Monday, September 14, 2009

Simply Believe!

I see it over and over again in the earthly ministry of Jesus. Whenever He was confronted with overwhelming needs of people where emotions were running strong and the cries of desperation reached His ears, He would often say, "Only Believe" and "Be not afraid, but believe" and "nothing is impossible to him that believeth" and "do you believe that I am able to do this?"

To those of us who have been following the Lord for many years, these remarks may seem an oversimplification and even misleading. After all, life is just more complicated than that, right? Wrong! If Jesus Christ the Lord of Glory and Creator of all things says that all we must do to receive the impossible is "Believe", then that is all! Our religious dumping of other conditions and rules into the equation only render a paralyzing blow to our "believer" and wrecks any opportunity we might have to accomplish the impossible.

Mark 11:24 (And I do not apologize for using these words of Jesus) Jesus says to His disciples, "What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them."

1. Desire things. Implies a certain amount of intensity.
2. Pray for the things you desire. Go ahead, it is o'k to ask for what you want.
3. Believe that you receive them. There it is: BELIEVE.
4. Have what you desired and asked for in prayer believing. Go ahead, have it!

This is what Jesus said to us. It is His unchanging, unfailing Word. He watches over His Word to perform it. So what He said is going to happen. We just simply have to believe Him.

Jesus talked like this when he was at the tomb of Lazarus. He was faced with the emotion of Mary & Martha who were a bit tiffed at His tardiness in coming to the aid of their brother. Jesus even wept at the situation, being deeply touched by their grief. He called upon them to believe in Him as the Resurrection and the Life. Only believe. The impossible was about to happen, and all they had to do was BELIEVE. Jesus told them to remove the stone from in front of the tomb, and then He called Lazarus from the regions of the departed back into his body and out of the tomb! Our lesson? Believe on Jesus to receive the impossible. Do what He tells us to do. And let Him do the remainder, more difficult task, i.e. raising the dead, etc.

"Only believe, only believe, all things are possible, only believe."
"Lord, I believe, Lord I believe, all things are possible, Lord I believe."

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