we believe God, do we believe Christ's promises, as our Great Shepherd, to lead us thru this time, amidst our fears of anxiety, depression, and the darkness of the soul?"
The song which started this train of thought, CeCe Winan's "Believe For It" (acoustic version is below) gives witness to the power of God's name and our faith in believing. I watched a mini-documentary about the recording of her live album of the same name (this video is a different version). One of the background vocalists made this statement: "There's a part of our faith that just goes beyond science or reason or understanding. That He is the God who makes miracles and He is the one who moves mountains. And with Him, in His time, all things are possible. So I'm just gonna believe!"
What I am choosing to do is to boldly believe "God For It." What about you?
I trust that this song will bless you as much as it has blessed me!
[To view the performance version of this song (of the whole recorded live television concert), click here. Ce Ce's testimony about this song begins at 14:00 min. She "prays that everyone who hears it will release their faith for the impossible..."]
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