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Friday, May 15, 2015

Believing God: Those Who Believed God




And he [Abram] believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
(Genesis 15:6 KJV)

After taking a short detour last week to celebrate Mother’s Day, this week we return to the theme of believing God. To review the previous posts in this series see Believing God and Believing God: Unbelief.

In taking a broad look at the history of the Jewish people, particularly right after they left Egypt, we can see times were they did believe God and times where they did not believe God. Consider the story of the spies who went and explored the Promised Land—a land full of milk and honey, a land specifically prepared by God for His people. It is here where we see only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb who believed God—they believed they could capture the Promised Land because God was on their side and would fight for them. They did this in the face of the majority’s disbelief. For the complete story see Numbers 13 and Numbers 14.

Disbelief kept the Jewish people wandering in the wilderness for forty years. How much wandering do we do because of our unbelief?

Believing God is key to a victorious life in Jesus Christ. To not believe God is to live with little of God’s power. When we have little of God’s power manifesting in our lives, we miss out on so much God longs to do through us and give to us.



The great missionary to India, William Carey, stated: “Expect great things; attempt great things.” He is not the only missionary who lived a life that characterized believing God.

David Livingstone was a missionary and explorer in Africa doing absolutely amazing things for the Lord and impacted a nation. His impact is still felt today.

Eric Liddell also believed God and impacted China sharing God’s Word and love with those around him. His life was cut short, yet during the years he lived, he gave his all for His Lord—leading many to the Savior.   

Although not a missionary, Oswald Chambers, who wrote the devotional classic, My Utmost for His Highest, made a great impact in England and during WWI in Egypt.

D. L. Moody, a simple man, with little education made a huge impact for the Lord. Moody brought many into relationship with the Lord. His work is still impacting the world today through the Moody Bible Institute. He simply gave himself fully to the Lord, and the Lord used him in amazing ways. 

These are but a few of many who said yes to God and believed Him. By believing they took leaps of faith and the world has not been the same. We are still benefiting from these examples of believing God.



These men lived lives fully sold out to God and God used them mightily—great examples of believing God and allowing Him to use the whole of you.

What is God calling you to believe Him for? 

Healing for you or a loved one?

Salvation of a friend or family member?
 
Revival? 

What about changing the direction our nation is going?
 
What is God is calling you to do?  Lead a Bible study…witness at work, to a neighbor?  Start a ministry? 

The list is endless.  Only you know.  What steps can you take this week to believe God? 

Remember, you can do everything through Christ!




Please join me in prayer:

Heavenly Father, we confess that many times we struggle with believing You in the way we should. Thank You for the amazing witness of those who have gone before us who have believed You; therefore they were empowered to do amazing things that benefited others and pointed to Your glory, power, and might. Reveal to us how we should emulate those examples in our daily lives. We desire to live a life that allows You to do great things through us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

From My Heart to Yours,

Kim


6 comments:

  1. May God do great things through all of us who believe He not only can, but will. Great inspiration, Kim! Love and blessings!

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    1. Martha, I'm thankful to provide inspiration. We all need to be inspired at time. God is simply amazing at how He communicates with us and through us.

      Love and blessings!

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  2. Hi Kim! This is the second post I've read on trust. I think God is trying to nudge me a little. I think trust is a true sign of spiritual maturity.
    I'm so used to questioning and doubting on a human level, that it's hard to break that habit with the spiritual. If I don't doubt here on earth, I can be taken advantage of. But God is not a human being! He is worthy of my complete trust. I like the quote from Scripture about Abram. He trusted, although he had no idea where he was going. And God thought of him as 'righteous'. I want to be like that!

    Have a great weekend :)
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil! It's interesting how God communicates with us and uses a variety of means to get His message across. Trust is something that I really do need to work on myself.

      God is the one person who is worthy of our trust. Thankfully He's patient with us as we learn to trust Him fully.

      Abram is a great example of trusting God.

      Have a great weekend!

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  3. Believing God is key to a victorious life in Jesus Christ. Amen, Amen, Amen
    Great post,

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    1. Hi Betty! Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. We truly do have victory in Jesus. I appreciate your encouragement.

      Blessings!

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