We Believe in God, but Do We Believe God?

We Believe in God, but Do We Believe God?

In worship a couple weeks ago, our chuch sang the song “There’s Nothing that Our God Can’t Do.” The chorus goes like this: 

“There’s nothing that our God can’t do. There’s not a mountain that He can’t move. Oh, praise the Name that makes a way. There’s nothing that our God can’t do.”  

As Christians, we receive God into our lives when we confess our belief in Jesus. In John 6:29, Jesus said, This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”  

This is step one in our Christian walk, but then we have another question to answer. And for some, it takes a lifetime. We believe in God, but do we believe God? 

 God’s word is full of promises and truths, but how often do we fail to take God at his word? I am personally challenged by this, especially when I reflect on seasons of doubt. We often pray for God to “do more than we could ask or imagine” (Eph. 3:20). And we should pray this because it is truth from God’s word. He really can do so much more than we could ever imagine.  

But deep down, in our hearts and minds, do we really believe God will answer and move like that? Do we really believe He can move any mountain, revive any dream, and heal our broken places? Or do we feel we are the exception? 

 And why? Why do we struggle to take God at his word? I know why I struggle. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” 

God’s ways are higher and better because of his infinite wisdom and ability to see all of history from the beginning to the end. He is mind-blowing. We cannot ever fully wrap our brains around all his abilities, his power or his wisdom. This is why I struggle. I can’t imagine how God could possibly work in my situation, so I doubt that he is able to. I fail to believe him fully because of the limits of my own mind.  

 In short, I make it about me and my ideas instead of about him and what he has promised to do. I try to put him into a box when really, he is uncontainable. I just need to get out of his way and let him do his thing! 

 I love the bridge of this song. It is one of those mantras we need to repeat to ourselves. Kind of the idea that the more we say something, the more we will fully believe it. It says: 

 “I will believe for greater things. There’s no power like the power of Jesus. Let faith arise. Let all agree. There’s no power like the power of Jesus.” 

 Let’s do more than believe in God. Even demons do that (James 2:19). We are called to believe God, to live in faith, to live out God’s promises to us. The pastor at my chuch often says faith is spelled R-I-S-K. Risk seems scary, but when we believe God’s words, we will never be put to shame (Romans 10:11).  

The Bible holds numerous promises that God made to us. So, from God’s own words, here are some promises we can whole-heartedly believe: 

  1. God will never leave you. “God has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” – Hebrews 13:5, NIV
  2. You belong to God. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” -Isaiah 43:1, ESV 
  3. You are God’s masterpiece, created for a purpose. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2:10, NLT 
  4. Nothing can separate you from God’s love. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39, NIV 

 God’s word, from him to us. Do you believe him? 

**Article first appeared at The Cornerstone Church website. https://www.cornerstonechurchmn.org/blog/2020/9/16/we-believe-in-god-but-do-we-believe-god

 

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Kristen Johnson

Kristen is an "accidental farmer's wife" and stay-at-home mom of 3. Accidental, because it was never in her plan to "just" be a mom. But it was God's. Former English teacher now turned MOPS Coordinator and Speaker, Kristen now writes at nap-time, blogging about her silly kids and her farming adventures, as a mom Called by God. She lives in Minnesota on a farm with her family, dog and 5 cats.