(Pg. 76-77) Dare to Believe for Greater Things
Will you dare to start believing God for greater things? God doesn’t want you to drag though life, barely making it. He doesn’t want you to have to scrimp and scrape, trying to come up with enough money to pay for food, shelter, transportation, to pay your bills, or to worry about how you are going to send your children to college. He doesn’t want you to be unhappy in your marriage,. It is not His preference for you to live in perpetual pain.
God wants you to have a good life, a life filled with love, joy, peace, and fulfillment. That doesn’t mean it will always be easy, but it does mean that it will always be good. God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him. You can dare to start believing Him for a better marriage. Start believing Him for better health. Believe for joy and peace and happiness. Start believing for increase and abundance. Become a true believer, knowing that you will become what you believe.
God said to Abraham, “I’m going to bless you so that you can be a blessing.” God is saying that same thing to you. He wants to bless you with abundance, so you can turn around and be a blessing to other people.
Maybe you have endured terrible disappointments. Unspeakable negative things may have happened to you, to the point that you have ceased believing for anything good to occur in your life. You’ve lost your dreams. You are drifting through life, taking whatever comes your way. You may be tempted to tell yourself, “I’ve been living this way too long. I’m never going to get any better. I’ve prayed, I’ve believed, I’ve done everything I know how to do. Nothing’s changed. Nothing’s worked. I might as well give up.”
I’ve had people tell me, “Joel I don’t want to get my hopes up. I’ve been through so many hurts in the past. If I don’t get my hopes up and nothing food happens to me, at least I won’t be disappointed.”
Friend, that attitude is contrary to God’s desires for you. No matter how many setbacks you’ve suffered, God still has a great plan for your life. You must get your hopes up. If you don’t have hope, you won’t have faith. And if you don’t have faith, you can’t please God, and you won’t see His power revealed in your life. Keep hope alive in your heart. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. Don’t allow discouragement or other setbacks to keep you from believing what God says about you.
When times get tough or things don’t go your way, keep your confidence up. When discouragements come or when people tell you that your dreams are never going to come to pass, you’re never going to be happy, and you can never change, boldly remind yourself who is at work in your life. God is turning things around in your favor. God is opening doors of opportunity for you. He is restoring relationships. He is softening people’s hearts toward you. God is completing what He started. You may not see anything happening with your natural eyes, but you must believe that in the unseen world, God is at work in your behalf.
Remember, no weapon formed against you is going to prosper. That doesn’t mean that tehre will not be opposition in your life; there will be weapons formed against you, and they may be formidable and frightening. But they cannot ultimately hurt you. Your future is intact with God. You will not go under, you will go through. The Scripture says, “Many are the affliction of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
The Bible says when you’ve done all you know how to do, just keep on standing strong. You’ve got to show your enemy you are more determined than he is. Keep praying, jeep believing, keep singing songs of praise, Keep fighting the good fight of faith. If you do that, God promises to bring you out with the victory.
I like the way The Message translates Philippians 1:6: “There has never been the slightest doubt go in my mind that the God who started the great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finishing on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” The best is yet to come. You can get up each morning expecting things to turn in your favor. Start expecting the goodness of God. Start expecting His blessings. If you believe, Jesus said, “all things are possible.” Let me challenge you to be a believer. Let faith rise in your heart. Get into agreement with God and He’ll do more than you can ask or think.