Posts Tagged ‘Debbie Downer’

imagesThere had been a severe drought, and the members of a rural congregation were deeply concerned that their crops would be ruined.

One Sunday, therefore, the minister said to his congregation, “Brothers and sisters, I understand your deep concern about the harvest. There is nothing that will save us, except a special service of prayer for rain. The Lord promises that if we pray in FAITH, He will hear us. So go to your homes now, fast for a week, and pray. Then, next Sunday, we shall hold a service to claim the Lord’s promise because I just know it will rain next week at this same time!”

The people fasted during the week, then returned to church the following Sunday morning. But as soon as the minister saw them, he was indignant. “Go away!” he shouted. “How can you expect to claim the Lord’s promise if you have no FAITH?”

“But Reverend,” they protested, “we fasted and prayed, and we have come believing that the Lord will be true to His word.”

“Believing?” exclaimed the minister. “Believing?! Then where in the world are your UMBRELLAS?”

This joke would be a lot funnier if it wasn’t so true. I see it every day, people who say they are faithful Christians, yet as soon as the smallest obstacles come along, they start using words lie can’t and won’t. To me, somebody who uses these words are weak Christians at best. What they’re really saying is that they don’t believe that God is powerful enough to perform miracles, or to supply their needs. It get me very upset.

On the other side of the coin, when someone walks around being a Debbie Downer, or Chicken Little, it just brings others down. There’s nothing worse than getting excited because you know God has inspired you to do something, only to have someone else come along and start rambling about why it is impossible. Especially when that person is a Christian.

Stop talking about what’s impossible, and start KNOWING what God can do. The more you use the word can’t, the more you begin to believe it.


Matthew 21:21 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.