For years, I’ve been damaged by all of the broken promises of Man who didn’t have the ability to keep his word. “I’ll call you right back!” “I’ll clear my schedule so we can hang out this weekend.” “I’ll pay you back on Friday.” Hmph. Yeah, right! High expectations lead to disappointments. I was starting not to believe anything that anyone told me.
I even developed a stronghold in my mind to protect me from the bitterness of disappointment: “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
When I became a believer in Christ Jesus, I brought the same mindset into the kingdom with me. God would make promises to me according to his word — “I will set you free.” “You shall be made whole.” “You are holy.” “I will use you greatly.” But it was hard for me to receive it. So I would think to myself, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Thinking that I was protecting myself from disappointment in case God’s promises didn’t come to pass, I was actually blocking God’s promises from manifesting in my life due to a spirit of unbelief.
God is teaching me that He is not a Man in which he shall lie, nor the son of a man that he should repent (Numbers 23:19). I’m learning that God watches over his word to perform it, and that it will not return to him void, but will prosper in what he sent it out to do (Isaiah 55:11).
God is teaching me that, as a believer, I must walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
He’s shifting my mindset from “I’ll believe it when I see it,” to “I’ll see it when I believe it.”
Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:19)
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)