- God is who He says he is.
- God can do what He says He can do.
- I am who God says I am.
- I can do all things through Christ.
- God’s Word is alive and active in me.
God doesn’t just want us to believe in Him; He wants us to BELIEVE Him! His Word says that without faith it is impossible to please God. He declares it is the avenue to His pleasure.
Isaiah 43:10-11 (NKJV), “You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior.
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV),“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, AND that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
He not only desires but needs us to live by Faith! He can’t accomplish His many purposes and will until His children begin to act like His children. When we learn who He is, what He can do, and then, in turn believe it and operate in it, we will soon come to the conclusion that I am who God said I am and I can do what God said I can do. We, then, will look like and act like the children of God. All of this stems from one heart action – Faith.
Hebrews 3:16-19 (NLT),“And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? 18 And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? 19 So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter in.”
If we don’t believe, we can’t enter into our land of promises, purpose, and perfect will. We simply speak empty words, proclaiming a powerless gospel, never living up to our proclaimed potential of being co-heirs with Christ. We must BELIEVE the one we claim to believe in. Revelation 4 says that we were created for God’s pleasure. Then Hebrews 11 says that “without faith, it is impossible to please God”. So we can deduce that God created us with the capacity to have faith and He fully expects us to live and walk in it. And if we don’t, we are displeasing to Him.
Psalm 100:3 (NKJV), “Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”
Know that Yahweh is God and he is our creator! We must get it in our spirit that “God is who He said He is”. Until we get that, we have no reason to pray or expect anything from Him. How can you expect a miracle from someone you don’t believe? Believing God is the key to receiving from God.
In preparing His Disciples for ministry, Jesus asked them 2 questions:
Matthew 16:13, 15 (NKJV), “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
For Christians, the danger is usually not those that say God does not exist or there is some other god, but the danger comes from those who call themselves Christian yet teach a false doctrine about who God really is. They water down the power and existence of our God. We somehow, can believe that God can save us from eternal damnation but we don’t believe He can produce the miracle we are seeking today. If we really believed that God IS who He says He is, we would have no problem believing that God can do what He said He can do.
Humans want to make everything about God explainable. We’ve decided that if it’s not explainable that it’s not plausible. We try to make God fit into our nicely written and believable textbooks and not be so “God-like!” If we can’t understand and explain it, it must not be so. We have become unwilling to say “I don’t know. But if God said it, it must be true whether or not my limited human brain can reconcile it.” We must come to the conclusion that we are not all-knowing and sometimes, we just don’t know or understand and we have to be okay with that. Because if God said it, It IS SO!
God is not changed one iota by who man says He is but our future resides solely with the answer to the second question, “Who do you say I am?” We are wise to take inventory of our beliefs. What and who has influenced our belief in who God is? Our grandparents, our sunday school teacher, our friends, our health, media, politicians? Have these people and things steered us to the conclusion that God is who He says He is? or that “God is lesser than He said”? or different? If our faith is unchallenged it remains unchanged. Challenge yourself today and ask yourself the question, “Who do I say God is?”
Our answer will greatly affect the quality of our lives and the fulfillment of our destinies.
Matthew 16:15-19 (NKJV), “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Peter’s belief in who he said Jesus is obviously will greatly affect his destiny. Because of his belief, he was given kingdom power. God is looking for a people who will think with the mind of Christ rather than the mind of man. If we can answer that question with full belief that God is who He said He is we will be given the power to bind evils and strongholds and loose kingdom power and blessings.
based on “Believing God” by Beth Moore
study by Laurie L Webb