God vs Probably
Listen to the language of our God: “I can do all things…”; “…inner self is renewing day by day…”; “…transform…to be like [him]…”; “…washed…sanctified…justified…”
Now, listen to the thoughts of man: “you will never change”; “a zebra can’t change it’s stripes”; “That’s just [insert name here], he’s/she’s like that”; “that’s not how it works”
When dealing with people it is difficult to think that they will ever change. Sure, we teach the transformation of Saul into Paul, but almost immediately we dismiss this as the work of Jesus on the road to Damascus. By thinking we are glorifying Jesus because of what happened on that road, we actually diminish what the Spirit does for all Christians daily. God does not call us to be dunked versions of who we were. We are called upon to grow and change.
We use language that is unhelpful because it is based in limited, lowly logic. “That probably won’t happen”. Defeat. The power of positive thinking is defeated, what is left that can win? Notice what “that probably won’t happen” does- It defeats faith. This statement defeats hope! How can you expect something to happen (the definition of ‘hope’) if you convince yourself it “probably won’t”?
When Jesus was put in the ground the safest bet was that “He probably won’t” rise from the grave. After all, resurrection had only happened a handful of times in the past, and no one had ever been resurrected without someone else doing God’s work over them. But God defeated “probably” and our Savior reigns!
So, the next time you look at the evidence of someone’s life and think they will not change, remember, God can. We must stop limiting God. The odds are against Him- and your faith fails. How do we stop limiting God? TRUST in HIS power to transform and squash the thoughts that limit Him. 2 Corinthians 10 verse 5 states, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”.
Declare war on “probably”. Our God does the impossible. Can He do the impossible with you? YES! Do not limit your faith by thinking “but, He probably won’t”. Jesus can save you and God can use you! We can not let “probably” defeat our God.