Do you really believe?
January 10, 2011
The following Scriptures are the most quoted and some of the most powerful words ever written or spoken. Sometimes they are so familiar we hardly pay attention when we hear them. We should be very careful not the let this happen.
John 3:14-18, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
The word “believe” is taken from the Greek word pisteuo. The Complete Biblical Library defines believe as a verb meaning have faith in, be convinced of, trust, rely on, have confidence in.
What does it mean to believe? Does it mean we believe Jesus lived, was crucified on a cross, or rose from the dead? I know people who believe those things, but there is no indication it has any effect on their lives. What is missing? In order for our belief to have fruit consistent with the promises, we must receive what Jesus accomplished on the cross and apply it to our lives. We must move from a knowledge about Jesus to knowing Him personally.
Trusting Him with our eternal life is only the beginning. He wants us to trust Him with our daily lives as well. As we trust, we grow, as we grow we bear fruit.
John 1:10-13, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
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It is fairly easy to believe that Jesus lived. As we have witnessed, pretty much the whole world acknowledged the existence of Jesus by celebrating 2011 the year of our Lord.
It is critical we have confidence in Him. Ask yourself: Do I really believe? Has believing changed my life? Is there a lack of new direction, lack of a changed mind, lack of a changed heart? Can we see a measurable difference? He is worthy of our trust.
II Timothy 1:12, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day.”
If you don’t know for sure, make sure. Nothing is more important.
Pastor Leo Kruger of Valley Christian Fellowship is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.