There are times in life where we literally have to decide whether we are going to stand or lie down. Whether we are going to take hold of what God has said about our lives and circumstances or whether we will be moved by what we can see in the natural.
Smiths Wigglesworth a famous evangelist and preacher who saw amazing miracles of healing and salvations and whom God used to raise 14 people from the dead said, “I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am moved only by what I believe”. He chose to believe only what God said rather than the circumstances in front of him.
To be able to stand and to believe for the seemingly impossible like that we have to know what God’s will is because that is where faith and trust begins. Meaning we can only be moved by what God says rather than be moved by way we see in the natural and the circumstances around us. If we allow ourselves to be constantly swayed by what we see before us we will more often than not live in fear and doubt, being buffeted about by every fresh wave of opinion, hearsay and popular thought.
Instead God wants us to “feed our faith and starve our doubts” (Kenneth Hagin), and to stay out of getting bogged down in the details of how this or that is going to happen. The “how” of the details is God’s concern and if we meddle in them it usually only serves to feed our doubts and fear that what God has said is impossible. When God simply wants us to feed our faith by spending time with Him, by studying His word and His promises, and to then choose to trust, speak out and believe in what He has said. He and the angels take care of the rest.
We all get to choose – will I feed my doubts or feed my faith? Will I stand on what God has spoken or will I be moved and intimidated by what I can see in the natural realms?
Everyday we have to make that choice because when we invite Jesus into our life and choose to follow Him and His way of doing life we have before us the decision to either keep walking in the flesh and the world’s perspective or to walk in the spirit and the realms of the supernatural and God’s way of doing things. (Galatians 5:16-17)
Living God’s way (or walking in the Spirit) is completely opposite to walking in the natural. When we journey through life with Jesus He starts to show us things in the realms of heaven; we start to have supernatural things revealed to us; God’s will and purpose and His word open up to us, and what is written in our book in heaven.
“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.” (Psalm 139:16)
“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
But if we don’t stand on what God says and reveals to us then all this doesn’t matter and won’t change or impact our lives. Our doubts and fears will override any revelation, belief or trust in God and more often than not what He wants to do in and through our lives.
Smith Wigglesworth said, – “Fear looks; faith jumps. Faith never fails to obtain its object. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you, but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible.”
Faith gets us to the place where we laugh at the impossible because all things become possible for those who believe. (Mark 9:23)
Today I encourage you to doubt your doubts, to stay out of the details and to let God handle them, and to take hold of the promises in God’s word and what He has spoken and revealed to you. Then get up and stand! Stand and keep resolutely standing and declaring what He has said until you obtain what He has promised you.
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:12)
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been with him?” “From childhood,” he said. It often throws him into the fire or into the water, trying to kill him. If you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” If you can?” echoed Jesus. “All things are possible to him who believes!”…(Mark 9:21-23)
Prayer: Lord I choose to stand today. To stand and not be moved by what I see in the natural, but only by what you say and what I believe. Through faith and patience I inherit the promises today. In Jesus name Amen.