One of the words God has given me for 2016 is the word believe. In some ways it struck me as odd. When I felt the Lord give me that word, I whispered, “Really Lord? You know I believe You.” But, as I sat with the Lord for while I heard Him reply to me, “Becky, I want you to believe me for more; More of my Spirit, More of my power, More of my presence, More of my anointing and More of my provision.” As I reflected on the Lord’s answer to me, I realized something about myself. My self-talk is sabotaging. (I’m being gut level honest here!) While I believe that God can do anything, sometimes I find myself doubting He will do “that” – whatever “that” might be – for me. For example, I’ll pray for more anointing and for more opportunities to open for the message He’s given me, but then doubt creeps in and I wonder, Lord, are you really going to open doors for me? Or do you only open doors for the superstars? In the last few days, the Holy Spirit has been convicting me. He has told me to stop. Stop. Doubting. And, Believe.
According to Strong’s concordance, the word “Believe” means to be persuaded of and place our confidence and trust in – and get this – not just credence – but full reliance on the One we believe in. That’s where the rub comes. We say we believe. But does our belief result in action? Do we fully rely on the One in whom we believe? Do we really believe He will provide for all our needs, as He has promised? (Philippians 4:19). Do we really believe that what He’s called us to do, He will empower us to do? (2 Thessalonians 5:24). Do we really believe Him for the impossible? (John 14:13-14)
How would our lives look different if we really believed? Here’s what I think:
- We’d take bigger risks for the sake of the gospel.
- We’d worry a whole lot less about our finances.
- We’d ask for healing more and believe that He hears.
- We’d be more joyful and less fearful.
- We’d be more successful because we’d be confident that God was for us.
I don’t know about you, but I know that’s what I want in 2016. And, I know that mindset has to start today! So, here’s my declaration:
In 2016, I’m believing God for the impossible! I’m trusting Him, to do in and through me, what only He can do.
- When fear comes, I’ll choose faith.
- When doubt hammers, I choose confidence.
- When worry threatens, I’ll choose peace.
- When sorrow comes, I’ll choose to cling
Because, I know in whom I believe!
What about you? What are you believing God for today? This week? This year? Leave a comment. I’ll be giving away a FREE copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge because one thing I know, praising God builds our faith and helps us to believe God more fully. I’ll draw one name from those who leave comments and announce the winner on Wednesday. But in order to be entered into the drawing you must leave a comment.