Day 1- Dare to Believe
“Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou
shouldest see the glory of God.” John 11:40
In the above-referenced scripture, Jesus is speaking to Martha at the grave of her
brother Lazarus. Jesus had just given instructions to take the grave stone away.
Martha’s response is basically letting Jesus know that if they removed the stone there
will be an awful stench because Lazarus has been dead for three days. Martha is
thinking naturally and logically but Jesus was daring her to believe beyond the natural
circumstances and even beyond human logic.
In the words of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, sometimes faith can seem “illogical.” It can seem
illogical to believe that things will really change for you and your family. It can seem
illogical that your financial situation will change. It can seem illogical that you can
actually get out of debt, buy a home, or overcome that addiction. So the challenge of
faith is to dare to believe. We must dare to believe beyond what it looks like in the
natural. We must dare to believe that the future will be better than the past. We must
dare to believe that God is still a miracle worker.
Faith and believing is a choice. The first time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after
his resurrection, Thomas was not with them. When the other disciples told him that they
had seen the Lord, Thomas told them, that unless he saw Jesus with his own eyes and
touched him with his own hands, “I will not believe” (John 20:25). Thomas refused to
believe beyond the natural.
As you go throughout this year, I want to challenge you to “dare to believe” beyond the
natural circumstances because If you will believe, you will see the glory of God.
Faith Stretching Exercise:
1. Make a list of three things that you dare to believe God for this year.
2. Write a prayer or a confession asking God for those things and declaring that you
have received the manifestation of what you are believing.
“Father, thank you that you are a supernatural God who still performs miracles beyond
the natural circumstances. I release my faith now and I dare to believe that you will
______________. I receive it by faith. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!”