The Apostle John (an apostle is an eye-witness of Jesus’ resurrection) wrote: “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4). Maybe some of you are not quite there yet. You have questions, criticisms, or are skeptical about faith in Jesus. I would recommend, The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel, More than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell, The Reason for God, by Timothy Keller, or The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, by Norman Geisler to get your questions answered and to see the reasons for faith. But, if you want to remain in doubt, you can. At the end of the day, one needs to simply say: “I’m in.” “I surrender my limited reason and knowledge to you. I ask that you would be gracious to me since I am a sinner.” It is God who sent His Son into the world to give you love. He gave you grace when He put His Son on the cross to forgive you of your unbelief.
Maybe some of you believe in Jesus, but you have not made that personal. The Apostle Paul says that believers in Jesus are “being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor. 3:18). Earlier in my life, I had not yet made my faith in Jesus living and personal. I had to get honest with myself. I was not really living out my faith in Jesus. And my faith in Jesus was not grounded upon anything. I wasn’t even sure if He really rose from the dead. Once I saw the evidence for the resurrection which I could not disprove, my life changed. I was in.
Once you get in by a saving and living faith, this faith also moves mountains. Jesus said: “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:22-24).
We think that we can control so many things by our talents and relationship abilities and skills. We can allow anxiety and paranoia to creep in. We can have fear of the future, fear of others, and fear of what others are thinking of us. Typically, people that are over-competent will be tempted to trust in their own abilities rather then trust in God. However, Jesus gives us an invitation today to trust Him wholeheartedly and not doubt. He invites us to believe that what we ask for will come to pass. Psalm 91 says: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
There is power in positive thinking. But, how much more power is there in optimistically trusting in an all-powerful and all-loving God? How about you kick doubt and fear to the curb? And, why not replace it with joy, peace, and a certain hope?
Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
(Also, I recommend watching the Movie: War Room.)