Hello my dear readers! My post this evening inspired by a song that I heard unintentionally when I was in CD music store this afternoon. The song was a movie soundtrack of Prince of Egypt titled “when you believe” There is a part of the song lyric that makes me thinking and ponders something. There is a lyric in the chorus says, “There can be miracles, when you believe”
I am thinking about our life, especially in our Christian life. Belief oftentimes becomes a serious problem. We are really hard to believe when we are talking about God’s miracles. Without we realize God’s miracle often fails to happen not just because God doesn’t care or doesn’t hear our cries, but in fact caused by our doubt or disbelief. There are so many wonderful and amazing God’s promises that are able to provide the salvation assurance and the life full of victorious in this world. But sadly, when the promises not become a reality, we begin to doubtful, we begin to asking is it true God will fulfill His promises? Eventually, because of our doubts, we will blame and accuse God that He has broken His promises. This is that become the base point of the problem. Our hearts and mind shrouded by the mist of doubt. We are standing on the grey zone between believe and doubt. Whereas, the Bible has been many times affirmed that we have to brushed off doubts from our hearts, Jesus repeatedly reminded and even admonishes us to believe. But unfortunately, we often unsuccessful rid of the doubts and even worse we let the doubt continue to dominate our hearts and minds. And this problem doesn’t only happen at this time but has happened thousand years ago.
For the example let’s have a look to the story of the death of Lazarus in John 11:1-44. Martha and Mary hoped Jesus would come when Lazarus was sick. They knew that Jesus could heal their brother. But their beliefs in God just stop there. Just to heal. Martha and Mary said: “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (Verse 21, 32) Then Jesus said: “Your brother will rise again.” (Verse 23) Initially they only believe that Jesus can only heal the sick, and Jesus will raise the dead at the last day. Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (Verse 24) Where is the disbelief of Martha and Mary? They extremely believe Lazarus will rise again at the last day, but rise physically after death four days?! Their logic cannot believe it! Therefore, they were reprimanded by Jesus because due the low of human belief to the God’s Power.
“And for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe… “(Verse 15)
Then Jesus said to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (Verse 25-26) And finally Martha said that she believed (Verse 27). The story is end? No! It turns out Martha still has doubts. When Jesus came to the tomb and ordered her to open the stone, Martha said: “But, Lord, by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” (Verse 39) Martha’s logic said this was an impossible thing because Lazarus was dead four days and had bad odor. Lazarus is impossible to alive again. But behold what Jesus said: “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (Verse 40) And there was an incredible miracle. Lazarus rose again from the dead.
My beloved friends, sometimes our burden befall so heavy and it makes us cannot keep focus on faith that accompanied with full of beliefs when we ask for help through our prayer. Martha’s attitude was representing our attitude where our beliefs limited on our own logic only. Our logic couldn’t make us believe that God can do miracles and can do anything beyond our logic. Or we are in a condition want to believe but hard to believe. I am reminded a story when Jesus healed a possessed boy in Mark 9:14-24. The boy’s father said: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 NIV) The Father’s word also representing what often occurs in our lives today. “I want to believe, but please help to believe” in colloquially, this is that might always we say. So the problem is about belief in God and that’s why God’s miracle often fails to happen in our lives and we seem difficult to see God’s glory.
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief… (Matthew 17:20 KJV)
And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58 KJV)
Jesus didn’t say that the miracles will happen only to the selected people that chosen by Him specifically, depending on our turn, or depend on our good fortune. If we’re lucky we might accept God’s miracles. But briefly and so obvious God said because we are unbelief. And in other passage Jesus once again reaffirmed:
Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
(Mark 11:23 NIV)
Why we could be so hard to believe that there is no prayers that not answered by God and there is no one thing that cannot be done by Him? Well, I will answer these questions with an example based on my daily lives. Since few months ago I had a new personal secretary. I’ve known her previously but not too close. Has become my custom, I got to know very well the person who became my personal secretary. I got to know her character, personality, mindset, abilities, and even what she likes and dislikes. Why do I need to do this? In order that I could completely believe to her that she could assist me to doing my work and I could believe that she can do anything I ask. That’s why I always preserve and maintain my personal relationship stay close with her. What I did to my secretary also applies to God. How can we entirely believe to God if we don’t really know Him? How we can say love God if we don’t really know Him and don’t even have very close relationship with Him? How far do we know God will be greatly determine how big our belief in Him.
To be able completely believe in God, we must first know Him very well!
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:10 NIV)
Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him… (Hosea 6:3 NIV)
How do we know God? The potent way is through the scripture that contains God’s word. Scripture is a God’s tool to introduce Him to us and the way He communicates with us. Through the scripture we will know His personality, character, everything He did for mankind, His teachings, and what He wants from us.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV)
Scripture noted so many descriptions about God so we can know Him very well. For example, Psalm 23. David beautifully showed as to what he knew God. Or through very well-known bible verse:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(John 14:6 NIV)
Or this one:
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5 NIV)
Next, to know God’s personality can also be done through our personal experience walking together with Him. When David faced Goliath, he could be bravely and confident because he learn from his experience as a shepherd. If God had previously accompanies and protects him in facing a wild animal, he also believed that God would remain along with him against Goliath. (1 Samuel 17:34-37 NIV) So it is with us. If right now we are given the opportunity to live, work, could serve God, and do many things; it all is only grace from God. If we still able to face and overcome so many big problems and challenges, it is a proof of God’s providence and inclusion in our live.
My beloved readers, what about us now? Whether this time we are waiting for a miracle or we are waiting for the answers of our prayers but after so long there is nothing happens and our prayer have not answered? Whether our spiritual condition likes Martha and Mary? Maybe right now we are standing in the grey zone and oscillated between doubts and believe and we are in a spiritual warfare against the storm of doubts? Or we are in a condition like the possessed boy’s father? If so, allow me this evening to encourage all of us once again immediately examines ourselves. How far do we know him? How close our relationship with God? It is so easy we say “I believe” Maybe hundreds times we say it through song that we sang or when someone ask us. But whether it truly came out from the bottom of our heart and in line with our attitude? Let’s come to God and build a healthier relationship with God so we can know Him more closely and our belief in God will increasingly flourished. Pray and ask for help to God to strengthen our faith that fulfilled with unwavering belief, and we are no longer standing in the grey zone. Miracles would not be happens if we don’t believe, yet there can be miracles when we believe. Amen
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 NIV)
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV)
Karina –Living by faith
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Thank you Karina, this is a word I needed to hear.
Dear sister Beth,
You are much welcome, sis. God bless and have a great weekend 🙂
Thanks for sharing. It is a great reminder to me to remember God’s promises and what He has done in my life to continue to believe Him.
Dear brother in Christ, Tom.
You are welcome 🙂 hope and pray that this simple post could become a reminder for all of us. Amen. Thank you very much. Blessings and have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you for the timely message.
You are welcome. Thank you for reading 🙂 God bless.
Welcome too 🙂 God bless
I needed to hear this timely word. I can really look at my life and assess if I really believe God or if I have drifted off the mark. And to be honest, unbelief has crept in. Sometimes it comes in like a theif without detection infecting everything you believe about God. But this post has been a wake up call to bring myself into alinement again. I love when you said:
Without we realize God’s miracle often fails to happen not just because God doesn’t care or doesn’t hear our cries, but in fact caused by our doubt or disbelief.
I agree totally. God is never to blame! I am the one is at fault.
But I make a decision to believe again. To trust ALL things are possible with God.
To believe He has heard ALL my prayers.
To believe and know beyond all doubt that He is directing my steps!
God bless you Karina and thank you.
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you for the nice comment 🙂 I also agree with you statement that say, unbelief cone in like a thief without detection and infecting everything we believe. Brother Rolain, Thank you for always reading and gave great comment on my post. God bless you too and have a wonderful Sunday.
Your posts are always so in season and so in tune with the spirit. I really enjoy reading them!
You welcome and God bless you Karina.
Thank you, Karina, for a very powerful and wisdom filled post. Without faith it is impossible to please God – With faith all things are possible!
Dear brother in Christ, Jim.
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you for reading and also reblogging my post. Such a great honor to me. Once again thank you. Blessings and have a wonderful Sunday.
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Great post! Sometimes doubt happens and it’s very frustrating. I love that song and movie and it’s very encouraging!
Thank you very much for visiting my blog, reading and also for the lovely comment 🙂 I love the movie and song as well. Thank you and blessings.
I was thinking about miracles today, and loved your post! It was so uplifting!
I read some exciting news that Roma Downey, the actress from ‘Touched by an Angel’ is producing a six part series called, ‘Answered Prayers’. It is about miracles.
I read about it on a website called ‘Variety’ :
“Through heart-wrenching interviews, thrilling re-creations and dramatic real footage, the hour long episodes will paint vivid portraits of ordinary people who have faced extraordinary circumstances — and miraculously lived to tell the tale. From a young boy buried for hours under 11 feet of sand, to the horror of a pastor stabbed 37 times, to a family that survives their car plunging upside down into an icy river bank, the episodes focus on how each person’s unwavering faith and trust in the power of prayer transformed potentially heartbreaking situations into stories of true inspiration.”
Sounds exciting! I hope I will be able to watch it. God is the author of many miracles!
Dear sis Dawn,
Thank you very much for reading. I am grateful you loved my post:) also thank you for the information about the movie called ” Answered Prayers” it seems so exciting and encouraging. Just wonder, is the movie has been released or something. Or maybe we could watch it through YouTube maybe? I will try to find out later. Once again thank you for sharing an important info for our own spiritual growth. Many blessings to you 🙂
The ‘Answered Prayers’ premier episode will be aired on July 26, according to Christianity Today: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/roma.downey.to.host.new.faith.based.show.answered.prayers/56100.htm
Dear sister Dawn.
Thank you very much for the further information about the movie. I will check it out. Blessings.
Sis, this post was encouraged me so much. What a timely reads for me. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. Much love and blessings. (hugs and kiss)
My pretty angel,
You’re welcome. Hugs and kiss to you too.
Yes, true… how we can trust if we don’t know our Father. That’s why bible said “So belief [cometh] of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17)
More and more we read the Word of God, then we get to know God. There is power in the living word of God.
Very good reminder post from you: Karina “walking by faith” Lam 🙂
Dear sis Sella,
Thank you for spent your time to read my post. Also thank you for additional Bible verse. Blessings to Sella ” BeautifulWords” Irene.
Excellent article, Karina, and timely. Thanks.
You are welcome:) Thank you for reading. Blessings 🙂
“To be able completely believe in God, we must first know Him very well!” So simple and so wise, Karina. We cannot trust someone we do not know. I am trying to focus on this truth, and learn more about Jesus each day. I want to know Him as well as I know my best friend. If we all had that sort of relationship with Him, miracles would flow in rivers! Grace and peace to you, sis. 🙂
Dear sister, Rebeca.
Yes it is definitely true 🙂 if we have very close relationship with Our Lord, miracles will flow in our lives. Grace and peace to you too, sis 🙂
I believe in miracles in spite of just reading a rbook challenging the existence of miracles.
Life is a miracle, and the fool who wrote the book does not realize t. Karina, take a look at your Andrew, that is a miracle.
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Dear brother in Christ, Rudy..
Yes you were so true. Life is a miracle. But unfortunately sometime when we have so many burden of problems we forget that God still can do miracle in our lives 🙂 again, you are so right, my little prince, Andrew is a marvelous miracle from God 🙂 Thank you for the great insight on my post, brother. God bless..
Hmmmn…so very true, Karina. God bless and inspire you more. I have been greatly touched by your message.
Thank you very much for reading and also reblogging my post. I am so honored. Thank you and blessings.
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This post by Karina is packed with so much divine inspiration Belief/Believe in God!
My pastor talked about this exact same thing today. I do believe in miracles and when I had my macular hole in my eye last summer, the minute it appeared I was praying and I heard God’s voice tell me it would be alright. I believed him and even to the surprise of my doctor my eye healed. Without any medical treatment, the hole just went away. God healed it. Great post Karina and so true!
Dear sis Terri,
What a wonderful testimony of you 🙂 God is Almighty and glory to Him. Yes, when we truly believe, miracles will comes. Thank you for reading and wonderful testimony, sis. Blessings to you.
Wonderful words of wisdom Karina. It is funny how God works. I have either read or heard the Mark 11:23 passage 6 times last night and today. Yes–Miracles do happen. I am a ‘faith’er’ and if you believe miracles will happen. I have been a channel for many.
Thank you Karina, and God Bless You!
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and read my post. Also thank you for your lovely comment 🙂 God bless you too.
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Thank you for the encouragement, Karina. I am always impressed by your faith. God bless you!
Dear sister, Anna
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you very much for reading and commenting my post. God bless you too and have a wonderful day.
Dear sister Christa,
Amen!! Thank you and blessings 🙂
This is an important and convicting message. I’ve struggled with my own doubts, and I know people ask “Why aren’t there miracles anymore?” And you addressed the answer head on: unbelief. I just read the story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus yesterday so I have it fresh in my mind. I also read about a number of healings that Jesus performed. In every situation the person who was receiving the miracle had to act in belief. In Martha and Mary’s case, they had to choose to roll the stone away. In the case of the man born blind, he had to follow Jesus’ instructions and wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam. There are many other instances, but I’m glad you pointed out the passages where Jesus didn’t perform many miracles because of unbelief. Those instances teach us about the importance of faith in God. Thank you so much for another encouraging, challenging message 🙂 I hope you and your family are doing well. Many blessings upon you!
You are welcome, my friend. Thank you so much for your lovely comment also thank you for reblogged my post. You are so kind 🙂 hope and pray that this post could be useful to many others. Once again thank you. Pray for you too. Have a great and blessed day 🙂
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Why are there supposedly less miracles today? Karina from Karina’s Thought provides the answer straight from Jesus’ mouth: unbelief. This is an excellent post that all Christians should read followed by the internal question, “Do I truly believe?”
Really good read, its important not to mix in the knowledge of this world when it comes to believing. God defies all logic so its irrelevant to our belief and faith.
Thank you very much for visiting my blog and following my blog. Such a great honor to me. Also thank for the nice comment. Many blessings to you and have a great day.
This is a great topic, Karina. For me, the challenge is having faith that God’s miracle will happen in me or for me. It may not be the miracle I want. Yet if God knows me better than I know myself, then I must trust God’s providential care for me, including the strange ways God sometimes accomplishes things. I remember when one of my sisters was dying, the miracle wasn’t a cure from her disease. It was her continuing faith and trust in God, even when she was angry and grieving about losses in her body. A healing miracle for sure–but in an unexpected way. Thanks again for a thought-provoking post.
Your are much welcome :)Thank you very much for the such wonderful comment on my post. Also thank you for sharing the story about your sister 🙂 Yes God provide miracles for us by His unexpected way and beyond our logic. Once again thank you and many blessing to you too.
Love you and your writing Karina! 🙂
Thank you very much 🙂 thanks for reading. Love you too 🙂 God bless..
Wonderful post, Karina. 🙂
Thank you very much 🙂 Blessings.
Thank you so much for the encouragement and inspiration in your writings. This is spot on!
Hello dear Luna,
You are welcome 🙂 it was a great honor to me you visiting my blog. Thank you very much. It is nice to meet you here in WP. Good bless you 🙂
There’s definitely something about the power of prayer. To supplement– time’s very existence is a miracle.
Thank you very much for the insight 🙂 Blessings. Have a great Sunday.
Thank you for your continued likes of my posts. You are a very special person. Please have a very blessed day in Jesus.
You are welcome 🙂 have a blessed day to you too 🙂
You’re such a blessing, Karina. I love reading your posts.
Thank you very much for the such lovely comment. I am grateful you love reading my posts. Thank you and blessings 🙂
I was just reading a story from the time of Marco Polo about this very thing today. Thanks, Karina.
You are welcome, my dear Sis 🙂
Wow, this is amazing it has really made me evaluate my scripture life, as I’m guilty of this, especially when so many things occur, so many doubts crosses ones mind. It’s human nature to do this but as a christian we really do need to put our faith in God and get to know hi, through his words. I totally agree on this one, thank you for giving me the kick I needed this morning. Looking forward to,reading the other posts… Xx
Thank you very much for your lovely comment. Also thank you for looking forward to reading my post 🙂 God bless and have a nice day.
A good post, sis! Yes God can do all things, but we must ask and not doubt in Him, or we will not receive what we ask of Him. Even when we do believe, we may not get what we ask for because it isn’t the best thing for us in God’s plan. But we must trust in His will for us.
Good post, Karin…
We do not always recognize or give God credit for the miracles happening around us. But they are present daily. ❤
Yes that’s true, sister Anna. Thank you very much for your great comment. Have a blessed new week, sister.