BELIEVE IT

It’s the week after Easter. So, what usually happens now?

Back to routine.

Back to just another Sunday coming up.

Back to talking about other things, because the day for talking about the resurrection is over.

The resurrection and the stone rolling away and that whole ‘three days later’ thing is just kind of what you talk about on that family holiday known as Easter.

Then, it’s over. Another year is in the books.

But, what if I told you that the resurrection wasn't just an event? It was that, surely.

BUT IT WASN'T JUST THAT.

What if I told you that the resurrection is the reality that we now inhabit? That we now live in?

And here’s the thing: What if I told you that because of Jesus, we are now invited to participate in that reality?

Here’s a verse from Romans 8, and I really want you to let it sink in. Seriously, contemplate on this one for a moment.

Romans 8:11 (NLT) says “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”

Hold up.

“…lives in you.”

Did you catch that part?

THE SAME SPIRIT

The same Spirit—the very same power that raised Christ from the dead—lives in you.

We cannot miss this! C’mon! This is what we are invited into!

We have to check out this scene in Matthew 17 for a moment:

At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”

Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.

Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?”

“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” (v. 14-17, NLT)

This is crazy. The disciples just tried to heal this boy by the power of God. They couldn’t. And here’s what I want to point out: Jesus says to His disciples that they couldn't do it because they “don’t have enough faith.”

Well, then. Thanks a lot, Jesus.

I imagine the disciples were confused, saying, “What?”

This is all of us. This is me, this is you. In our sinful nature, in our own folly, in our own waywardness, we “don’t have enough faith.”

But here’s the thing: Jesus doesn't just say, “You don’t have enough faith” and then leave it at that—an apparent jab, or insult. No. Jesus follows this up with an affirmation that can only be characteristic of the power—of the same spirit that would soon raise Him—living within us. Because that’s just what Jesus does: He spurs us on, into Kingdom participation and power, in the here and now.

He follows up by saying—to the same people who apparently just didn't “have enough faith”—that they could say to a mountain “move” and it would move.

That escalated a bit.

We go from “Yeah, sorry, you just don't have enough faith”, all the way to “Ok, see that mountain? You know, you could tell it to move and it would. You could do that.”

Jesus is telling us to believe in the power that is His in us. He’s challenging us to really—and listen, I mean really—have the kind of faith that moves mountains.

And it’s just faith the size of a mustard seed.

What?

Aren't those supposed to be small?

Yeah. But Jesus had something to say about mustard seeds:

“It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13:32, NLT)

It just takes a little bit of faith to make room for God to do huge, unimaginable things—to do things “infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20, NLT)

We may be walking around with some sort of faith that allows Jesus to be in some sort of control or some sort of authority in our lives; but, are we living with the kind of faith that really believes mountains will be moved? That great things really will happen? That miracles will happen? That revival will happen?

Because just a little bit faith is always more than the faith that we may have when we “don’t have enough” of it.

A LITTLE BIT OF FAITH

Jesus says in Mark 11:24 (NLT) that “You can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”

Do we live like it is ours?

Like it is done?

In Jesus’ name, you were meant to move mountains.

In Jesus’ name, you are invited to dream bigger in His Kingdom than you ever have before.

In Jesus’ name, hope fervently. Because Jesus is our hope. And He won.

We are invited to pray and believe and own that this same victory is ours, in and through Him.

Because in faith, it is.

The Lord is doing a new thing. He’s on the move. His Kingdom is advancing now and into eternity.

And through Jesus, we’re invited to come along.

And not just come along. He wants to do the new thing through us.

Believe it. Own it. In Christ, it’s ours. Jesus even said that Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works…” (John 14:12, NLT).

Now, that’s the kind of power that Jesus wants to operate within and through us.

That’s the same kind of power that raised Him from the grave.

That’s the same kind of power that frees us to walk out of ours, too.