Remember Who You Are
By Paula Marrett
It always amazes me thinking how big our God is. The creator of everything I see and the things I can’t. Just think for a minute. He created the microscopic beings that are all around and the planets far away in other galaxies. He was the one who determined how the rain would fall and how the sun would shine on us. It is amazing. Mind-blowing. Every time I think about God, I cannot help but believe. My faith increases when I reflect on who He is and His glory.
It is even more incredible trying to understand who we are in Him. This big, awesome God chose to create us to reflect who He is, and when we failed He came up with a plan to help us live even closer to His glory. Jesus is the reason, we are now holders of the presence of God, we are His own house here on earth. And this is amazing. When I think about this incredible gift God has given us it compels me to act. Act in faith.
I love reading the Bible and all the different stories, to see God interacting with His people and how their faith brought them so close to seeing and understanding Him. However, every time I read a story, I think about mine – my story with God. How is my faith helping me to see more of Him? And to see His glory being brought to people through me?
“How is my faith helping me to see more of Him? And to see His glory being brought to people through me?“
There is a time in Jesus’ ministry when his disciples were trying to free people from evil spirits. The disciples struggled, and couldn’t free these people. When they asked Jesus why not, He replied: “Because you have so little faith. I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you,” Mathew 17:20.
This is a reminder that when we have a greater faith in God, we can see Him move immeasurably more than we can even imagine.
Think about David’s story. As a young man he knew that through God he was able to fight an enormous, very strong soldier no one else could defeat. His faith led him to volunteer to do what, in their human eyes, no one could. Our faith should drive us to act.
It reminds me of the story of Heidi Baker, the missionary who founded the Iris Global ministry. She has been interviewed many times on The 700 Club. She was 16 when she had a vision and heard the Lord tell her to be a minister and missionary to Africa, Asia and England. Together with her husband, she left with simple instructions from the Lord, one way tickets and thirty dollars in their pockets. They spent 12 years in Asia, 3 years in England and more than 30 still counting years in Africa, and are seeing thousands coming to Jesus.
God may not be calling you to become a missionary in another nation, but He is calling you to act in faith. What are the situations in your life or in the lives of people around you where God’s love and power can be brought into action? Divorce. Illness. Loss. Fear. It’s all around us. We live in a fallen world in desperate need of God, we just need to open our eyes to see different opportunities for us to act in our faith.
Jesus said in John 14:12-14: “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. 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.” God wants to use us to bring the joy and freedom Jesus gave. The same power that healed the sick and multiplied the bread and fish lives in us. He wants us to have the courage to act in faith, declaring He is bigger than our human struggles and more than capable to fulfil our needs.
“He wants us to have the courage to act in faith, declaring He is bigger than our human struggles and more than capable to fulfil our needs.“
Our faith doesn’t have to be perfect or feel massive, but it needs to be present. If you read the Psalms you will find many times David was worried, troubled, and facing struggles; yet he kept his eyes focused on God, and His promises not on the circumstances. He was sure that, through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken, Psalms 21:7.
Today, I want to encourage you to believe. Have confidence that the creator of the universe can and wants to use you in a powerful way, to change situations and bring back to life what was dead. When you feel led by God to talk, talk! When you feel led by God to pray, pray! When you feel led by God to go, go! Just act in your faith and let God move through you. Remember who He is and who you are in Him.