Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
It’s very easy in the Christian life ‑ the more and more you are exposed to the Word ‑ to mentally assent or agree to the truths that you hear day in and day out without actually believing it for you personally. You’ll go along for awhile and through a few weeks, months and years being nagged or harassed with certain continual issues and find out you aren’t really believing anything. It’s almost like you’re hoping those nagging issues will soon disappear. You’re kind of waiting or expecting God to move in your situation and you know He can but you’ve not ever established your trust or belief that He will do it for you. You’ve never diligently sought out a promise of our covenant or fact of our redemption.
Some say, “Well you know, God’s sovereign and He can do anything He wants, whenever He wants and wherever He wants, and I wouldn’t want to be so arrogant to presume on God.” Pardon me if I offend your delicate sensibilities but that is passivity. Passivity means: offering no opposition or resistance; being influenced without exerting influence; being acted upon without acting; to be inactive or taking no active part; to be inert; yielding. Faith is not passive but active and based on knowledge not presumption (an idea taken to be true or what seems true, that causes you to take upon yourself more than is warranted).
Thank God for the sovereignty of God, but that type of thinking will make you a product of “whatever will be, will be” thinking and without much dominion or control over your destiny. The Bible doesn’t say the just shall live by sovereignty it says the just shall live by faith. We must actively and on purpose believe God’s Word because God already moved in grace and we have a covenant with Him. The covenant restores initiative to us and we take that initiative by purposely acting by faith. Initiative is defined as: the action of taking the first step; the responsibility for beginning; the right to introduce something; the ability to think or act without being urged; to start or initiate movement. Since grace is a finished work and complete work all that is left is our response of faith. God moved in grace and now it is up to us to move in faith.
We can sometimes be passively waiting for God to do something but He is waiting on us to believe something. It is BELIEVING that:
Makes all things Possible Mark 9:23.
2. Brings the Power of God Romans 1:16.
3. Manifests the Promises of God Romans 4:16-23.
4. Receives the Perfect salvation of God Romans 10:9, 10.
5. Fills us with the Peace of God Romans 15:13