“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10) One may say, “Jesus was God in the flesh, but this does not relate to His followers.” However, he stated right after this, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) This is one of the hardest statements to believe and I’m sure there are many who will explain away its clear straightforward meaning. Just this morning I had a discussion about someone who was always encouraging others to the dismay of some. It seems many people expect bad things, disappointment or despair, such that a message of encouragement in God rings false. We can’t argue that bad things happen, sometimes to good people, therefore, these people want us to abandon our hope, expectation, and faith in God and His word.
I believe scripture presents another view – one of a God who keeps His word and promises all the time, every time. This is hard to believe, just like when Yeshua said, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14) Do you think He meant “whatever” and “anything” literally? If not, was He exaggerating? God is not like us. He is infinite and does not make mistakes or speak haphazardly. He is quite able to keep His word and promises.
We are the fickle party, full of weakness, inconsistency, undecided, turning around in circles of doubt and despair. One great lie of the enemy is to infuse flawed logic into our thinking and raise our rationalization above the clear meaning of scripture. This ploy was used effectively against eve as she was tempted by satan to disbelieve God’s command. She falsely reasoned that she would not die, though God had said, “Whoever eats will surely die.” This same reasoning is widely used today to invalidate scripture. It varies, but goes something like this, “God is not consistent like a machine that produces a result.” “The world is full of evil, death, and misfortune, in fact, it is the one reliable fact of life – we all experience pain and death.” “Why would God heal you, just to let you die tomorrow?” “If, something good happens occasionally, that’s great, but you can’t trust or rely in God’s word or desperate prayers very often.” “Disregard God’s word, expect the worst, you will be right most of the time, and you want be disappointed.” This is satan’s hope to snare you into disbelief, where you bind yourself with chains of your own making. The truth is opposed to every lie no matter the subterfuge of its design.
God had a plan from the beginning that was amazing and mysterious, but now revealed, “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:26-27) God’s plan was to accomplish by His own love, power, and will, what mankind could not and He decided to become a man, Yeshua Messiah, who would impart His spirit into each one of His believing children, so that they would be filled with His love, power and will, becoming a new creation in Messiah, Yeshua. (Ezekiel 36:26-27, Mark 1:8, John 7:38-39, John 14:16-17, Acts 11:16, Acts 8:15-17, 2 Cor. 1:21-22, 2 Cor. 5:17) You can rely and trust in God’s word always. Take God at his word and let faith arise.