Lately, there has been a recurring theme in my life… If you want something to happen you have to BELIEVE it will happen and it will! I don’t understand why that concept is so hard for us to grasp. God has been tugging on my heart about the importance of changing my thought process, the power of positive thinking if you will. I think oftentimes, we defeat ourselves and allow Satan to use our own insecurities and self doubt to make us think we don’t deserve the things we desire in life. Guess what?? That is a lie!! You absolutely deserve everything you desire, and the Lord promises to give us our desires if we are committed to Him (Psalm 37).
The Lord tells us over and OVER again in his word how important our beliefs are. In Mark He tells us that whatever we ask for in prayer if we BELIEVE that we will receive it, it WILL be ours (Mark 11:24). Also in Mark he tells us that EVERYTHING is possible for him who BELIEVES! (Mark 9:23) In Matthew He says that faith, as tiny as a mustard seed, has the power to move mountains.
Here is a recent example of how God helped me connect the dots and really understand what this means…
Many of you know that I recently took a test to get certified to teach. Several of my friends and family were praying for me as a studied and prepared for the test and almost everyone I talked to said the message, in very different ways,
“You’ve got this,”
“I’ll pray, but you don’t need it I know you did good,”
“I know you passed, why are you worrying about it,”
“God wouldn’t have brought you here if this isn’t where He wanted you.”
Everyone in my life seemed to have complete confidence that I passed the test, except for me. I studied so much, but the day of the test I just didn’t feel confident at all, I knew the only way I was going to get a passing score was because that is what the Lord intended. Because of my doubt, I prayed, daily, over and over and over again and as I was driving home from work I was just praying again to the Lord…
Me: Lord, I pray that you would continue to prepare my heart for the results that are to come, I pray that you would continue to remind me that you have control and you have a plan. I pray that if the results don’t go the way I’m hoping that you would just help me be at peace about it.
God: “If the results don’t go the way you hope?” Why are you doubting me? Just thank me, Brandy!
Me: Just thank you???? What are you talking about, I don’t have the test results yet.
God: Exactly!!! I know what my plan is, you need to trust in my plan. Just thank me!
I was suddenly filled with excitement and confidence that I had passed this test. God lifted all the anxiety and the doubt I was feeling and replaced it with joy, peace and contentment. And the next morning I got the test results, PASSED!
God reminded me of the verses in Mark and Matthew that I had read before and I just kept reminding myself of His promise that if I believe I have received it, it will be mine. So now I’m implementing that in all areas of my life.
- I believe that I have passed this test because God wants me to be a teacher and I believe that even though I haven’t gotten a job offer yet I WILL be a teacher.
- I believe that God has a man waiting and faithfully praying for me daily in anticipation of meeting me one day.
- I believe that the changes I have been making in my life will soon reflect the outwardly beauty that I possess on the inside.
Do you believe the things in the bible are written because the Lord intended us to read them? I do! I believe every word written was intended to be read, meditated on and applied, so I will make an effort to continue to apply these truths to my life. I hope you have been encouraged by this blog and will also begin to meditate on the verses above and start to wholeheartedly believe the things you are asking God for in prayer.