Positive Faith Leads to Powerful Results

  How many fictional characters with superhuman powers can you name? Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Hulk, and the list goes on. Why so many? Could it be human beings have an innate desire to display power beyond our own abilities?

This is one of the reasons God’s Word is so exciting. It’s filled with references to God’s power on behalf of His people. According to scripture, personal faith is the key to personal power. For example, Abraham didn’t waver through unbelief concerning God’s promise. Instead he was strengthened in his faith because he was persuaded that God had the power to do what He had promised. (Romans 4:20-21)

It seems to me there are three kinds of faith.                                                                                                   

  • No Faith – to ignore or to deny the validity of God’s power. This choice is not an option for anyone who wants to know God and live a life of faith.
  • Pseudo Faith – to consent God is omnipotent, but fail to appropriate His power in one’s own life.  A person chooses this option for one of three reasons: unbelief, lack of understanding, or unconfessed sin. Pseudo faith can not experience the full and abundant life Jesus promises  in John 10:10.
  • Positive Faith – to choose affirmative faith, which is our most effective weapon against the enemy’s attempts to derail our trust in God. Why? Because it focuses on the power of God and His Word and not appearances or circumstances. 

God is going to continue to allocate His power for His divine purpose. That’s His M.O.! How His power affects us has to do with the kind of faith we exercise. Consider the story of Pharaoh and the Israelites in Exodus, chapters 3-14. God used His supernatural power over and over again to prove to both these entities *who He was and *what he planned to do for and through His people. 

God’s short-term purpose was to deliver His people from bondage. His long-term purpose was to preserve the biblical lineage and promise of the coming Messiah. His ultimate purpose was to pave the way to the cross for us. When God exerts His power, it’s always for His planned purpose.

In Exodus 9:17, we find God’s words to Pharaoh, “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” God used His power in a stubborn non-believer, with no faith at all in order to proclaim His name in all the earth.

Can you imagine how He will empower the person who loves Him and is open to the Holy Spirit’s work in his/her life? Think what He will do through one who has positive faith! To Pharaoh, God’s statement was a death sentence. But what if He said this very same thing specifically to you and to me? “(put in your name), I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” We’d not only enlist, we’d have Josh Groban singing You Raise Me Up at our commissioning service.

Are you ready for God to work His power in your life for His purpose? His miracles today may not be packaged the way they were in Moses’ day, or even in Jesus’ time. But He does have a plan for you that will glorify Him, challenge you to greater heights, and reward you with the peace, purpose, and fulfillment you crave. That’s a promise!

“. . . My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . ” II Corinthians 12:9b

(Check out the Crumbs section for other promises to claim, an admonition from The Shack, and steps to lead us to positive faith and powerful results.)


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