Believing Before Seeing
It’s important that we have faith in the middle of uncertainty. Thomas, from the Bible, said, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Even though God has done so many amazing things in my life (like huge financial blessings and depth in my friendships), I still find myself doubting whether or not God will provide for me.
Having faith and believing God is hard to do when what we see doesn’t line up with what He said. When I wrote my first book, “Why Christians are Skeptical of the Supernatural,” I didn’t believe that God still worked miracles today. Well, I kinda did, but I didn’t think that God could work supernatural miracles today.
As the years went by, God proved to me many times, through personal experience, that He absolutely still performs supernatural miracles today. And it’s not just that God still performs miracles today, but more importantly, we need to have faith in order to see miracles happen.
Faith Looks Like Trust
Last week sometime, my sister reminded me that Jesus Culture Church is having a conference. Because I didn’t have the money to attend the conference, I just assumed that I wouldn’t be able to make it. But, my sister told me that if I signed up to serve twice during the conference, I could get into the conference for free.
So I thought, “Well that’s great, but what about paying for parking?” Well not too long after that, my father volunteered to drop me off and pick me up at the conference each day (I don’t have a car because I sold it before I went to the mission field). God blessed me with a way to make it to the conference even though I didn’t have money to pay for it!
If I had not taken the first step of faith by signing up for the conference, I would not have found out that my father would bless me by choosing to drive me to the conference each day. I didn’t expect that to happen, but God knew what He was doing.
You’re Not In Control
Not being in control is a scary thing. It’s especially scary when God tells us to do something and we don’t have any control over what will happen next. I believe some of the greatest desires of my heart have been satisfied when I stepped out and trusted God by doing something that looked really crazy in the natural sense.
Some of those crazy things I did by faith were: go to Africa for ministry school after I lost my job, fly to Colorado to speak about my latest book with no money to pay for anything, and go to Spain to do missionary work when I hadn’t had a financial support system established yet. In all of the situations above, God provided the money after I started taking steps of faith.
The money didn’t come first, it came later. It would be nice if I could just sit in my room all day long and know that God would save all the broken people in the world on His own. While He could do that, He usually doesn’t work that way because He wants us as Believers to partner with Him in fulfilling the great commission. I cant save all the people in the world by myself, but if we all work together and put all of our gifts together, that’s when we become the hands and feet of Jesus to a lost and dying world.
Stepping Out is Scary
I remember years ago when I was at my old church, there was a woman who attended there named Elizabeth. She was/is incredibly gifted and very bold in her faith. God worked through her to perform some of the most radical miracles I’ve ever seen like healing cancerous tumors, scoliosis (crooked spine), migraine headaches, permanent nerve damage, etc.
At that time, I remember thinking to myself, “She must never be afraid whenever God uses her. I can’t wait until God can use me the way He’s using her, with no fear.” Well, guess what? That day never came lol In the past few years, God has sent me to Africa, Spain, France, and the Middle East to share the Gospel with people, and every time God supernaturally provided, I was nervous each time!
God has used me to pray for many people with various sicknesses throughout the years, and I still get a little nervous whenever I pray for healing depending on what I’m praying what! I’ve realized that there are no superhero Christians who have no fear. We all have fear. The big difference between people who are doing radical things for God and those who aren’t is that the those who are doing radical things for God are obedient to His Voice.
Faith looks like obedience. When our desire to be obedient to God is greater than the voices that come from our fears, that’s when God can use us to change the world for His glory.
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