It is very easy in the Christian life to mentally assent to or agree with the truths we hear from the Word of God, without personally and actively believing them for ourselves. We can have knowledge of a truth without actively believing. Jesus said, “All things are possible to him that BELIEVETH,” not, “All things are possible to him that has KNOWLEDGE.” BELIEVING is a verb denoting action whereas KNOWLEDGE is a noun denoting the fact or condition of knowing or being aware of something. Just because you know something, have knowledge of the facts of something, or are aware of something does not mean you are actively believing what you know. Galatians 3:9 says, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful (literally, believing) Abraham.” BELIEVING is where the blessing is. Abraham’s blessings become ours in manifestation when we have Abrahams believing. Faith is knowing (having knowledge) and believing (acting on that knowledge).
I’ve been with people going through a difficult circumstance who have said when I have asked them how they are doing and they respond, “I’m believing God, Pastor.” I always ask “What exactly are you believing about God?” “Faith is based on knowledge of God’s will (His Word is His Will) and putting your faith in God, or believing, is believing what He said. What part of what He said are you believing?”
Sometimes life gets very busy and we just go along for awhile being harassed, nagged, or bothered by a certain issue or circumstance, hoping it will disappear but yet not be actively believing anything to change it. We haven’t gone to God’s Word, found a specific Scripture that is a promise of our covenant or fact of our redemption, and release our faith in prayer (Mark 11:24). We can even be expecting God to do something or waiting on God to move in our situation but not actively believe anything from God’s Word. We passively wait for God to do something but He is waiting on us to believe something. It is BELIEVING that:
- MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
- BRINGS THE POWER OF GOD
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
- MANIFESTS THE PROMISES OF GOD
Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
- RECEIVES THE PERFECT SALVATION OF GOD
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
- FILLS US WITH THE JOY AND PEACE OF GOD
Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.