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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 FULLY PERSUADED by David Wilkerson

Abraham did not stagger in his faith. Rather, he was “fully persuaded that, what [God] had promised, He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:21). He recognized that God is able to work with nothing. Indeed, our Lord creates out of a void. Consider the Genesis account: Out of nothing, God created the world. With just a single word, He creates. And He can create miracles for us—out of nothing.

When all else fails—when your every plan and scheme has been exhausted—that is the time for you to cast everything onto God. It is time for you to give up all confidence in finding deliverance anywhere else. Then, once you are ready to believe, you are to see God not as a potter who needs clay, but as a Creator who works from nothing. And out of nothing that is of this world or its materials, God will work in ways you never could have conceived.

How serious is the Lord about our believing Him in the face of impossibilities?

We find the answer to this question in the story of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. Zacharias was visited by an angel who told him that his wife, Elisabeth, would give birth to a special child. But Zacharias—who was advanced in years, like Abraham—refused to believe it. God’s promise alone was not enough for him.

Zacharias answered the angel, “[How] shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years” (Luke 1:18). Simply put, Zacharias considered the impossibilities. He was saying, “This isn’t possible. You’ve got to prove to me how it will happen.” It didn’t sound reasonable.

Zacharias’ doubts displeased the Lord. The angel told him, “Behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season” (1:20).

The message is clear: God expects us to believe Him when He speaks. Likewise, Peter writes: “Let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19, my italics).

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 Re: FULLY PERSUADED by David Wilkerson

"How serious is the Lord about our believing Him in the face of impossibilities?"

[My conviction and understanding is,] God will not do His work where there is no faith. You see it again and again in Jesus' ministry, that those whom Jesus healed, that they had faith He could do it.
"..Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." the leper in Mark 8:2b

And I am sure that I have missed many a blessing because of unbelief, thinking my Father to be limited - what an fleshly thought.

Matthew 13:58 - And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

John 20:29 - Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight:

I wonder what would happen, if we all came to the point where we absolutely believed in the omnipotence of our Holy Creator. Of course, it doesn't help much to fantasize, but I encourage and pray for you, brothers and sisters, to pursue God with reckless abandon, having 'abundant faith in all things'.

with love


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