Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Believing God’s Word makes things possible that men say are impossible. Mark 9:23 says, “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” We receive from God through believing what He says in His Word. Some interesting things about believing:
- GOD ALLOWS MAN TO DECIDE WHAT HE WILL BELIEVE
We can believe wrong and believe a lie/He won’t force us to believe His Word.
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he (Thomas) said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
He didn’t force Thomas to believe but he was basing his belief only on what he could feel and see. We are not blessed when we believe like that. John 20:29 says, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
- EVERY PERSON BELIEVES SOMETHING
Romans 3:3 says, “For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” Even unbelief is a belief for those that in this verse, “…did not believe…” the Gospel. They did believe something. It is a belief in sense knowledge over spiritual knowledge. Unbelief is a belief in something other than God’s Word. All of your life you will believe something; and without knowing it, you may have more belief in your doubts than in the Word of God. You can be an unbelieving believer. Think about these:
- Even an atheist believes something. It is a belief that there is no God.
- Even discouragement involves a belief. It is a belief that there is no hope and every loss is final.
- Even frustration has elements of belief in it. It is a belief you have been stopped and it is all over because your goal has been blocked or forward progress cannot be achieved.
- Even anxiety is a belief. It is a belief about the future: that something bad will happen or something good will not happen.
- Even fear is a belief. It is a belief in a lie or false evidence appearing real.
We are believing something all the time but it may not be the truth of God’s Word.
- EVERY PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (the saved).
Revelation 20:11-12 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works (the unsaved).
Jesus delegated authority (Matthew 28:18) and responsibility to all who believe (Mark 16:15) but along with that is accountability where we will give an account to Him.
- YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL IF A PERSON’S BELIEVING IS RIGHT BY WHAT HE SAYS AND HOW HE ACTS.
2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Faith, though it is an invisible spiritual force, can be seen in our words and actions.
Examine yourself (2 Corinthians 13:5) to see if you truely believe God’s Word or are simply mentally assenting; that is, agreeing His Word is true but not actually exercising your faith in it.