The Power in Believing

How You Can See God’s Glory

Beliefs are so important. “The word “believe” is in the Bible at least 249 times. Everything we do in our life traces back to our beliefs. The way we behave, think, or act goes back to our beliefs. In the world we live in, belief systems are divisive among nations, races, political parties, ethnicities, and even church denominations. It can lead to strife, wars, evilness, or the attack of “cancel culture”. God never designed for us to be so divided, but the fall of mankind made this possible.

The problem in our society is that we allow worldly sources to shift our mind away from God’s Word. Things such as manifestations, healing crystals, tarot cards, psychics, divination (horoscopes/zodiac signs), New Ageism, and so much more. Deuteronomy 18:10-13 speaks clearly about God forbidding His children to engage in such things. I encourage you to read it. It is important to know that the more we conform to customs and behaviors of this world, the more we become deceived and doubtful in God. Romans 12:2 NLT states, “Don’t copy the customs and behaviors of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then, you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” In order for God to change the way we think, we must believe that He will. It takes faith for that. But when it happens, we see God’s glory!

When I think of people from the Bible who experienced unbelief, I think of John 11. The story of Lazarus reveals how people allowed their circumstances and feelings to keep them from believing that Jesus could raise Lazarus from the dead. Jesus was dear friends with Lazarus. When Lazarus became sick, Jesus waited two days before he went to see him (John 11:5-6). Many people questioned why He waited, but Jesus made it clear that it was for the glory of God (John 11:4).

Even the disciples didn’t believe that Jesus should return to Judea (John 11:8). When Jesus arrived, Martha spoke words that showed her unbelief. Martha quickly assumed that Lazarus would raise from the dead with everyone else on the last day (John 11:23-24). Jesus stated, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this Martha?” He posed a question to Martha regarding her belief. It is the same way God poses the question in our hearts. To my friend reading this post, do you believe that God can heal your brokenness/sickness, deliver you, restore your finances/marriage, reunite your family, give you peace, send your Ruth or Boaz, or bless you? If you do, then you will see God’s glory.

Although the loved ones of Lazarus started out in unbelief, they ended in seeing God’s glory. But first, we read how Jesus was overcome with anger and wept before he resurrected Lazarus (John 11:33-35 NLT). The scripture doesn’t tell us exactly why Jesus wept, but we can examine it to understand it better. Some say it was solely because He loved Lazarus and showed compassion for mankind. I think that is part of it, but maybe there is another reason as well. Could it be that it also troubled Jesus how the people didn’t believe that He would raise Lazarus from the dead? 

All throughout the chapter, the loved ones blamed Jesus for not coming sooner to save Lazarus from dying. All along, God had a purpose for it. By Jesus delaying his visit, God got the glory in the end. See, delayed doesn’t always mean denied. We can’t be quick to believe that God can’t move in our lives just because it is not on our terms. The friends and family of Lazarus wanted Jesus to move on their time. So, because He didn’t, they didn’t believe He could resurrect Him. 

Even after Jesus had the conversation with Martha, she was still hardheaded and didn’t believe in John 11:38-39 NLT (just like us sometimes). Again, Jesus’s response made all the difference. He stated in John 11:40 NLT, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” After that, Jesus prayed out loud to build the people’s faith before raising Lazarus. He says in John 11:41-43 NLT, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” Moments later, Jesus performed the miraculous act and brought Lazarus back to life. 

Now, I can’t lie and say I haven’t doubted God when a situation wasn’t resolved, or I didn’t get the outcome I expected—or when God took too long to do something for me. I am sure you can relate. But there is hope for us. Mark 9:23 NLT tells us that, “anything is possible if a person believes.”  The man in Mark 9:24 cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief.” How do we overcome unbelief? We repent, ask God to come into our hearts, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Once we do that, we are demonstrating our belief to God that His Son died on the Cross and rose on the third day. Romans 10:9-10 NLT states, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” The same way Jesus openly declared out loud to the crowd to help their unbelief is the same we we must boldly profess ours to God. John 3:16 KJV is a very common scripture as well that we must never forget. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Say this prayer with me:

Dear Lord, 

Forgive me for all my sins and especially for the times I doubted you. Help me overcome my unbelief. Keep me on a narrow path so that I never conform to the customs and behaviors of this world. Let my life be a testimony to bring Your name honor. Give me peace and patience during the waiting process. Lord, if it happens on my terms, I’ll praise you. If it doesn’t, I’ll still praise you. I know that you have a purpose in your “yes”, “no”, and “not yet”. Help my desires line up with Your Will for my life. Thank you for loving me beyond my flaws. Help me believe so that I can see your glory in my life. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen. 

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