By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. (Hebrews 11:11 ESV)
When we believe God’s Word to us, we are not merely believing in words but believing in the God who spoke those words. Furthermore, when we believe in God, there are at least three major things we believe about Him: He is able, He is faithful, and He is willing. Understanding these three facets of believing in God will cause your faith to soar.
The first step in believing in God for the believers is to believe that He is able to do what He says He would do. Regarding this assurance of God’s ability, Paul spoke of Abraham:
“And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:21 KJV)
Abraham was persuaded that God was able to perform His Word: He had what it took to make a man about 100 years old have a child with a woman who was not only barren but was at least 40 years into menopause. Abraham was persuaded that God was able to perform this impossible task.
While Abraham was persuaded that God was able, His wife Sarah was convinced that God was faithful. She was convinced about God’s immutable character and knew He would keep His word. Hebrews 11:11 says, “By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.”
Believing that God is powerful is not enough; we must also believe He is faithful.
Perhaps the most problematic aspect of believing in God for us believers is neither God’s ability nor His faithfulness. Many of us have little difficulty accepting these truths. However, we struggle with accepting the truth that God is willing to do what He says. In Matthew 8:2, a leper came to Jesus. This leper had no difficulties with Jesus’ ability; neither did he question His faithfulness. He had one issue in His mind: whether Jesus truly wanted to heal him.
“And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.’ ” (Matthew 8:2 ESV)
It is impossible to walk in faith or believe God when you are not convinced it is His will to do what you believe for. How religion has damaged our hearts in this area, giving us all plausible reasons to explain why God would not do what He says He would do for us! How many of you still believe there is a reason—some mysterious divine secret—why God does not want to heal, prosper, or anoint you powerfully, etc.?
To walk in faith, we must believe He is able, faithful, and willing.
Which of these three facets of believing in God do you struggle with the most?
Apply the Word
Train your heart to believe in God.
Ask the Spirit to help you remove all obstacles preventing you from fully believing His Word.