Become What You Believe
There is a story in Matthew 9:27-31 (New King James Version Bible) where two blind men were following Jesus and crying out, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when Jesus went into His home, the blind men followed Him inside. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” They answered, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be unto you.” And their eyes were opened …” Now I want to recount the last portion of this story from (The Message Bible). Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe I can do this?” They said, “Why, yes, Master!” He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” It happened. They saw. The NKJV uses the words, “According to your faith, let it be unto you.” and The Message Bible uses the words, “Become what you believe.” In my opinion these different versions of the same story gives us a clear picture of what is needed to receive a miracle from the Lord. A person will RECEIVE ACCORDING TO THEIR FAITH, and they will BECOME WHAT THEY BELIEVE.
According to The Message Bible, Jesus asked the two blind men, “Do you really believe I can do this?” There in that question lies our challenge to receiving anything from God. First, we have to really believe He is able and willing to meet our need, and if so, we become what we believe. If we study the miracles Jesus performed in the New Testament we will soon discover this is pretty much the same prescription he used to meet all the needs of the people. All of the people who came to Him knew that He was able to meet their need, but some of them had to ask Him if He was willing to meet their need. There is a difference between being able, and being willing. Faith is not believing God is able, faith is believing God will. When we come to the Lord knowing He will meet our needs we give Him something to work with, and our needs are met. Just knowing He is able does not provide Him with the material He needs to provide our miracle. Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So we see faith is a substance, and without the substance of faith, or knowing God will, we give God nothing to work with to meet our need. Now let me bring this idea closer to home using money as our substance. If we desire to purchase an item from a shopkeeper; money is the substance we use to receive it. No money, no purchase. The shopkeeper will not grant our request for a needed item unless we have the necessary substance to trade for it. Things work the same way in the kingdom of heaven where faith is the substance of value. If we have no faith, our needs go unmet.
When Jesus asked the two blind men, “Do you really believe I can do this?” He was really asking them, “Do you have the substance needed for you to receive your sight?” They replied, “Yes.” Or, in other words, they traded the faith they had for their eye sight. Now you might be wondering, “How much faith does it take to receive a miracle from God?” Most people will tell you it takes great faith, or a hugh amount of faith to receive a need met the doctor can’t fix; but that kind of thinking is erronious. Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, (NKJV) “If you have faith the size of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing shall be impossible for you.” When Jesus used the word “mountain” in the above scripture, He was indicating the biggest problem we might encounter in life, and when He used the word “mustard seed” He was telling us the smallest amount of faith will move the biggest mountain of a problem. And in case you don’t know how big a mustard seed is; “It the smallest of all seeds,” but when the plant grows up, it becomes bigger than all other herbs of the fields, and large enough for the birds of the air to nest in. (Matthew 13:31-32)
If you need material things trade your money for it, but you will have to find the substance called faith if you want to receive anything from God. Hebrews 11:6 “For without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” The writer of Hebrews is telling us in this scripture that your money is no good in heaven. If you want to receive anything from God, you will have to trade the substance called faith to receive it. And if we don’t have any, we are not pleasing to God who has made it readily available to all of His children. But if we don’t have any, he is telling us how to get it. We get faith by diligently seeking God who rewards us, or who gives us the substance out of which faith is made. Jesus also tells us if we are wise we will pursue the things of God. What He is essentially telling us is to build up our faith account, or get the substance that we can trade for our miracle when emergencies show up unexpectedly. If we trust in the Lord even a little bit, God uses the little bit of faith we have to meet our needs. Therefore, the substance called faith is extremely valuable. It not only works in heaven, but here on earth as well. Gold and silver will only purchase material blessings, but they are not spendable in heaven where faith is the currency. So if we are going to spend our time seeking a fortune; let it be a fortune of faith, and not gold. God Bless, and have a wonderful day in the Lord. DThrash
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