“Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?'”

– John 11:40 NIV

What are you believing God for? What are you hoping for Him to follow through in fulfilling in your life? What is the dream deep within you that resonates and continues to move you on the inside to act upon to make a reality? During the time my mother, sister and I conducted the bible study under the theme Believing God for a Better Quality of Life this verse was a tremendous source of encouragement, empowerment and inspiration. So much that when I reflected upon what to post it was the first thought that came to my mind. Everyone dreams, everyone desires, everyone aspires to go beyond what has been familiar to them to a place and space in life that is new, fulfilling and rewarding. I also believe God wants that for us too, which is why Jesus came for us to have life (salvation) and experience it to the fullest. I am not necessarily talking about accumulating earthly riches, although for some of us, that may very well happen, but there are immaterial riches God has promised us to enrich our lives to make our lives count in being blessed, blessing others and making the world around us a better place. In fact, I believe every one who digests the eternal riches of what is revealed through these writings will receive a harvest according to the measure they allow what is sown to be implanted in their hearts.

The parable of the sower confirms this. Read Jesus’ dialogue with His disciples in John 14 and you will see the promise of the fulfillment of scripture in the heart of the one who abides in Him and allow His word to abide in them. In Isaiah 55 God proclaims through His prophet Isaiah that His word does not return to Him void but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it. Do you believe this? This is the same question Jesus asked Martha about the ressurection of Lazarus in John 11. Mary and her sister Martha had a desire for their brother Lazarus to be healed from sickness, but he died. Martha, however, declared that, even now, Jesus being present with them would change the reality of their current circumstances and the state of their current conditions. Something on the inside of Martha would not allow her to accept death while Jesus was in her presence. Although, in the moment of her reality, the condition of her circumstances was saying it’s over, Martha believed it was still possible to bring forth life out of the appearance of what is dead.

Martha chose to bring her desires for life, wellness and wholeness to the One who brings forth life from death and calls things that are not as they ought to be! When everyone around her accepted the state of the current conditions, she believed. God is searching for a heart that believes so He may reveal His glory. Jesus reminded Martha, when the people around her began to question out loud whether it was possible to raise Lazarus, she only needed to believe. God wants to manifest Himself to you beginning today. He wants to reveal Himself and make Himself known to you more intimately. What desire, dream or aspiration is lying dormant within you that He wants to bring life from? Believe today and walk by faith until He achieves it and brings it to pass.

May God arouse within you desires, dreams and aspirations to awaken your faith anew and move you to a posture of surrender and faith that will unlock doors, open them and prompt you to step through and into the new.

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