BELIEVE AND SEE 24/11/2018

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Believe and See

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28, KJV).

Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:1-6

Objective: to understand the vital role of belief in the work of God.

Introduction: As Christians, we believe Jesus performed numerous miracles while He was here on earth. We believe that He rose from the dead and that His Holy Spirit is with us today. Even so, for some reason, we often doubt that Jesus works miracles today. lt’s as if we’re willing to believe in what He has done, yet remain unwilling to believe in what He can, or will, do.

God is worthy of our unconditional trust. If we must understand be-fore we follow, we place conditions on our trust. We're depending on our own abilities, not on God's provision. That's an independent spirit, not a loving relationship with our Creator. When we must see before we believe, we never see the results of faith. We must believe first, then we can see.

 Since trust is necessary for transformation, God places high value on our trust in Him. Genesis 15:6 says that Abraham believed God's promise to multiply his descendants like the stars of heaven, and God attributed his faith as righteousness. Abraham didn’t place conditions on his trust; he didn’t need to know how God would come through. Abraham even believed God's command to sacrifice Isaac, not knowing why (22:1- 3). As a result of his faith in action, Abraham saw God's miraculous intervention and fulfilled promises.

“All things work together for good,” Romans 8:28, says, “to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” When we believe God's promises, we see His miracles everywhere. If we are willing to follow His Spirit by faith, we will see things we've never seen before.

Have you ever experienced an incident in which everything seemed to line up or work out? Every traffic light turned green as you approached it. You thought, What are the odds of that happening? Despite the odds, incidents like this happen frequently enough that there’s a name for it: serendipity. Some fortuitous events may just be happy coincidences, but others may be glimpses of God at work. Would we experience moments like these more frequently if we listened and followed His Spirit more faithfully?

Though we may not recognize them at times, miracles are super-natural events; they don't occur naturally. Consequently, nonbelievers conclude that miracles are impossible. For those who believe in a super-natural God, however, miracles should not surprise us. They are simply God choosing to act, just- as we change the natural course of events when we act. God is a caring Father. We should expect Him to intervene because we have prayed, knowing that prayer is our avenue for asking Him to do so.

Scripture tells us that Jesus couldn’t do miracles in His hometown because the people wouldn’t believe (Matthew 13:53-58). They refused to trust in Jesus and in His power to transform reality, and their unbelief dismissed and suffocated His power. He was right there with them. How sad to think of what could have been, yet never was. Though God provides all we need, He leaves us with a vital responsibility: to believe in Him.

Do we believe God works miracles today? Do we believe He wants to bless us and the work He’s prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:10)? Do we believe God wants our church to be a vibrant 21st century church, transforming the lives of all those who enter her doors through the power of His Spirit? Are we willing to believe that if we follow His Spirit, we'll become that church?


Questions for Study and Discussion

1 Discuss the old saying “Seeing is believing.” John 4:48. How did Abraham’s faith (and yours) reverse that maxim to “believing is seeing”? Genesis 15:1-6; 22:1-14.

2 Examine how the story of Abraham shows the promises and conditions of Romans 8:28. What role do miracles play in all and things working together for good? :

3 What does unbelief rob us of? Matthew 1l3:53-58; Mark 15:31, 32. How would you define miracle? What d¢ Jesus’ miracles tell us about who He is?

4 What does the psalmist tell us about the importance of believing? Psalm 27:13, 14. What does he, and Jesus, say believing leads to? John 3:36.

5 Discuss Ephesians 2:8-10 and 3:20, 21, and God’s work in us. Share how faith has revealed the miraculous working of God in your life and church.

Conclusion: Miracles are God choosing to act. You already believe in God. Be willing to believe in miracles too. Then pray for God's good will, and be ready to see things you’ve never seen before as He transforms our vision of a vibrant 21st century church into our reality.

Apply This Week Take some quiet time to reflect deeply on your life and how believing God has led to recognizing His hand working all things for good.

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