So…If believing a lie empowers the enemy, does believing God empower Him? That is the question I have been pondering and praying about today. Frankly, the initial thought that my belief or unbelief would affect God’s power is a bit hard for me to swallow. It’s hard for me to go to a place where I believe that I have any control over God’s power. Doesn’t that sound
a bit, a lot blasphemous? I could affect the power of the creator of the Universe by whether or not I believe? The statement that spurred this pondering was, “When we believe in God, we empower the Holy Spirit and the angels to bring about His will.” That is a pretty bold statement isn’t it?
It isn’t nearly as big of a stretch for me to believe I can empower Satan by believing a lie. All sorts of chaos breaks out when he gets us to believe lies. Trust is broken, relationships fall apart, wars break out…all sorts of nasty stuff happens that needed us to believe a lie in order to manifest. What about fear? I can agree with the statement that “if we believe something is going to go wrong, we have given our faith to the enemy.” If the enemy can get me to live my life from a place of fear, he can wreak all sorts of havoc in my life and those around me. He can even make me physically sick if I live in a place of fear long enough. Isn’t anxiety a manifestation of fear? Live in an anxious state for very long and you’re gonna develop some health consequences.
Okay, back to the original thought…Am I really able to empower the Holy Spirit and the angels? Does my faith actually empower the Creator of the Universe?
He sure didn’t need my faith in order to create the Universe. I wasn’t there when He set this world in motion. I wasn’t there when He hung the stars. I wasn’t there when He formed me and wove me together. I wasn’t there when He wrote all my days in His book. And what about the praise He deserves? He clearly said that even if we keep quiet about Him, the rocks with cry out. Doesn’t sound to me like the Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent God needs my help. How on earth would my faith empower a God like that?
BUT, what do you do with the stories where people did petition God and He changed His mind like in Exodus 32:9-14? What do you do with scriptures about faith where it is quite obvious a person’s faith was the deciding factor in what God did? You know, like moving mountains with a mustard seed of faith. Scriptures of God’s healing being the direct result of a person’s faith (Matthew 15:28 and Matthew 9:2) I’m sure there are many more examples.
This one is going to take a lot more prayer and study for me to work thru in my mind. I know without faith I cannot please God. I know without faith I have no hope to do anything that God has planned for me to do as in John 14:12.
Maybe this is one of those things I am looking at thru the wrong lens. I’ve had a lot of things come up like this lately that don’t make sense to my mind when I look at them from a physical, human standpoint, but if you look at them with spiritual eyes they make perfect sense. It doesn’t make sense to ask for humility and boldness in the same prayer unless you look at it from a spiritual standpoint. It doesn’t make sense to ask God to remove pride from your life and then ask Him to give you greater confidence in your role as a daughter of the King unless you realize what is controlling the pride and what you are asking for in spiritual terms.
I do know one thing for sure right now. God gave us free will. God invited us to be a part of His Kingdom. He invited us to play a vital and important role in our world of influence that only we can play. He gave us a commission. He gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us and empower us and lead our steps. He planned for us to partner with Him in the world we live in. He gave us the ability to live by faith or not. He made promises to us that require faith for them to be manifest in our lives.
This is one of those times I’d love for you to ponder along with me because this one is much bigger than I can ponder alone.