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Summary: Dare to be dared again! Dare to beleive the impossible one more time!

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“DARE TO BELIEVE”

Ephesians 1:15-19

“...& what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us

who BELIEVE, according to the working of His mighty power.”

INTRODUCTION:

To “BELIEVE” & to have “FAITH” are so intricately connected one cannot hardly work without the other. Notice I said “HARDLY WORK W/OUT THE OTHER!” The only difference I can find between the two is that one is a “CHOICE” & one is an “ACTION!” I can “BELIEVE” & not “ACT” on it but I can’t “ACT” on it without “BELIEVING!”

If I were to ask each of you this morning if you “BELIEVE” I dare say that every single one of you would say “YES!” Along the same lines, if I were to ask each of you this morning if you have “FAITH” I dare say that each & every single one of you would say “YES!” as well. IT’S THE SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN WHO HAS SUCCESSFULLY LEARNED TO MESH THE TWO TOGETHER!

I look around this auditorium this morning & think about how it could & should be filled. I face our finances every week & know how difficult it is to make ends meet. I could & some times do become discouraged.

I’m human & made of flesh like each & every single one of you are this morning. I have wants, desires & wishes as we all do. I have dreams of what I believe & feel should happen but I work hard at not becoming discouraged. I’m not always successful at it. I do sometimes get discouraged & pity party myself but I know that’s not what God wants out of me.

You see, it’s EASIER TO GIVE INTO SELF PITY than it is to “BELIEVE!” When I do, sometimes it takes me a day or two, I get on my knees & get in His presence & my discouragement begins to wane & fade away.

The other day I spent most of the day in God’s Word & on my knees & I got up the next morning & nothing had changed, in fact gasoline was even higher than it was the day before. News was even worse, than the day before, Groceries were higher & bills still came in & my bank account or the churches had not changed.

But there something was different where it mattered! I FELT BETTER! I COULD SEE BETTER! I KNEW IN MY SPIRIT THINGS WERE GOING TO BE ALRIGHT IN THE LONG RUN BECAUSE I HAD BEEN WITH MY GOD, IN HIS PRESENCE & HE HAS IT ALL UNDER CONTROL! & BEING WITH HIM STRENGTHENS MY BELIEF & MY FAITH!

I’m reminded of not looking at what I see but what I don’t see! I can’t trust in what my eyes always see. I can always trust in what God’s word tells me every single time I read it. I can always trust what He speaks to my spirit & my heart. I know what that word says about trusting in Him & Believing in His Word.

Hebrews 11:1, we all know that passage but it works well here, says,

“FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR & THE

EVIDENCE OF THINGS...” WHAT? “NOT SEEN!” EXACTLY!

“FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD BUT

BELIEF WITHOUT FAITH IS JUST AS DEAD!”

I meet with a group of Pastors every Tuesday morning. The other day some of us were sharing with one another & during the conversation a thought came to me almost as a challenge. I’ve thought & prayed about it all week long & I want to bring to you the same type of challenge that God has dealt to me.

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