Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
It’s very easy in the Christian life, the more you are exposed to the Word, to mentally assent or agree to the truths that you hear. You can hear the Word of God day to day without actually believing it personally for the things you are dealing with in your life. You’ll go along for awhile, a few weeks, months and years being nagged or harassed with certain continual issues and find out you aren’t really believing anything. It’s almost like you’re hoping those nagging issues will soon disappear. You’re kind of waiting or expecting God to move in your situation and you know He can but you’ve not ever established your trust or belief that He will do it for you specifically.
Some say, “Well you know, God’s sovereign and He can do anything He wants, whenever He wants and wherever He wants, and I wouldn’t want to be so arrogant to presume on God.” The Bible doesn’t say the just shall live by sovereignty it says the just shall live by faith. We must actively and on purpose believe God’s Word because God already moved in grace. What God did by grace requires a response of faith on our part. Sovereignty requires no faith. We have a covenant with Him which restores initiative to us. We take that initiative (the responsibility for beginning or taking the first step) by purposely acting by faith.
Since we have a covenant with God that He initiated toward us we have to initiate a move toward God. He honors the covenant of grace and that is why He says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need Hebrews 4:16.” He moved already, now it is our move. We have a responsibility He will not assume and our responsibility is faith.
Some interesting things about believing:
- God allows man himself to decide what he will believe (you can believe wrong and believe a lie/He won’t force us to believe His Word).
- Every person believes something.
(You do believe something. All of your life you will believe something; and without knowing it, you may have more belief in your doubts than on the Word of God. You can be an unbelieving believer).
- Every person is responsible for what he believes.
- You can always tell if a person’s believing is right by what he says and how he acts. (We always act and talk what we really believe about any situation).
Examine yourself to see if you are really believing God’s Word or are simply mentally assenting or agreeing His Word is true but not actually exercising your faith in it.