The Greatest Gap of All

by Mark T. Hancock · 2 comments

It’s nice to know – and to see evidence – that we believe in God. But what a revelation to recognize how much God believes in us!

Let’s look at the facts:

1) He placed us here, in an unfriendly environment (the enemy was already here!), and gave us a powerful mandate (Genesis 1:28),

2) He paid a precious price to buy us back,

3) He freed us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2),

4) He expects us to do what He did and greater! (John 14:12)

Wow. What faith He must have – in US!

No doubt there are significant gaps between the real and the ideal and the seen and the unseen, but there is no gap between what God expects and what is possible! He lives in a realm where anything is possible. He invites us to believe what He believes, to strive for what He sees, and to go where He leads!

The greatest gap is the gap between what we believe about ourselves and what God believes about us.

Bridge the gap by believing what God says about you and by acting on His Word!

Today’s Daily Bread: Ephesians 1.

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Nick Johnson February 28, 2009 at 8:48 am

Hi Mark,

Interesting post.

Given the different uses of “believe” in scripture, I’d be interested in hearing more about how you are defining the word in this post.

For example, John 1:12 says “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”.

James 2:19 says “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”

Mark 9:24, in the words of the demon possessed boy’s father, reads “‘I believe; help my unbelief!’”

Each one of those verses uses the word “believe”; they are all from the same greek word, and all have different meanings and implications.

I find particularly interesting the Mark 9 reference where the father seems to contradict himself.

Anyway, just thought it would be fun to hear your thoughts on this and also provide a little more clarity for your post at the same time.

Thanks so much!
Nick

Soli Deo Gloria!

Mark Hancock March 2, 2009 at 7:59 am

Thanks, Nick. Appreciate your studied insight.

I’m kinda’ simple, though. I was just using the good ol’ American Heritage Dictionary definition, “to have confidence in”.

Hope that clears it up. When I start writing in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, we’ll revisit this. :)

Grace and peace, and much love to you and your family…

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