“God keeps His Promises, but we must decide to believe them.” –Ciara Lilly
There are thousands of promises that God made to us. Promises of prosperity, promises of wisdom, promises of guidance, promises of provision, promises of unconditional love, promises of grace and mercy, the list goes on. But how many of those promises do we actually believe? One of my favorite promises is found in Mark 9:23. It reads, “And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Notice, it doesn’t say, “All things are possible, the end.” It says, “All things are possible to him who believes.”
You have to believe
And here’s the unfortunate part, we often find it harder to believe the good things about ourselves, our future and even God.We struggle with seeing ourselves as a reflection of God’s image. We struggle with believing in ourselves and our greatness, especially when life’s circumstances have conditioned us to only expect the worse.
But the lies are easier to believe
Why is that? Because lies are comfortable; lies are familiar. And although lies require the same faith it takes to believe in the truth, some people still choose lies. There are thousands of promises that God has made to His people. Promises of prosperity, promises of wisdom, promises of guidance, promises of provision, promises of unconditional love, promises of grace and mercy, but we still believe we’re too fat. We still believe that we’ll never achieve great success because we grew up in poverty. We still believe that God is divisive and judgmental. Some people still choose the lies, but…
The promises are better
You don’t have to read the Bible every day to know that God is love. And you don’t have to sit in a church building every Sunday to know that God wants you to have life and life more abundantly. You just have to ask yourself one question, “If I believe that God is my Creator, my Father, my Mother, my Counselor, my Guide (whatever you identify God as), how would He see me? As your Creator, would God tell you that you were ugly? As your Father, would God tell you that you’re not worthy of success? As your Mother, would God tell you that you don’t deserve love? As your Counselor and Guide, would God tell you to settle for average when you destined for greatness?
The answer is… No, no, no, no, no…
We have all believed a lie, or two, or one thousand, but you can change your life by rerouting your faith. Today, you can choose to believe the good things, the promises, the truth. You can choose to evict the lies and all its guests: fear, doubt, hopelessness, despair and complacency. I promise the only thing you will lose are the shackles that have imprisoned your greatness.
Aren’t you ready to taste freedom?