Today’s blog post might have the potential to be offensive, but that’s okay.  Our propensity towards political correctness has stagnated us in mediocrity for far too long.  In order to be truly introspective, we have to risk being uncomfortable and venture into our dark places.

My question today is:  Do you believe in God?  My question is not do you believe that God exists, but do you believe in God?  Those are two entirely different questions.  To believe that God exists is to merely believe that there is a higher being.  To believe in God is to embrace His sovereignty.  So, again, I ask, do you believe in God?  I would venture to say that for most of us, the answer is, “no.”

Many contemporary, worship songs have lyrics that asserts God’s greatness.  Most of us know a few and could probably recite the lyrics of several of them.  For the pious few, we have even memorized passages of Scripture.  But does all of that fanfare equate to belief?  When all is said and done, do we believe in God?  Do we truly believe that He has the power and the desire to do what He said that He would do?  The best way to truly answer this question is to utilize the Socratic Method.  Our answers to the next series of questions will give us some insight to where we stand in our beliefs.  Our truthful answers to these questions might also allow us to reconsider our approach to our relationship with God.

  • Do you think God personally cares for you?
  • Do you think that God’s will (His design) is greater than man’s free will?
  • Do you think that God has control over the human heart (the hardening and softening of hearts)?
  • Do you think that God can shift the world’s economic status?
  • Do you think God is greater than man?
  • Do you think God is greater than government?
  • Do you think God is greater than sickness?
  • Do you think God is greater than evil?  In other words, do you believe God reigns over evil?
  • Do you believe that God’s will is independent of chance/luck?
  • Do you think that God’s will supersedes the desires/schemes of your enemies?

Most of us probably answered yes to most, if not all, of those questions.  However, if we are not walking in the knowledge of our belief, then we do not truly believe.  To believe in God means that we believe that God is greater than our circumstances.  Belief in God means that we do not become prisoners to fear.  That does not mean that we should not make preparation in the face of difficulties or adversities.  It simply means that we are not held captive by our circumstances.

The past is the greatest predictor of the future.  One way to overcome our fears and increase our faith is to call God into our circumstances and watch Him move.  If we are able to see how God moved in our past, we will become more confident that He will move in the future.

If you are facing a potential layoff/firing/termination, call God into your situation.  God is greater than unemployment.  He is greater than your bosses/supervisors/colleagues.  No weapons formed against you shall prosper.  If you are facing legal entanglement, call God into your situation.  He is the great judge, prosecutor and jury.  He is greater than your accusers and your sin.  If you confess your wrongs.  He will forgive you and have mercy on you.  If you are facing sickness, call God into your situation.  He is the great healer.  He is your nurse, your doctor and your provider.  He created all things including your cure.  If you are in pursuit of the dream that God placed on your heart and you are facing resistance, call Him into your situation.  He is the Alpha and the Omega.  He is the Great I Am.  He is greater than people, forces and principalities.  He is for you.  He has the first and the last say.

This is the part of my post that might be a little discouraging and somewhat frustrating for some.  God does not always answer prayers the way we would like Him to.  However, I have learned to praise Him through disappointment.  Some of my greatest rewards have come from God saying no to something else.

Things that we see as failures, God uses for His glory.  If you or someone you love is facing sickness, and God does not provide healing, do not fear death.  God overcame death.  Death, for those who have accepted Christ, is actually the beginning of something far better.  If that business venture you have been pursuing fails, trust that God has a better deal.  If that job fires you, know that God is strengthening your character for the next promotion.  You see, once you believe, nothing that happens is by chance.  Surrender EVERYTHING and EVERYONE to God.  The Bible says that God will make your enemies your footstool (Luke 20:43, Psalm 110:1; Matthew 22:44, Acts 2:35).  When our ways are pleasing to God, He will make our enemies live at peace with us (Proverbs 16:7).  Take heart knowing that even in this world God is:

  • Our Father
  • Our Friend
  • Our Husband
  • Our Provider
  • Our Comforter
  • Our Lawyer
  • Our Judge
  • Our Jury
  • Our Mortgage Consultant
  • Our Loan Consultant
  • Our Debt Consultant
  • Our Bank
  • Our Teacher
  • Our University
  • Our Tutor
  • Our Supervisor
  • Our Whatever we need Him to be!

Jesus, I just pray a special blessing over your people today.  May you step into their situations and remind them of exactly who you are.  I pray that your people will not fear the world and its minions.  May your people surrender ALL of their circumstances to you alone.  LORD, I pray that you send forth an army of angels to all who read this prayer.  Allow the sun to stand still in each life as you did for Joshua.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen!