Understanding TRUE Belief
What is belief? We have many things that we say we believe in. But most of them we lack in our ability to prove. I believe that I’ll have a boat and a motor coach someday soon, but sometimes the way that I spend money says I’ll never be able to prove what I believe. Some people believe that their sports team is the best of them all; but once again evidence isn’t always there.
Why our belief can lack evidence.
The greatest need for belief was proclaimed in John 3:16 when Jesus proclaimed 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.
Our belief in Christ is a belief that requires that we be a reflection of the things that God desires of us, even as Christ did. But notice that the verse says, Whosoever believes IN Him SHOULD Not Perish, but have everlasting life. When you believe IN something you essentially are willing to insert yourself into the precepts of that thing in order to partake in its perspectives. Believing IN something does not declare your full endeavor, but only your acceptance. We believe in Santa Claus….Oh but you do; when you insert yourself into the precepts of his existence which begins with the Christmas tree. However most of our our beliefs do not define who we are. Because they bear no foundation in your life.
The perspectives of Christ must become a foundation upon which we stand. Once again, John 3:16 says that you SHOULD not perish, but failure to establish a foundation ON Him can remove the power of redemption from your belief. Here are two scriptures to bring a clearing understanding of the difference between believing IN Christ and believing ON Christ.
Do you see how these two scriptures displayed a definite state of redemption rather than a should be perspective? The difference came from the words believe ON. That’s because the word is showing us that believing IN Christ Jesus will expose us to the spirit of revelation by which we come to make Him a foundation for our choices in life, but we are still in a place where we can lack in desire to proceed. I’ve heard people say,” Man, if I could just hit that lottery.” They believe in its power, yet they never play. Then there’s those that play everyday without fail, they have allowed it to become a foundation upon which they stand. Here’s another scripture that solidified the redemption results of not just believing IN Christ, but ON Him; allowing HIM to be a foundation for your life.
John 5:24 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth ON him that sent me, HATH everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
This is the reason why we see so many that we know believe IN Christ, but the rudiments of their lives do not bear the power of His presence. They believed IN Him at the revelation of His purpose, but they never grew to allow all that they are to rest on the foundation that is Him. This is when redemption is assured through the evidence of the fruits of the Spirit that are evident in them that Believe ON Christ Jesus.
How our lives fail to be evidence of a foundation ON Christ?
Clearly, none of us are perfect. That’s why it’s so important to also examine ourselves to find the parts of us that aren’t quite what God would want them to be. Then we can be sure that we’re always moving forward, regardless of how things may appear. And always keep in mind
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
The greatest example that I’ve ever seen was unleashed in 2020 when our national majority declared that they would believe elements of unrighteousness to be acceptable and worthy of their support. Everything from denying ungodly spirits in our leaderships (Church and government) to self-endeavored reasoning for protesting in the midnight hours, causing fear and loss in many in our communities. Yet always knowing that what they knew, felt, heard, or believed was ample reasoning for their self-endeavored actions. Because it seemed right. The sad part is that we never stop to test our endeavor against God’s endeavor. That’s easy when you only believe in Him, and possess no ability to stand ON the foundation of His will.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
It is our desire to always grow and gain in this present life. But it’s almost like having a bank account, If you make no deposits, you can’t make any withdrawals. And even worse yet, if all you’ll put out is pennies, pennies are all that will be returned to you. It’s impossible to plant rocks a grow a peach tree. Sowing of the flesh will only reap the flesh, but sowing the fruits of the Spirit will reap things of the Spirit. When we make sure that the endeavor of our responses are first to fulfill the will of God, we command a greater presence of His will in our lives. As well as our lives becoming a revelation of the glory of God among men; and it bears power to implement change in them. With all this in mind, let’s explore one of the greatest stories revealing evidence of TRUE belief ON what God had to say.
21. But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
22. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship.
23. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
24. Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
25. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
26. Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island.
1. And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
2. And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
3. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
6. Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
Do you see how in verse 4 the people that watched Paul were without doubt subject to the laws of nature, and believed them, But Paul BELEIVING God, could only respond to what he knew, and that was…GOD SAID. Therefore, in verse 5 we see the actions of a man that was either ignorant, or knew something that no one else did. Now tell me, being truthful with yourself, in the moment of your own fiery viper trial, what do you see yourself doing. In the midst of your ministering of the mercies of Christ, the viper catches you unaware. The eyes of them unto whom you declared His glory are now upon you. The spirit that was compelling you in your words is still present, but do you still feel Him. Or maybe you’ve been distracted by that laws of life fact that says there is poison pulsing through your veins. Wisdom says seek help, but reality says there is none with-in timely reach. What do them that are among you now see? In this space in time that there is nothing you can do but believe God, do the people see one that prays diligently in faith, hoping for deliverance? Or do they see one that never skips a beat, assured by an ongoing BELIEF ON what the Father has spoken.
BELIEF needs not to be spoken of, people see it. The question is will you allow your faith to reach its point of transition into uncompromised belief in the foundation things of God’s will, or will they always see compromise for the purpose of self-endeavor. This is what God is able to do in the face of true belief in His directives. Not only was Paul preserved in the face of all that He endured, but his belief had a profound effect on all that witnessed it. Who’s watching you today, and what effect are your normal every day behaviors having on them? Do they see a level of belief? Or nobody of interesting at all.