The definition of believe is:
1. To accept as true or real:
2. To have faith, confidence, or trust:
3. To have confidence in the truth or value of something:
What do you believe in? I’m not talking about big stuff right now, just little stuff. Do you believe in your name? Do you believe that your name is YOUR NAME without second guessing it? When you tell someone your name, do you say it with conviction that it is truth beyond any shadow of a doubt?
How about your gender? Personally, I am a man. I know that beyond any shadow of a doubt. And as a matter of fact, I can prove it! I’m not going to do that here right now, you’ll just have to take my word for it. I can say “I am a man” with boldness, truth and conviction. Why? Because I can prove it with real facts and experiences.
When you tell someone where you live, do you believe that what you are telling them is the truth? How do you know for sure? Because you’ve been there! You can prove it’s your house because all your stuff is there, mail comes to you and the address is on your ID card. You have personal experience and solid proof to back up your claim.
Okay, that’s some examples of little stuff. Let’s move on to bigger stuff.
What about God? Do you believe in God? Can you say you believe in God with the same boldness, truth and conviction that you would declare your own name, your gender or where you live?
I can. You know why? Because I can prove it with personal experiences and real, solid facts.
And the list goes on. But the most important aspect of believing is always personal experience. Yes it’s true; some people are gullible and believe anything anyone tells them. They are the few exceptions to the rule.
Most people want personal experiences or at least testimonials of other's experiences along with solid facts to back up a claim before they believe it. The bigger the claim, the more proof is required. That's true for religion, personal relationships and in business. Ever try to get a car or home loan without proof of income proving your claim to repay it? Good luck.
Being asked to believe in God is a pretty big claim. But God has it covered.
Why does He go through all this trouble? To the end result that you BELIEVE.
Believing doesn’t always have to be big, like on a grand scale of mega proportions. It can be small, little daily things. Like believing in your ability to do a mundane task, such as dressing yourself, eating or even breathing.
When’s the last time you ever doubted your ability to dress yourself? And why is that? Because you are convinced through positive and successful personal experience of your ability to do so and you TRUST in your ability to do it again next time.
Now let’s take it a step further:
If you believe that you can walk and chew gum at the same time then you’ll probably have little to no problem doing it. And the more you do it, the more you believe in your own ability to do it again.
If you believe that it’s absolutely impossible to walk and chew gum at the same time then you will most likely have trouble doing it, if you can do it at all. And if you fail when you try it, your believing is reinforced that you can’t do it.
This concept of believing works the same for little things as it does for big things.
It’s a self perpetuating and cascading effect. Meaning, the more you succeed at something, then the more you believe that you can do it which leads to more and even greater success next time you try. Because you are building confidence and trust in your abilities.
Likewise to the opposite, if you fail at something, then the more you’ll believe that you will fail again the next time you try it. With each passing failure your believing is reinforced which leads to more and greater failures to the end result that you just give up entirely and quit.
Believing is neither good nor bad, it just is. You can believe good things will happen to you, and overall, mostly they will. You can also believe bad things will happen, and guess what, they will!
Positive believing enables you to recognize when good things are happening to you. Positive believing also helps you to see the good in people, events and circumstances so you can maximize the benefits. This concept works for everything in life: Sports, business, relationships, and yes even spiritual matters.
God knows how believing works. He understands the raw power behind it. In Proverbs 23:7 it says, "For as he [man] thinks in his heart, so is he". That’s why God encourages us to follow Him, read His Word and to focus on that which is good. That way our believing is slanted toward positive things and our lives will go in a positive direction of growth and prosperity.
The principle of believing is the greatest principle in the Bible for you to understand and master.
As a matter of fact, it’s not only the greatest principle in the Word, it is the greatest principle in the whole world! But the strange thing is, it’s not widely known about or utilized to its fullest potential. Some even call it a secret.
In 2006 a secular book along with a corresponding movie came out called “The Secret”. The gist of the book is that focused positive thinking can have life-changing results such as increased health, wealth and happiness. They call it ‘The Law of Attraction”.
I watched the movie but didn’t read the book. In the movie, the basic “secret” is that whatever it is that you want, and focus on and then believe in your heart that somehow you will have, then the “universe” will eventually deliver that to you.
The movie teaches that you can actually attract things to you, good or bad. This concept is basically a sound biblical principle but unfortunately the movie does not give proper credit to the source of good things received; namely God, or to bad things received from the devil.
This book outlined a basic tenet of the bible, stripped God out of it, made it mainstream pop culture - and people were utterly amazed at its concept! This book became a best seller. The book with video combined became a wave of revelation and wonder sweeping the world over for many years.
Truly, a sad testimony to how few people recognized it from the bible. The bible has been teaching “The Secret Law of Attraction” for well over 2,000 years! Christians call it faith. Unfortunately, by taking God out, believing in one's self for spiritual salvation becomes an extremely dangerous false doctrine to follow.
In every scriptural account in the bible where a nation prospered or fell, where people survived or perished, where a miracle took place or where God did a mighty work, the principles of believing and faith were always involved.
It’s easier to scoff or give up on God before He has a chance to work in our lives than it is to believe. To wait, be patient and not fear the changes that the future holds for you- these things take courage mixed with patience and trust.
Although positive believing takes courage, patience and trust, believing is not hard to do. You believe stuff all the time with little to no effort. Things you don’t have to think twice about. Such as your name, gender, home address, phone number, etc. How hard is believing in your name being your name? It’s not. And likewise believing in God is just as easy.
Here’s why believing is easy: Once you’ve built up a sufficient level of trust and confidence in God that He will fulfill His promises, believing to breathe or entry level miracles like speaking in tongues takes the same amount of mental effort as it does to perform a large miracle like parting the Red Sea.
In Matthew 17:20, Jesus spoke on this, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
We know he was speaking metaphorically in this verse. Jesus used a tiny little mustard seed as an example of the size of believing you need to do something perceived to be a seemingly large miracle, if not an entirely impossible one.
The main lesson is that it takes a tiny little mustard seed worth of believing to do very great things.
How much believing does it take to believe in your own name? Not much. It takes the same amount of believing to move mountains, cast out demons, heal the sick, control the weather and perform every miracle shown in the bible, PLUS others not mentioned.
Why plus others? Because Jesus said “Truly I say to you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” That’s found in John 14:12.
The power of believing is within you; it’s at your finger tips. Jesus said so. He’s a highly credible source, I trust him and I believe him. What about you? Do you believe Him?
Embrace the power of believing, study your bible, learn about God, learn about the works of Jesus Christ, put yourself out there, let God work through you like He worked through Christ. God will prove himself to you if you let Him.
Each small step forward in believing is followed by another slightly larger more exciting step in faith. As you learn and grow in trust and confidence in the Lord, you too will begin performing signs, miracles and wonders just like Jesus Christ did AND GREATER because he went to his father.
It’s up to us now as Christians, each and every one of you as followers of Christ to pick up where he left off and continue doing his good work for God.
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