Do You Believe God?

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…” (Ephesians 1:18-20 NIV, emphasis mine)


It doesn’t take reading very far into the Bible to see the weighty importance of believing God. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:5). His wife, Sarah, had a much harder time believing that God could fulfill His promises. When she doubted that God could open her womb at age 89, the angel asked her, “Is anything to too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14). That is a question each and every one of us will have to answer at one time or another.

In the Greek, the original language of the New Testament, the word pistis is translated as faith, believing, and believe. The noun pistis and the verb form of the same word, pisteuo occur more than 240 times in the New Testament and the adjectivepistos is found sixty seven times. That’s a lot of believing God!

When the Philippian jailer asked, “Men, what must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas answered without hesitation, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,” (Acts 16:31). It iswhoever believes in him that does not perish, but has everlasting life. (John 3:16). Paul wrote to the Ephesians:

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When youbelieved, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14, emphasis mine)

When you believed in Jesus, you were signed, sealed, delivered you’re His! It is a decision that every Christian has made in the past. And with that decision comes forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. Hallelujah!

Then there’s more. Paul went on to pray:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…” (Ephesians 1:18-20, emphasis mine)

The word pistis in the first passage is past tense believed. However pistis in the second passage is a present active participle, which means we believe and we keep on believing, right now, all the time, continuously. And what happens when we believe God tells the truth? We will have access to His incomparably great power “the same mighty strength that He exerted when He raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.” Now if that doesn’t raise our expectations for this faith journey of union and communion with Jesus, I don’t know what would!

Theresa believed God and dared to trust God to answer her child’s prayer. Theresa’s daughter always wanted to play the flute, but it seemed financially impossible. “Honey, we can’t afford a flute,” she explained. “Maybe one day.”

The following year, her daughter expressed her desire to join the school band and play the flute. Theresa didn’t have the heart to tell her no again. “If it is God’s will for you to play the flute, then He will provide one before the school year starts. Let’s ask Him to take care of it.” Theresa prayed and believed God would answer, but she had no idea how He would provide.

A few days before school started, Theresa and her daughter went to a yard sale. And what did they see glistening in the sunlight among all the wares? A flute! But this wasn’t just any ol’ flute. This was an antique flute that had Theresa’s daughter’s birthday inscribed on the side. The year was 1918, but the day and month were the same as hers. A sudden glory!

The miracle flute was not a fluke. Theresa dared to ask, dared to believe, and God lavishly gave. Today Theresa’s daughter plays the flute beautifully, and every time she brings the instrument to her lips, she remembers that moment of sudden glory glistening in the sunlight.

So, what about you? Are you ready to start practicing some present tense believing right now? Are you ready to start acting like you believe God tells the truth?

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I get so excited when I read about women who have experienced miracles in their lives. I get so excited when I read about women who believe You! Help me to exercise the faith that I have been given so that it will grow stronger each day.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

What Do You Think?

Luke 1:5 records this about Mary, the mother of Jesus: Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Can you say that about yourself? If so, get an index card and write the verse with your name in it. Blessed is (your name) who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!

I love what the angel said to Sarai “Is anything to hard for the LORD?” If you are willing to answer that question, “NO!” then log onto my blog page and leave a comment that says “Nothing is too hard for the LORD.”

Want More?

I’d love for us to chat about how God longs to lavish you with life to the full! This Wednesday night, Multnomah publishing is hosting a live stream webcast just for you. It sounds really techy, but all you have to do is type livestream.com/waterbrookmultnomah

into your web browser at the appropriate time for your time zone, and voila, you’re in.  I’ll be giving away books and other goodies. I can’t wait to see you there.

 

68 Responses to Do You Believe God?

  1. Jehrica November 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    NOTHING is too hard for OUR LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!! Because HE IS THE ONLY GOD, THE KING OF kings, and THE LORD OF lords!

  2. Rachael November 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord – Praise God

  3. Kay Small November 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    NOTHING is too hard for the Lord! Praise God for this reminder!

  4. char November 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Praise Him!! nothing nothing is too hard for the Lord!

  5. Darlene Myles November 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    A year ago my husband wanted to purchase a new farm tractor. After the trade-in, we would be financing $80,000.00 (Canadian) worth of tractor. I did not want to do this but with much prayer – and making my husband wait on me until I had heard from The Lord, God said to me, “It is not too big for God”. So I gave my husband my blessing to make the purchase. Now a year later – the first payment of almost $13,000.00 was due yesterday and we did not have the money. I have held fast to God’s promise all year. Last week, one of the GIG devotionals encouraged me to keep holding fast to His promise. Today I was again encouraged when I read, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?”
    I am waiting for my big miracle – without fear and anxiety – because I know He is faithful to keep His promises. Thanks for the Word of encouragement today!

    • Getrude Sawadye November 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      Darlene, be encouraged and hold fast onto The Lord. 2 years ago I was faced with a challenge to either doubt God and allow fear to rule over me or to just hold fast onto God. I can testify that The answer to my need came with an overflow, God not only provided for my need he did beyond my expectations. God supplied my financial need at the time and even supplied more so that I had more than I needed. I thank God for giving me the strength to hold fast onto his promises which in turn allowed me to see him come through. The bible tells us that the will of God will never take us where his grace can not sustain us. Remember Mary and Martha when Lazarus was dead in their eyes they were tempted to be bitter and give up on God but in God’s eyes Lazarus was being renewed and so was Martha and Mary’s faith in The Lord. Lazarus was resurrected, so will your finances and your every need met. Hold fast and trust in The Lord. Faith is the substance. Faith is the strongest currency. In Jesus’ name may you receive your miracle today. Amen.

  6. Kathryn Van Dorp November 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    I believe that God will heal our daughter with Down Syndrome of her wrong thoughts and that He will restore our relationship with her again in His time! Hallelujah Lord! Nothing is impossible with God!

    • Dianne November 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      I believe with you Kathryn! Nothing is impossible with GOD!!

  7. beckey November 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    NOTHING is too hard for the LORD!!

  8. Lydia November 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    NOTHING is too hard for the LORD! Thank You Jesus for reminding me!

  9. Cynthia November 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    No! Nothing is too hard for our Lord. Absolutely nothing! Though situations may tell a different story but God’s words are last.

  10. Kathy November 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the LORD! AMEN!

  11. Tammy November 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    I’ve been struggling a lot this weekend with health issues and go for more tests today, so I appreciate your devotional this morning. I do know that nothing is too hard for the Lord and that ALL things work together for good, but when we are afraid, the devil really uses that against us/me. Sometimes, I feel like the father in Mark 9 that “said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief”. It’s so much easier to say than to put into practice. Please pray that they do not find any cancer in my tests. I have a lot more living and loving that I’d like to do before I see my Saviors face, but I continue to pray, not my will, but thine be done. Thanks Sharon for being a vessel.
    Tammy

    • Getrude Sawadye November 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      Tammy, According to Isaiah 53 v 5 you are healed of any ailment. Jesus paid the price. May the tests come back as the receipt for your clean health bill for Jesus paid it all. Trust in The Lord. He is a faithful God. Be blessed sister. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

  12. Salaam November 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for God; healing and complete restoration from compulsive overeating and food addiction is possible through God; my nieces having a bright future and happiness and wholeness as holy women is not too hard for God; reconcilation of marriage and emotional connection with my husband is not too hard for God. I wish each of you to be strengthened in your belief. And ask God to help my unbelief. Thanks for the devotional today; awesome.

  13. Elaine Tomasello November 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    NOTHING – Nothing is too hard for the LORD! HALLELUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD!!

  14. Shatita November 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    “Nothing is too hard for the LORD.” I truly believe in God Almighty and that he can do anything as long as I believe in him.

  15. Crystal November 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    NOTHING is too hard for the LORD! He will guide and direct! Amen!

  16. Linda November 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord!!

    Believing God to save, deliver and set my son free to live the life He has ordained for him before he was formed in my womb.
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  17. Sara November 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    “Nothing is too hard for the LORD!”

  18. Kim November 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    PRAISE GOD FOR YOUR MINISTRY!! This was exactly what I needed to help me push through the last few weeks in this semester.

    God said it I believe it —NOTHING IS TO HARD FOR GOD !!!!

  19. Nellie November 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for God!!!!

    They don’t know what kind of cancer he has, but I believe he will be HEALED

    Nothing is too hard for God!!!!

    I no longer have my own house or car, In 2013 I will get an upgrade from the car and house I lost

    Nothing is too hard for God!!!!

    I want to get married and have a wedding but don’t have any money, I will be married with not only the wedding of my dreams but the marriage blessed, purposed, and orchestrated by GOD!

    Nothing is too hard for GOD!!!!

  20. Dinora Cardona November 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord!!!

  21. Brenda L November 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the LORD!

  22. Amma S. November 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord!
    He will provide.

  23. J.T. November 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the LORD—-i firmly belive this!!!

  24. Yei Williams November 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord!!! God is awesome and is worthy to be praised!!! Thank God for His promises.

  25. Nancy Beneteau November 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR THE LORD! I can do anything as long as I seek in The Lord before I do it. He is what is pulling me through this latest twist that has been thrown at me. I don’t know where else to get strength and courage to go forward.

  26. Victoria November 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    NOTHING is too hard for the LORD!

  27. Sharon Lopez-Ross November 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Dear Sharon,
    Thanks so very much for giving to us daily, as we strive to press on toward the mark of the high calling of Jesus our Christ! I read about your experiences as a child and how you overcame the same family obstacles that I survived as well. This is a true witness to all, that the condition and situation that we find ourselves in, does not mark us for life, because of
    the love that God has extended to us through HIS son, Jesus! Through your testimony, I
    was able to forgive my father for causing confusion in our home with his drinking, and his
    violent nature afterwards. Today, at my school.( I am a teacher), I was faced with a tremendous challenge, but reading todays nuggets on faith, and believing, I know that
    God will keep me through it all! Thanks again, dear sister in Christ! Sharon Lopez-Ross

  28. Sara Lewis November 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Nothing is to hard for the LORD!

    “Worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.
    Stress says the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace towards others, or our tight grip of control.
    Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it’s okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we’ve been forgiven, that our lives are brief … and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small, indeed.”

    ? Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

  29. Getrude Sawadye November 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for The Lord. Thank you Jesus.

  30. Dianne November 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    NOTHING, is too hard for the LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Cindy Williamson November 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    “Nothing is too hard for the LORD”

  32. Denise Johnson November 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    Sharon, thank you for allowing God to use you in such a mighty way. When I read your encouraging words that there is nothing to hard for God. It gave me so much hope, because I truly believe that there is nothing to hard for God but sometimes we need to be reminded. I have been divorced for 18 years and I don’t desire to grow old by myself so I’m trusting God for my husband to find me. I get lonely sometime but I know I need to wait on his timing so again thank you and God Bless you.

  33. June Sims Simbih November 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

    Whatever problems I am experiencing now I believe and have faith that God will give me wisdom and strength to deal with it… “Nothing is too hard for the LORD.” Amen

  34. Debbie November 27, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Nothing is to hard for The Lord our God. Amen

  35. Maryann November 27, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    “Nothing is too hard for the LORD”

  36. Caroline November 27, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    Indeed ! Nothing is ever too hard for our Lord. Praise be to him always for the promises he has kept for us.

  37. Brittany November 27, 2012 at 3:10 am #

    Nothing is too hard for the LORD

  38. Kathy November 27, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord! Hallelujah!

  39. Ljefferies November 27, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    I’m dancing with the one who made me and I’m following his lead!

  40. Nina November 27, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    Indeed! That Nothing is too hard for the Lord!!

  41. Elba Saez November 27, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord.! – after lossing everything to a fire in my house, the Lord has blessed me with a new apartment …and I know he will also provide my new beds for my kids and me as well – – just because I believe HIM. SHELAH

  42. Alice November 27, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    i am affraid that i will not be usefull in the place where God has placed me to work for Him!! because i feel so weak.. but “nothing is too hard for the Lord” when i am weak, He is strong! Amen

    • Pat December 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      Alice,
      I have been in your shoes with a new job that I didn’t feel qualified for, but felt it was where He wanted me. With every breath I prayed that he would speak through me and work through me. With every encounter with emplyees or clients I breathed a prayer.
      I knew I was nothing without His hand to guide me, but with Him, the work became a blessing to many. Trust He is using the skills He gave you for this purpose.

      God bless you,
      Pat

  43. Camille November 27, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord!

  44. julie November 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR THE LORD! All THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD!!

  45. Kate November 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Praying in faith today for restoration and reconcilliation. God worked a true miracle before and am believing in his faithfulness.

  46. Machelle November 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the LORD! Amen

  47. Grace November 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the LORD!!
    Seek His Kingdom first………Matthew 6:33

  48. Candace November 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord.

  49. Amanda November 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I’m letting God lead! 🙂
    I receive your daily devotions via email and I truly love them. Thank you and God bless!
    -Amanda

  50. Janice November 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    “Nothing is too hard for the LORD.”

  51. Nancy November 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    I am letting Jesus take the lead!!

  52. Billy November 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    I’m letting Jesus lead!

  53. Asta November 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Nothing is too hard for the Lord! Thank you, Father God! I believe your Word!

  54. Amberly November 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Nothing is to hard for the LORD! Whew!

  55. Amberly November 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    ABSOLUTELY nothing is too hard for the LORD!! Whew! Selah.

  56. Amberly November 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    I’m letting Jesus lead (finally) 🙂 !!

  57. Vilisi November 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Most times I don’t struggle with believing that God can do anything. The area that is challenging is when the prayer is not answered and I struggle to believe again. It’s been a learning process, painful at times, to continue to trust in God’s wisdom and goodness and to learn to appreciate that a ‘no’ from God is also a wonderful answer. 🙂

  58. Jan November 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR THE LORD !!!!!********************************
    I AM LETTING JESUS LEAD , FINALLY !!
    AMEN AND AMEN

  59. Nicole November 29, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    I WANT Jesus to take the lead in my dancing through life!

  60. Lillie November 29, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    “I’m letting Jesus lead.”

  61. Belinda December 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Absolutely, NOTHING is too hard for the Lord: seek first the Kingdom…and he will give you everything you need. I continue to seek God and His will….I am confident He will give me everthing I need according to His will. God has the power to heal my daughter, to save my son-in-law and to provide employment, a home and all that I need. AMEN! Praise God!!!

  62. ester December 4, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Dear Sharon,

    Thank you for inspiring devotions..You so sooo real and so practical..Yes I want to dance with Jesus and let Him steer me..

    I also pray that I sincerely believe that Nothing is too hard for Him..Doubts and fears want to get a hold…but Thank you for your encouragement..God Bless your ministry

  63. Shannon December 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Sharon, I just read your women of Christmas devotion this morning. For almost a year now, my husband and I have been in the spiritual battle of our lives and shamefully I say neither one of us was prepared. Satan hit us in the one area we said we would never go to, adultery. Mine emotional, his physical. For a year the other woman has had him wrapped up in a web of deceit and lies and now he has filed for divorce. I have been praying and praying for the restoration of my marriage and for his return to salvation (you see we were in song ministry together) He is now out of the house, papers have been filed and mercifully God blocked the first court date. Your devotion was an encouragement to me today. I was the first to fall from grace and the first to return. Please help me pray that my husband will be restored to the center of God’s will, that our marriage will be restored and that God will use this time in our lives to encourage and heal others. Thank you.

  64. cindy December 13, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    Nothing is too hard for the lord.amen trusting that he has plans for me.widow of five yrs now seeking gods direction for my health and a future.A career which only god can show me is right and help me to know what is his will for my future.trusting the lord and taking one day at a time,Lord that all Im asking from you.love to read your post so encouraging and very much needed your are a blessing,thank you love and blessings to all

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