This morning, as I was watching the show, It’s Supernatural with Sid Roth, a guest on the program reminded the viewers of evangelist Smith Wigglesworth’s greatest, most renowned miracles. The story goes like so:
One day, when Wigglesworth was visiting the home of a minister in England who had no feet, he instructed the man to go to the shoe store and buy a pair of shoes. At first, the minister thought he was joking, but just before he laid himself down for the night, the Lord confirmed to the crippled man, “Do as My servant hath said.”
So the next morning, in compliance, he went down to the local shoe store and asked a salesman to get him a pair of shoes. The salesman requested his shoe size and desired color, but then looked down to realize the man had no feet. “Sorry, sir. We can’t help you”, the worker said, but the minister insisted on buying a pair of shoes, regardless. When the salesman brought the minister a pair of black, size 8 shoes, the very moment he slipped the base of his leg inside one of the shoes, a foot grew! When he repeated the action with his alternate leg, the other foot grew just the same, instantaneously! When Smith Wigglesworth heard of the miracle, he wasn’t a bit surprised, because he knew the endless possibilities of God.
Personally, I can attest that the times when I’ve prayed, believing without a shadow of a doubt for God to do something, He heard my prayers and honored them. The results didn’t always come immediately, but they did come to fruition eventually. It pleases the Lord when you ask him for something while actually expecting Him to do it. The truth of the matter is, anyone else would probably see it as a smack-in-the-face if you asked them to do something, yet not actually believing they’d do it. For instance, when you approach a bank teller and asked them to withdraw cash from your account, wouldn’t you expect them to give you your money? Of course, you would. That’s the same way we must treat our faith in Jesus. Limiting God puts us at a disadvantage.
I’d have to say that the easiest thing to do in life is doubt, and that’s why satan uses this tactic so often, because we, as humans, tend to soak it up like a sponge.
When we pray and doubt, we are using the enemy’s tools, mustering up a conflict of interest. You can’t fight the enemy with his own weapons—he knows them better than you and it doesn’t work in your hands. We must fight with the shield of faith! With faith comes power from God.
It takes dedicated and loyal faith to solidly believe in the impossible, but it is possible! Jesus assures us in Matt. 19:26 that “with God, all things are possible.” This past year, I devoutly stood on the Word of God for particular things while literally taking Him at His Word, and…wow! He went above and beyond I could have ever imagined!
I had to remind myself that the Bible is genuinely life’s manual. There are answers to every question we may have, and for every situation; there are do’s (for our own good) and don’t’s (also for our own good). There are promises and warnings, as well as directions and instructions…and they’re all bona fide.
So I beg the question, ‘What fool am I to limit God?’ If I am His, and He is mine, shouldn’t I trust Him? If He created the universe, formed man from the dust of the ground, holds the world in His hands, heals the sick and raises the dead, I think it’s pretty safe to “put all my eggs into one basket” when it comes to trusting Him.