To Be A Believer

In a prison, a man asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (See Acts16) Their reply was simple; to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. It really does sound over simplistic to simply believe, yet, that is the beauty of Christianity. To be a believer, you must simply believe. Belief is a choice. It is an activity of not just the mind, but also the mind, the heart, and the spirit. Belief is like taking a leap of faith. First, you choose to believe and then Christ will show up with the goods, the foundation of our choice to believe. One major operation of the Person of the Holy Spirit is to bolster our faith when we choose to believe. He gives us the power to become the sons and daughters of God. In addition, He goes even further to help us in our quest.

There is the quality of belief that He enables us to have. Mark chapter 11 and verse 22-24 is a prime example. “Have faith in God,” we are told. The Greek language gives us even a deeper insight to what is at our disposal. The phrase Echo Pistos Theos Literally means to “have the faith of God. Wow, commanded by Jesus, we are to have God’s KIND of faith. It stands to reason that if God commands us to have his kind of faith, that He would enable us to have it. So, we simply must ask our Father and expect to receive, which is the other part of the verse in Mark. Whatever, we are told, we ask for, if we believe we receive we will have what we ask; that is, the kind of faith we are asking for. This pleases our Father in Heaven when we ask to be like Him. What parent wouldn’t be pleased when asked by their child to be like them?

Then there is the obedience word. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that those who would please God must believe that He is and that He rewards those who believe. The rewards are many, when based upon quality of life and faith. When we seek the right things of God, He opens the windows of heaven, even during tough times.

Then there is Jesus. “Do not let your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The Words, which I speak to you, I do not speak from myself, but the Father who abides in Me, He does the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me; but if not, believe Me because of the works themselves. Indeed, I tell you truly, the one believing into me, the works which I do, that one shall do also, and greater than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you may ask in My Name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:1, 10-13

We are told that we have control over the trouble in our hearts, even though life may not be going that easily. He is giving us a lesson here on abiding. The fact that he tells us that the Father is in Him and he in the father is alluding to the fact that they, with all the quality of the Godhead, will abide in us. Now that is a real reason to choose faith and to believe. Some one said that seeing is believing, but in this case it is not. Asking to be indwelt by the faith giving God is trusting and obedience; and that leads to becoming spirit filled which then tells us internally that we are believers. We believe because our hearts are convinced and then our fickle, human minds can line up with the reality already inside us. I call this the Innerstream. Check out Ephesians chapter three:

Eph 3:16 “that He may give you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; Eph 3:17 so that Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,”

Wow, want to believe? Simply choose to do so and see what happens.

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About Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

Disciple of Jesus Christ with a Progressive Message, Author, Franciscan Friar, Musician, Social Activist, and Urban Missionary View all posts by Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

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