The journey continues…
Jesus taught the power of belief in Mark 9:23, when He said, “If you can! Everything is possible for one who believes.” Initially, when I read this verse, my thought was, “great!” I have the power to make anything possible. However, upon further reflection, I realized that Jesus was not giving a command for us to exercise our faith for everything, rather He was teaching about the power of belief. The apostle Paul reinforced this principle in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The Holy Spirit lives in us. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; there is nothing that He cannot do. Therefore, I am confident that through the power of Jesus, nothing is impossible for me.
Does this mean that I should exercise my faith for everything? The Bible says, “All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]” (1 Corinthians 10:23). Since, everything is not beneficial to me, others, or glorifies Christ, I will only believe the Lord for things that will help to fulfill my divine purpose. These things will improve my life, benefit others, and glorify God.
Furthermore, God will not give us everything for which we ask. Take, for example, the apostle Paul, he prayed for his thorn to be removed three times and God told him that it would remain, and His grace is sufficient for him to endure (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). In another instance, the Bible says that sometimes we ask for things and do not receive them because our motives are selfish (James 4:3). Therefore, as disciples of Christ, our faith must be guided by God’s Word for us to receive favorable results frequently. God is obligated to provide the resources for you to accomplish your purpose, hence, I encourage you to ask accordingly.
Four (4) questions to help guide your faith
1. Assess the motive behind your faith. Is it selfish or godly?
2. What is your divine purpose? This resource can help you http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0932HRQZT.
3. What are the things you need to accomplish your purpose? Ask Jesus for them.
4. Are you seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness? He promised that your needs will be met when you do so (Matthew 6:33).