Believe with Expectation
by Richard A. Cox Jr , Author of I, We, Us: A Journey of Personal Growth and Development
“Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief ” Mark 9:24 (KJV)
The New Testament is filled with examples of those who solidly believed that Jesus Christ was the prophesied Messiah. One example was the woman with an issue of blood in Mark 5:26-34. She had been in search of healing for twelve long years. Spending all her money, her condition grew worse.
One day, with an attitude of faith and expectation, she hears about Jesus passing her way. The woman’s goal was to just touch the hem of Jesus garment. Her belief, in only a simple touch, made her whole. Some in Biblical times believed in Jesus based upon His profound teachings. Others believed in Jesus based upon the shocking miracles He performed right before their eyes.
Even today, there are Christians that go to church each Sunday and confess belief in the Living God - up to a point. God does not want partial belief but total belief in Him as Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. Our ability to believe is the fundamental cornerstone of our Christian faith. Our belief in Jesus Christ motivates us to live a Christian lifestyle, holy and pleasing to Him. Romans 10:10 (KJV) says, “with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” This means our heart’s belief is a heart response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Belief means trust, to accept as true, to expect, to place confidence in, or to have a firm persuasion. Jesus tells us in John 14:1 (KJV) “let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me.” He wants us to believe His character, ability, and purpose, as a person worthy of our entire confidence. Jesus desires that we believe His promises are wholly trustworthy. Our belief is tied to our attitude of expectation. Look forward to the promises Jesus has given us as believers. Psalm 62:5(KJV) says, “my soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him.” We must firmly believe and expect with confidence that God will fulfill every promise He’s made to us.
Until fulfillment is manifested in our lives, we should show expectation by speaking what the Word of God says, with thanksgiving in our hearts. Colossians 2:7 (KJV) says, “rooted and being built up in him, and being established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” By thanking God, we demonstrate that we humbly expect an answer from Him. Keep thanking God until belief in God’s promises becomes reality.
Saints, it takes endurance to trust God to bring forth your answer. Don’t stop believing that God will save your spouse, that God will save your children, that God will give you a job promotion, etc. Hebrews 10:36 (KJV) declares, “you have need of endurance, that, doing the will of God, you should receive the promise.” Hold on! Don’t let go of your belief in the promises God has made to you. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Hebrew 13:15 (KJV) says, “through Him, then, let us offer the sacrifices of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips confessing to His name.” The fruit of our lips says what the Bible says, there should be agreement with the Word of God - this is the sacrifice of praise we are exhorted to continually give God.
Our belief, with an attitude of expectation, will be seen through our speech, actions, talk and walk. God desires us to “hold fast” to His promises, not just keep up appearances for others. He wants us to be steadfast in our confession without wavering. God promised it and when God promises something, it is guaranteed.
If you are expecting the worst to happen, sooner or later you are going to confess it. Whatever you expect will come out in your confession. But if you expect the best to happen, sooner or later, it is going to come out in your conversation. We must rely on God’s Word to be sufficient.
Colossians 2:6 (KJV) says, “as you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Let the confession from our lips agree with the Word of God. Our expectation is connected to our belief in the Living God and His Word; not in the uncertainty of riches, not in our circumstances, nor in our tremendous ability to earn a living.
As we wait for God to manifest blessings in our lives, believe with an attitude of expectation. God will fulfill His promises in your life; just expect it to come to pass.
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Are you releasing God's Power in your life?
by Richard A. Cox Jr. Author of I, We, Us: A Journey of Personal Growth and Development
There is so much work that needs to be done to win souls for Jesus Christ. God wants us to release the power He has given us to assist and help people in our churches, schools, and communities. As Christians, we have something to offer others because God has given all of us different gifts and talents to share.
As Christians, we are empowered by the Holy Ghost, the Comforter that Jesus promised to give to us. In Acts 1:8 (KJV) it says,” but ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” It is encouraging realizing the Spirit of God is with us and works through us when we share our talents with others.
After the disciples received the power of the Holy Ghost, they used their belief and faith in Jesus Christ to pray for the sick, cast out devils, etc. God has given us that same power to help minister to others. We learn through fasting and praying how to release different dimensions of God’s power in our lives.
One day Peter and John were going to the temple to prayer when they stopped at the gate of the temple that is called Beautiful. They saw a crippled beggar asking people for money. Peter told the beggar in Acts 3:6(KJV) “...silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give thee: in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”. Instead of giving the beggar money, they helped the man by releasing the power of healing for him to walk. The healing of the crippled beggar was living proof of the power of Jesus. God wants to use us as his vessels on earth to minister to people.
In 1 Peter 4:10 (KJV) it says, “as each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” God has given all of us a gift or gifts to use to up build the kingdom of God. We must pray to God to discern how we can release the power that God has within us. Releasing God’s power in our lives is a process that develops as we grow and mature in the gifts that God has given us. If we want to experience the fullness of life we must allow God’s power to be released through us.
Each of us can release God’s power in practical ways in our lives by:
- Working in the church using our natural gift and talents that we use on our jobs.
- Looking for opportunities to volunteer and join groups that are helping people in any way.
- Becoming involved in a mentoring or tutoring program that reaches out to young people.
- Speaking to let people know you care and they are loved.
- Having a positive presence permeates the peace and joy of the Lord.
- Laying on of hands for the sick, a hearty handshake or a gently hug for encouragement and motivation to bless people.
- Tangibly giving to people, whether it is food, clothing or an offering to bless and encourage others
There are so many benefits we can receive by learning to release the power of God in our lives. By giving our gifts and talents, we can experience feelings of joy, satisfaction, fulfillment, contentment and blessing. We should learn how to focus our attention on others rather than ourselves. God has a way of resolving our problems as we are helping others with our gifts.
If we chose not to release our gifts we will slowly find ourselves becoming unfocused, and visionless. We will find that everything seems vague, not significant, and directionless in things pertaining to our lives.
Satan wants to entangle us and destroy us from fully using our talents for God. Jesus spoke to Peter in Luke 22:31,32 (KJV) and said, “Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.” Jesus prayed for Peter so he could operate in faith and use his gift again.
In Luke 11:11-13 (NKJV) it shows how we need to find practical ways to minister to others. It says “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for a egg, will you offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know who to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give you the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” We must learn to use practical applications of the Word of God that will have a spiritual impact on the lives of others.
When you start the process of releasing the power of God in your life, you will need to build upon it for ministry, service and growth in your Christian character. These are stepping-stones to developing Christian character and a blessed and productive life.
Let us not leave our talents and gifts wrapped in a silver box. Take them out and use them. Admiring what God has just done for you is good, but it will soon be time to put your new level of functioning to use in the real world.
The Spirit of God will talk control of your mind, body, mouth, entire being if you will allow it. We must allow God to take control of our life. It takes a release on our part to allow the miracles of God to flourish in our life. You can have healing, prosperity, success, and wondrous miracles every moment of your life if you stand faithful in God’s divine power. God cares so much for us that He gives us the authority to use the name of Jesus. A miracle does not have to only consist of things such a blind eye restored, but a miracle can be a smile, a handshake, or a softly spoken “good morning! how are you?”
We are vessels and God wants to pour His Spirit upon us filling us to overflowing with the greatness of His love. Humble yourself before the Lord so that He can operate in you by His Holy Spirit. There is power in the name of Jesus. God has exalted Him and given Him a name that is above every name. There is power in the name of Jesus and through it we can overcome all things. It says in 1 John 4:4 (KJV) “ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
In summary, you will find that the power of God comes from believing in Him, which enables us to overcome our shortcomings and our difficulties and brings release and victory into our lives. We will receive results in our lives when we apply and practice the principles found in the Word of God. In Mark 9:23 (KJV) “…. if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” God is the one with the power and the ability. Believing is the action that we need to provide for God’s power to be released in our lives.
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