Is God able AND willing?
Many of us believe God is able. We know He is powerful. We fully believe He healed diseases, raised the dead, and brought dignity back to a bleeding woman and untouchable lepers. We read those words in Scripture and think, "Yes! That's my God." But in the same breath, we don't believe He would do that for us. We think, "He wouldn't do that for me." Not true. God was active then. He is active now. We don't worship a passive, distant God. If that's the God you are worshipping, you need to exchange Him for the real One.
Able is one thing. Willing is another. Imagine for a moment the 4 men who cut through the roof and lowered the sick man on a stretcher before Jesus. (Mark 2) Imagine if they didn't believe Jesus was actually willing to do a healing work in this man. Do you think they still would have gone to all that trouble? They knew Jesus was able. But something inside of them, their mustard-seed faith, told them Jesus was not just able, He was willing.
Do you believe God is willing to do a work in your life?
Do you pray with expectation?
Do your words reflect a God of miracles? Or a God who barely gets you through life?
I'm asking these questions because I have been guilty of this. I think too small of God. I have reduced the "ask ," and made the bar so low at times, I don't need God to show up.
Do you need God to show up? Friend, I encourage you to act like it. Speak like it. Believe like it. Pray like it. Step out like it. Be bold and make God show up in your life. There's nothing quite like active, green-light faith.
Faith in motion.
Faith with movement.
Faith packaged in expectation.
Faith pressing in for a breakthrough.
This is the kind of faith that honors God.
God is not pressured when you press in. Quite the opposite. He is pleased.
I encourage you, take a moment today, and ask God to refill your expectation cup. Petition Him to give you Press-In-Power; the power to continue pressing in through expectant prayer and faith.
Let me make one quick caveat. Sometimes God says no. I understand that. There is definitely Biblical evidence and precedence for that. I'm not suggesting you turn God into your personal Genie. Nor am I preaching a prosperity gospel here. However, I think we give up far too early. I believe, because I've struggle with this idea too, that God is willing for SOMEBODY ELSE, but not for me. I'm encouraging you to break up with that belief. Pray with expectation, and believe God is willing to bring breakthrough for YOU…no matter how big or small the breakthrough.
Matt. 8: 1-3
Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
Have a great week! And be willing to let God be willing.