Day 23: Participating In God's Plan

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV

Archimedes, upon discovering the power of the lever, said, “If you find me a fulcrum to rest my lever upon, I can move the world.”

God desires to reach the world, but He has chosen to use us to be His hands extended. To participate in His plan, however, requires faith in His plan and an active belief that helps us carry out that plan.

One of the Greek meanings of the New Testament words “faith” and “belief,” is “fulcrum.” With faith, we have a lever. With that fulcrum, we can participate in God’s plan with mountain-moving faith.

How can we do this?

We must understand that there is a difference between faith and believing. That difference means everything as we seek to participate in God’s plan. Believing is faith in motion. It means applying the truth. Faith helps us put confidence in God and exercise what we know to be true.

Faith is God’s gift, but believing requires our will. Faith is God’s gift just as breathing, walking, hearing and seeing are gifts. However, just as God does not breathe, walk, hear or see for us, neither does He believe for us. He has given us the capacity to believe in Him, and He requires us to actively participate in whatever He directs us to do.

Faith and believing become stronger as you exercise them.

They also become weaker when you neglect them. Those who are active in participating in God’s plan will certainly become stronger.

Faith and believing are not limited. This is why Jesus tells us, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NIV).

Take God at His Word by receiving His gift of faith. Then begin to leverage your world as you believe and participate more and more in His plan.