To believe seems like such an easy concept. We believe each day we sit down that our seat will hold our weight. To believe in God on the other hand can seem like a very difficult concept at times in our lives, and yet many Christians today say that it is through belief that we are saved and they are correct in my opinion, but if we never have the faith to hold our weight in God’s arms then do we truly believe? John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This seems simple enough, so we can move on now, however, James 2:19 says, “the devils also believe, and tremble.” Will these devils that God cast out of heaven have ever lasting life as well? It seems that this idea of ‘belief’ has more weight than we realize.
2.5 billion People in the world are Christians, so we can assume that 2.5 billion people ‘believe’ that Jesus is the son of God. There were over 600,000 people over the age of 20 that God saved from Egypt yet only two of them made it to the Promised Land; Caleb and Joshua. Moses was God’s right hand man and Moses did not even get to enter into the Promised Land. What did Caleb and Joshua do differently that they were allowed to enter into God’s Promised Land? They believed! At least 600,000 people saw the miracle of the Red Sea parting, the manna and quail appearing from heaven and yet they still did not trust God. Moses made one mistake in the wilderness and he was not allowed into the Promised Land. Are we to assume that we are any better? We are not any better! Without our own ‘belief’ in Jesus we too could suffer the same fate. Now I believe in an amazing God that ultimately will extend His hand to all and forgive us for our iniquities but I will tell everyone to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
We must learn from the Israelites’ mistakes and our own mistakes to figure out exactly what God means to believe in Him. Hebrews 4:11 says that we must labour into belief. But I thought it was by belief alone? Is it by belief alone that the chair will hold our weight or is it by the action that we take by sitting in the chair? But what labour must we do? Hebrews 4:12 answers this, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Jesus says, “If you love me keep my commandments,” John 14:15. James says in chapter 2 verse 24, “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” For faith without works is dead! (James 2:17)
It is our duty that we must trust and labour into belief that God will provide our every need. Every thought that we have, we must take hold of it and convert it to the will of God. II Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” We must have faith like Abraham to hear and to do just as God has asked and for our thoughts to not hesitate for one moment that God will not provide for us. It is so easy for us to lose belief and to curse our circumstance but God has put us here for a reason and we must trust in Him in the good times and the bad. The Hebrew word for ‘believe’ makes up of three letters; Aleph, Mem, and Vav. The letters mean: strength, chaos and works; so basically believe means: to have strength during chaos to do works; good works according to the Word of God because doing bad works shows our belief is not in God but in darkness. Remember to pray without ceasing, (I Thessalonians 5:17), and remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, (Phillipians 4:13)! Remember that if we choose to labour for our belief in Jesus then he will give us rest! (Matthew 11:28)
I pray that anything I have written that is not the will of God that it falls dead at your sight and does not bear bad fruit.