It’s Okay – He can Afford It!

by Lester Young

Have you ever been hesitant about asking God for something because you thought it might have been ‘too much?’ I’ve even had people tell me that God will help you, but only by just barely meeting a pressing need. Hmm….let’s just consider that for a moment. Is that how you endeavor to raise your kids? Think you’re a better parent than God, that you love your children more than He loves His? I doubt it. You love your family with all your heart and want to give them everything, right? Well, so does He – and He’s got the means to do it!

It’s amazing how easily incorrect (that’s spelled “u-n-s-c-r-i-p-t-u-a-l”) notions get passed down as “gospel” when there’s actually nothing good about them at all. The truth of the matter is that when we were rescued from some difficulty by the skin of our teeth, it’s because we were actually only believing to be rescued by the skin of our teeth – with nothing to spare. The scriptual fact is that God doesn’t heal or deliver or provide or move based on need, any need – He acts based on the receiver’s faith. If we don’t have faith, we can’t please Him (Hebrews 11:6).

What’s more, even when we do have faith, exactly what we receive is based not on His ability, but the level of faith that we’re using. Didn’t Jesus tell the Roman centurion whose servant boy was dying, “Go your way; and as you have believed, be it done unto you.”? (This is the guy that showed he had a deep, working understanding of the concept of ‘authority,’ and Jesus commended his faith by saying it was the greatest He’d ever encountered in all of Israel. [Matthew 8:5-13]) And, when restoring the sight of two blind men (Matthew 9:27-30), didn’t Jesus, the Healer Himself, say to them, oddly enough, “According to your faith be it unto you.”? That’s also the reason why – though each instance is indeed good ground – some harvests come back a hundredfold, some sixty, and others only thirty (Mark 4:20).

Well then, just what are you believing for? What’re you really expecting to come back to you? Remember, hope (that is, Bible hope, which is ‘earnest, intense expectation,’ not just fanciful wishing) is one of the three most powerful and eternal spiritual forces in existence, along with faith and love (1 Corinthians 13:13). So, go ahead and dare to stretch you faith till it’s completely out of shape. If you can dream it up, it’s not even close to the limit of what God can do (Ephesians 3:20). In fact, it’s likely He who gave you the idea in the first place (Psalm 37:4)!

When you find a promise in the Word of God – which is His covenant to us – you have a right to it. His Word says that He’s given us all things richly – and not just to meet our needs, but to enjoy them (1 Timothy 6:17). All things, richly! It also says, “You have not, because you ask not” (James 4:2). Look, you’d really have to try in order to misunderstand that. So, don’t try to. Think big, dream big, ask big and expect big. Just take Him at His Word – after all, He’s the biggest, strongest, richest, greatest Dad around!

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2 Comments to “It’s Okay – He can Afford It!”

  1. Thanks for the reminder, Lester. We have been given the gift of faith, and it is really up to us to apply this in our lives, based on God’s Word and promises He has given in His Word. According to our faith, be it unto us.

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