What About Believing?

What do we understand “believing” to mean? “Believing, for many people, may be the most misunderstood word in the Bible! Many understand that “believing” is to believe that Christ died for our sins. He did! How do we know that? In I Corinthians 15:3, we are told, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” How do we know that the Bible is dependable? If we are going to trust it, we had better have good reasons to do so! It would behoove us to “study up” on how we can be sure that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. If it is only based on the shifting thoughts of man, we have no hope beyond the grave! Careful and thorough study of our Bibles will satisfy all but the most hardened doubters that it is the inspired revelation of God to man. Here’s the catch: simply believing the facts of Holy Scripture can lead us to salvation but can’t save us. We must first “believe” the facts and then act on them! How do we act on the facts? The facts point to a Person, Jesus. To believe in Him means that, based on the facts of the Bible, we trust Him as Savior and Lord. We open our lives to Him, to take them over and reign in them. This kind of saving faith is not a worked up “feeling.” It is a determined decision! We believe no matter what. Doubts will come and failures may discourage, but we go on believing even when we don’t understand and when nothing seems to make sense. This is what real trust means. We trust Him for salvation and we trust Him to master, control and shape our lives. True faith is not conditional; it is a settled, lifetime, irrevocable commitment!  “I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus — no turning back, no turning back.” (From the Gospel song, “I Have Decided to follow Jesus, Attributed to an Indian prince) The Apostle John, in I John 2:19, put it this way, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us.” Selah! We will experience doubts; we will fail at times, we will feel like giving up. However, we are committed for life! “Feelings” will tempt us to give up. Nevertheless, for those who have trusted Him, there is no turning back! Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 


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