By Sunday Joseph Adenuga
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever BELIEVES in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3: 16.
What is in ‘believing’ Jesus that makes it very important? Why is God’s only demand that simple? In another place the Bible says that, “whosoever believeth in Him shall not be put to shame.” In fact Christians are called believers because, in all the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this word seem to be the strongest. When Jesus was commissioning the disciples, in the book of Mark 16:15-17, we read,
“ Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that BELIEVETH and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be. And these signs shall follow them that BELIEVE: In my name they shall cast out demons; they shall speak in tongues…”
The emphasis in the above passage as in all scripture is believe, the signs shall follow those who believe. These signs are the manifestation of the power of GOD; the power will come upon, and follow only those who believe. Many times, if not in all cases, the only requirement of Jesus from those seeking healing was this, “only believe”. He was always quoted as saying, “be not afraid, only believe”, or “weep no more”; this was said to the widow whose only son just died. And in another situation He said, “If thou canst believe thou shall see the glory of God”.
What is in believing that makes it so thick?
When everybody was pressing hard on Jesus, nothing happened to any of them, but a woman came with faith or believe, that if she could only touch the tip or helm of His cloth, she would be healed. This simple act of believe brought her healing from the Master Healer, the Lord of the universe, Jesus Christ the Anointed One. The force of this faith or believe drew out this virtue or power from the Lord. Many people fast and pray but could not get the job done, but when there is a heartfelt believe or faith, the miracle is always on the scene. Why is ‘believing’ so important? We read in Mark 11: 23,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass he shall have whatsoever he says.
The Holy Spirit opened my understanding to know that the art of believing is the major difference between a successful man and a failure. Faith is the only difference between somebody who receives answer to his prayers and the one who do not. This same faith in God is the only difference between a saint and a sinner. Do you know that nobody will go to hell because of sins like adultery, stealing, killing, etc? People will go to hell because they have refused to believe the son of God, they refuse to believe the testimony of God that have enough power to liberate them from the power of such sins like adultery, stealing, killing, etc.
Please understand this today, it will help you, faith is a very deep and important concept of life. Believing touches the very heart of man, which is the core or center of man; faith is very spiritual, and we are spirit beings. Friend, the only avenue by which we can browse the spiritual realm is through our faith.
Faith in something has a far-reaching effect on man that last beyond this material time and realm. Have you ever seen or heard of a notorious man, maybe an armed robber, or a hard drug addict who gave his life to Jesus Christ? You see the change; it’s so obvious; that change came about because of simple faith in Jesus; that faith has changed his life and destiny. The reason is very simple to understand, you see, the faith touches his heart; your heart is your spirit, your spirit is the real you. Anything that has the power to change the real you can change everything around you: and that thing is faith. Faith flows out from your heart, your spirit and it is capable of changing everything around you called your circumstances.