Did you know there are two types of believing?
Yes, two! There is the positive and the negative. There is faith and fear. This world is riddled with rivers of fear and the tide sweeps us along unless we believe something else.
What is the purpose of believing? Why do we need to believe anything at all? Why can’t we just coast along and let the river of fear’s tide take us where it will?
God gave us freewill. Freewill allows us a choice. We are not robots, we are not mindless slaves, we have a choice of what we want to believe. Once we’ve decided what, then “believing” helps us put power behind that choice.
All believing equals receiving. This means that if you believe, you will receive. Believing is an action word, so is receiving. First, before you can believe (take that action step), you must know what is available, how to receive it, what to do with it once you have it. You must have your needs and wants parallel and you also must, must, must understand that God’s willingness is equal to His ability. To read more about these powerful steps read the posts listed below.
- What is the Power of Prayer?
- How can I get a miracle?
- Procedure is No laughing matter
- Tipping the Scales in Prayer
- The Final Blow to the Devil
- How to: Put Fuel in Your Prayer Rocket
Let’s go to an illustration in the Word, Mark 3:1
“And he (Jesus Christ) entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they (the religious leaders) watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.” vs. 1-2
(On a side note: Why were they going to accuse Jesus? He was about to heal someone on the wrong day of the week. Really?? That seems petty and childish in the face of a man’s complete healing, wholeness and deliverance. How petty do these accusations seem? Well, imagine a surgeon on his way to save a man’s life, but a team of people try to stop him because he’s wearing the wrong kind of shoes. If someone comes out accusing you for doing a work of the Holy Spirit, you need to be like that surgeon or Jesus, in this illustration. Did Jesus let them stop him?)
“3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. 4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. 5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand.” vs. 3-5
Did the man with the withered hand know what was available? YES. He knew, and he heard Jesus say stretch forth thine hand with authority from God, not the pharisees. He decided to believe Jesus’s word, rather than the fear of the Pharisees. How did that believing work out for him?
“And he stretched [it] out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” vs. 6
He was healed.
He had freewill. He had to choose to stretch forth his hand in spite of the accusations flying around him from the Pharisees. He chose and he was healed.
In our lives, we all have a choice but it is our believing action that puts the power behind the choice. Have you been praying to God for a change? Have you been praying for a need? Then decide what to believe and then believe by taking that action step.
God bless you today!