I like to use the phrase that Jesus used; “IT IS WRITTEN”. It has served me very well these past twenty five years since I was saved. Like many others, I’m no stranger to trials and temptations, and life has not always been easy, BUT, I am fully convinced that God will do EXACTLY what He said in His Word, though that flies in the face of what many say, “Well, you never know what God’s going to do….”

I believe the three words that bother the devil the most is “IT IS WRITTEN”. That settles every argument you will have with him. When he attacks your body with pain and symptoms, trying to convince you that you’re sick, you have two choices: believe God’s Word, or believe your body. Now, your body can be pretty convincing if you aren’t deeply rooted in God’s Word. And even if you are, the devil will turn up the heat to try to get you to doubt God’s Word. And he will use your own body and mind to do it. Countless times I’ve heard people say, “I thought I was healed by the stripes of Jesus, but maybe I’m not after all…” And of course, someone will pipe up and say, “God doesn’t heal everyone, you know….”

Well, back to “IT IS WRITTEN”, in Mark 11:23-24, the Lord Jesus said,
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

How do you make those verses work for you? Well, the directions are right there in the verses: NOT DOUBT, and BELIEVE! What does “believe” mean? According to the dictionary it means: “To consider to be true or honest; to accept the word or evidence of’ to hold as an opinion; to accept something as true, genuine, or real, to have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion, i.e, to regard the existence of God as a fact, to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or the ability of something.”

Romans 4:20-21 speaks of Abraham, says, He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Romans 14:5 says, One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Very obviously then, there’s something to be said for being “fully persuaded”. But that can work FOR you or AGAINST you. If you’re not “fully persuaded”, but just “somewhat”, or “not sure”, then you’re NOT fully convinced, and if you doubt EVEN A LITTLE in your mind, you’re not going to like the results. In fact, “it is written” in James 1:5-8,

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Now I don’t know about YOU, but I don’t want God to look upon me and say, “Jerry is double-minded. I’d like to help him, but he has tied My hands with his doubt and unbelief.

You know, there is actually something YOU can do to help God in your own situation: you can be fully convinced and believe and doubt not that what you ask Him for, He will do. As I wrote last week, and I’ll remind you, “IT IS WRITTEN”; in Numbers 23:19, God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

If THAT isn’t enough for you to be “Fully persuaded”, then I don’t know what is!

So go ahead, present your petitions unto the LORD, arming yourself with scriptures to back up your cause, fully persuaded He is good for His Word, and thank Him for it and bless His Holy Name. And you will be well pleased, and the LORD will be, too !