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God Cannot Deny Himself

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him.
If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2Tim.2:11-13 (NIV)
I have always found this scripture very interesting every time I read it. And the part that holds my attention most is verse 13.
I am reminded that God is faithful, no matter the situation or circumstance. His faithfulness is not measured by whatever we choose to do. We did not make him God and we cannot demote him. The views of people do not diminish him. We cannot add to him to make him who he is. He once told Moses; “I AM who I AM.” Moses was to tell the Israelites that that was God’s name.

“God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14. (NIV)

He is God and that is it. There had been many attempts to describe God (or define him). All those efforts, even in the Bible, were just reflections of him through what he does.

God is faithful. The scripture says that God cannot deny himself (He cannot disown himself). That is awesome. Jesus proved this before his crucifixion
Matt. 26: 62-65, says,“Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.”
Jesus knew the intention of the high priest, he knew he was sly and evil. Jesus answered to who he is. He did not deny himself. He cannot deny himself.
What does this mean? It means that you can count on God to live up to his name. You can trust his faithfulness. It means that his promises are sure and reliable. What he says is trustworthy despite the lies of the devil. God is not out to make empty promises; he is not a politician. He does not cow people into serving him; as much as God wants people to be saved, he doesn’t cajole people into it.

He cannot deny himself. Assuming everyone refuses to accept him; that is a pity but God still remains who he is, – faithful and graceful. It is wonderful to know the unchanging God. He cannot be modified and he cannot be bought over. Those that put their trust in the Lord should rejoice because they have come to a sure place; a foundation that cannot be moved.
Times and seasons cannot make God to change. He made them and controls them. Leaders come and go. Great people live and die but the Lord abides for ever. His mercies endures for ever and his people will not continue to suffer and live in shame. The word of God says,
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
You can rely on God, you can count on his promises and his love for you will never diminish. Trust the Lord even if things are tough for you now; problems don’t last for ever. The scripture says,
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:1-4, 6-7. (NIV)
Be strong in the Lord.

The Prayer of Faith

Faith is the most important aspect of our lives as believers. Heb.11:6, says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (NIV). The prayer of faith is the prayer of an absolute trust in God. Absolute “abandonment”  in the hand of God, because you are persuaded:

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Cover for a NIV Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. That God loves you in a personal way
  2. That God is all powerful and able to meet your needs
  3. That God’s promises are true and trustworthy
  4. That God is faithful and dependable
  5. That God is good and will not deny his word

Prayer of Faith is not just about the length of time or passion in prayer as much as it is about trust in God’s faithfulness. It is important to spend quality time in prayers often; however, doing so without a comprehensive active faith in God makes praying a frustrating experience. Heb.11:1, says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (NIV).  

You can build your faith in God through:

  • Studying of the word
  • Meditation in the word
  • Obedience to the word
  • Believing the word
  • Taking action on the word
  • Focusing on God all through a faith thrust
  • Praising God for everything (big or small)
  • Believing that God is Holy

Faith is not about seeing the things you asked for before you know you’ve got it. It is about knowing that you’ve got it because you have asked God for it; and you have asked according to his promises. (You have asked for what you need – Phil. 4:19.)

We miss it when we become agitated, worried and fretting about our needs. Most times people never care about some of their needs until they are in the “worry zone”. There are issues that just take us unawares and get us panicky but it is important that at such times we must resolve to turn them over to the Lord and hold on to his promises and integrity.

In the prayer of faith, you do your part and allow God to do his part. You never worry that God might act too late. You believe that he makes all things beautiful in their time. God never fails.

After the prayer, you thank God for answered prayer and go away rejoicing.

In the prayer of faith you don’t go to God on your own terms; you don’t approach him on your “righteousness”. You go to him through Jesus Christ. You trust in his love and care. You believe in his faithfulness without wavering.

God said in Jer. 32:27, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (NKJV)

People are sometimes tempted to believe that their goodness is what will move God. (That thinking comes from Old Testament mentality – The New Testament is based on Jesus’ finished work)

There are people who think that fasting or a certain length of time spent in prayer is the most important thing in prayer. The Bible did not say so. We can pray and fast as much as we wish, but we always prevail through faith, as we pray. That is the way to do it.

People of faith

Heb. 11, lists people who lived by faith; trusting God at various times for various things. They were not disappointed.

You too can be part of them.

*Some important scriptures that will aid understanding are James 5:13-15; Heb. 10:22-23; James 1:5-7; Heb.11:6. Please take some time to read them.

 

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