Why don’t some people believe their faith in God will work? I know from experience that a lot of people have faith in my faith and in the faith of others. But they don’t have confidence that their own faith in God will work. For some reason, they don’t believe in themselves. The reason for their unbelief is that they don’t know what the Bible teaches about who they are in Christ. They need to find out.
Some people think they’re not “good enough” for their faith to work. Some feel their faith is not strong enough. Some people are so acquainted with all of their own failings and weaknesses that they’re always willing to believe anything against themselves: their unworthiness, their unfitness, their weakness, their lack of faith, and so forth.
If we can get these people to let us pray and believe for them, we can get answers for them—temporarily. But Satan will rob them of the blessings God intended for them to have unless we teach them the facts of God’s Word.
A Bible fact that gave me faith was this: God, my Heavenly Father, does not have any favorite children. He loves every one of us with the same love.
Sometimes natural parents have a favorite child, but God doesn’t have any favorites. Get that fact down in your spirit by saying out loud, “God has no favorites.”
Every person born into the family of God has the same redemption. You are not any more saved than I am, and I am not any more saved than you are.
Somehow in people’s faulty thinking, they assume that another Christian has more than they do. Yes, someone else may have more light of the Word, and he or she is walking in that light, but everyone born into the family of God enjoys the same redemption.
The child of God has been redeemed from the hand of the enemy. Every one of us has. Satan was conquered for you personally. Satan was conquered for me personally. (When I say it like that, it buoys up my faith.)
The believer can say, along with the Apostle Paul, “. . . [Jesus] was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:25). It’s ours—mine and yours! It belongs to us, so I can make that personal. I can say He was delivered on account of my offenses, and He was raised for my justification.
Redemption belongs to every one of us. Furthermore, I’m not any more justified than you are, and you’re not any more justified than I am. (The same Greek word translated “justified” can also be translated “made righteous.”) Jesus didn’t die for my trespasses any more than He died for your trespasses.
The Christian, then, can confidently say, “He delivered us,” or to make it personal, “He delivered me.”
The individual Christian can confidently say, “He delivered me out of the power (or authority) of darkness.” The Greek word translated “power” here is translated “authority” elsewhere in The King James. So we could say, “God delivered me out of the authority of darkness and has translated me into the Kingdom of His dear Son.”
Colossians 1:13-14, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
Friend, this does not belong to just a few. This absolute redemption is the personal property of every child of God, whether he knows it or not. (If he doesn’t know it, he can’t walk in the light of it—but it still belongs to him.)
(Part 1 of 2 by Kenneth E. Hagin; August 20, 1917 – September 19, 2003)
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