Boldly Walking: Dare to Believe

Kim CrabillBy Kim Crabill3 Minutes

I’m Kim Crabill and I’m delighted to be here today. Sometimes I like to sit in a big chair, get comfortable, and read magazines. How about you? I love the recipes. I love the decorating ideas. I just love scrolling through the pages. But have you ever noticed the outlandish ads that are in these? Like “Lose Weight Overnight Without Exercising.” “Learn to Play the Piano in Two Short Lessons.”

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It can really sound outlandish can’t it? But then I put away my magazine and I pick up God’s Word. Sometimes I look at that and think that the Scripture sounds a little outlandish as well. Doesn’t it? I mean, think about scriptures like John 10:10 — that God came not only to give us life but the abundant life. What about Isaiah 43:19 where He says “I’m about to do something new in your life”? And what about Ephesians 3:20, where God says He wants to put His power at work within us to do beyond anything that we could ever imagine?

I don’t know about you, but for me that sometimes seems really outlandish. Especially in times when I really want God to do something new, and I really want His power to work within me. From where I am to where I want to be sometimes seems like such a long way. But then I learned a secret that I want to share with you today that maybe will strengthen your walk.

I learned that I had to personalize God’s Scripture. That I can’t just believe the Book as it is. I believe in Him and I have to believe it, but I have to personalize God’s Word. I have to take a step beyond believing in Jesus to believing Jesus. I have to take that Word and I have to own it. I have to live it. I have to believe it.

And many times for me, I’ve even had to pray for God to help personalize this, help me to take this Scripture on. That is one of the greatest steps that we’ll take as believers — to not only believe in Jesus but to believe Him. And not just to believe it for everyone else around us, but to look in that mirror and own that Scripture and believe it.

As we do that, verse by verse, Scripture by Scripture, I promise you it will strengthen our walk.