Choose to Believe – Part 4
By Greg Sanders
Choose to believe in agreement with others.
Luke 8:51 When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. 52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” 53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat.
Your faith will be challenged by life. Sometimes the people life puts around you can be a huge challenge to your faith. It is important that you have a circle of believers who will believe with you. We must make a personal choice to believe God, but we also need people who can strengthen that determination. Notice that the only people who were left in the room were people who deeply believed that Jesus could do a miracle.
Matthew 18:19 says “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. There is power when you choose to believe with someone.
Jesus grabbed the parents, the three disciples, and He commanded that little girl to arise and the Bible says her spirit returned. That seems impossible. This is an example of the exponential power we tap into when we choose to believe together. Often when life turns up the heat, our response is to withdraw and to become reclusive until the storm passes. That line of thinking only makes you an easier target for the enemy and his attacks. You must resist such activity. What we need to do is just the opposite. We must to choose to believe God’s Word and enlist a core group of people who will believe with us.
One of the great benefits of being part of a local church is that you are building relationships with people who will know how to pray with you when life turns up the heat. In Acts 12, we see where Peter was put in prison. But the church was praying. What was the result of the church praying for Peter? God miraculously brought Him out. You need a group of people who will believe with you and pray for you. Don’t face your battles alone. Choose to believe and find people of faith to believe with you.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t attempt to face today’s battles alone. God has placed believers in our lives so that we can believe with and for each other.
Look for someone around you going through a struggle and offer to agree with him or her in prayer.