You don’t have to see to believe.
37 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has The Arm of The Lord been revealed?” (John 12)
So much of who we are is shaped by our beliefs. With all the information we get, we can choose what to believe and what to discount. Our attitude, lifestyle, religion, relationships and routines are patterned after our beliefs. Everyone believes in some facts, ideas or someone. Once we are convinced about something, it becomes difficult to change our thinking or behavior. So we should ensure that our convictions are founded on time-tested truth.
After these things the Word of The Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I Am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” 2 But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”
4 And behold, the Word of The Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” 5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 And he believed in The Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15).
Abram received the Word from The Lord, spoken directly to him by God, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I Am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” When God speaks that settles it. Ask God to establish this promise to you as He did Abram. God is your shield so no fiery darts can get to you, before they go through Him; don’t fear weapons that are trained at you. God is your great reward, not just any reward, but a princely, handsome reward. He is more than all the accolades and achievements you can attain. As He was to Abram then, He is to us today. You have a great reward that is matchless to everything this world can offer.
Upon hearing this, Abram wanted God to do something about his lineage. He was advancing in his years and had no children. He had given up hope of having descendants. He asked God to bless him through his servant’s heir. God is not limited by age or time; He promised Abram innumerable descendants, even at his old age. Abram believed God and it became his righteousness. Believe God with expectancy and gratitude. Believe in all that He has spoken even though there’s still no evidence of it. Righteousness is believing God’s Truth and living by it.
2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children. 3 And the Angel of The Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4 Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drinks, and not to eat anything unclean. 5 For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
22 And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, because we have seen God!” 23 But his wife said to him, “If The Lord had desired to kill us, He would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering from our hands, nor would He have shown us all these things, nor would He have told us such things as these at this time.” 24 So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and The Lord blessed him. 25 And The Spirit of The Lord began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol (Judges 13).
The Angel of The Lord spoke to Manoah’s wife while she was by herself. He told her, who had been barren, that she would conceive a son. He set the scene for her and she believed. The Angel appeared a second time in the presence of her husband, who did not believe his wife, when she had retailed the encounter. The Angel of The Lord told Manoah to do as He had directed his wife. He then went up in the flame of the sacrifice that they had offered to God.
Manoah was more convinced of his death than the life that was promised through him. Are you more convinced of your pessimism than the Will of God? We are probably not going to run into The Angel of God, but God can plant clues, goals, and ideas in our thoughts that may seem impossible. If a door of opportunity opens, we must enter it in prayer and faith, and trust God to order our steps. Just as Manoah’s wife was instructed, we too must seek God’s Wisdom at every turn. She was able to see what was promised even when Manoah couldn’t. Sometimes, we don’t need validation from those we trust; we only need to cling to the hope of God’s Word. She bore Samson, who was filled with The Spirit of God, for God’s Purpose—to deliver the Israelites from their enemies, the Philistines. Every belief has an established purpose. Hold firm and don’t let another’s misgivings detract from the hope of realizing God’s Will.
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and The Power of The Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One Who is to be born will be called The Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of The Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told to her from The Lord.” (Luke 1)
Those who choose to believe what God tells them choose to be used by God to fulfill what He has declared. If Mary had doubted that she would carry The Son of God in her and bring Him into the world, what would have become of Israel, and the world? Those who believe allow God to do marvelous works through them. For nothing is impossible with God to those who believe. They have no doubts about God’s Word or His capacity to accomplish it. To prove to Mary that what she was told would come to pass, the angel revealed to her that her cousin Elizabeth, who’s clock had run out, was six months pregnant. Mary surrendered to God’s Will. Blessed are those who believe what God has revealed to them. They will see the fulfillment of those things because they have not doubted. Only those who have faith will be used to do wonders that change the course of history, for generations to come. God blesses those who are willing to conceive His Promise.
14 How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent?
As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by The Word of God. 18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the Earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” (Romans 10)
Again and again, we see it is all about the Word of God, and not the acts of God that prevail on the hearts of people. The Word of God spoken by His angels, prophets, and ordinary people is the only evidence of The True God. Miracles, signs and wonders do not stimulate faith. People only call on the One they have believed. They will only believe what is spoken of God, by God and those He sends. Preachers, be diligent to do one thing: speak The Word of God. Nothing else you present on the pulpit will change the hearts and minds of the people. No flowery displays on screens, or regaling with stories will do. Faith only comes from hearing The Word of God. God’s Word has already gone out to many parts of the world, and those who choose to believe will receive the Gospel that transforms their thinking, life and soul, for eternity.
10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received The Word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men (Acts 17).
Those who preach are not responsible for how others hear and what they do with The Word. They are responsible for what they preach. Good listeners are apt to listen and learn. The people of Berea received The Word with all readiness, that is with avid expectancy. Not only did they receive it, but they verified it for themselves, to be as written. Don’t just take the preacher’s words for it, read The Scriptures for yourself and make sure that you have the full context and understanding. The Spirit of God, The Spirit of Truth, will open your spiritual understanding, and illuminate the relevance of God’s Word to life’s issues. Many from Berea believed because they searched The Scripture daily for themselves. Read The Word daily, as if searching for treasure, with the intention of gaining something valuable for your life.
44 Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him Who sent Me. 45 And he who sees Me sees Him Who sent Me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My Words, has that which judges him—the Word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.” (John 12)
The Lord Jesus said categorically that whoever believes in God must believe in Him. The two are not mutually exclusive. No one can claim to believe in God and deny The Son, Jesus, Who came as The Son of Man. He and The Father are One. He said if they saw Him, they saw The Father. God’s Word is as Good as The Words of The Lord Jesus. Christ came to die for our sins; He came to save us. He will come again as The Judge, because He is The Word of God—The One sent to speak, teach and compel all to be reconciled to God. He is The Word that will judge everyone who has rejected Him and His Words on the day of judgment. If you believe in The Lord, and are obedient to His Words, you are acknowledging the existence of The True God and Heavenly Father.
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen The Lord. ”So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20)
Here’s a command from The Lord: Do not be unbelieving, but believing. What evidence do you need to believe in The Savior, Lord and God? Thomas denied Christ’s resurrection, even though Christ had told them He would rise on the third day. These disciples lived at a momentous time; they walked with The Lord, were taught by Him, watched Him heal the sick and raise the dead. Yet they could not believe that He could rise from the dead.
We have not seen The Lord as Thomas saw, nor touched His scars from the nails and the side that was pierced. We have believed, yet we have not seen The Lord. Blessed are those who don’t need signs or evidence to believe. Take Scripture for all that it is and believe it, all of it. Don’t believe, like Thomas, dribs and drabs—the miracles which you can only see. All that has been written about God from Genesis to Revelations is Gospel Truth.
19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9)
This father’s son was tormented and afflicted by a demonic spirit. The disciples were unable to cast out the spirit, when the father came to The Lord. The Lord rebuked His disciples for being faithless. How long does The Lord have to put up with followers who have no faith in His Power! Feel the grief and frustration in The Lord’s Words. Doubt is offensive to God.
The father of the boy asked The Lord, if He could do anything, to have compassion. He wasn’t sure Christ could do anything that His disciples were incapable of; if His disciplines were unable to heal the man’s son, then how could The Lord? Just because a fellow Christian doesn’t get their prayer answered doesn’t mean your similar prayer is not going to be answered, having petitioned God for a long while. If there’s an ounce of doubt, call out to God and ask Him to help you to fully believe. Like this father, some may believe in God, but they have a hard time believing He can do great things. If you and I can believe in God for anything, all things will be possible because we believe.
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11)
When we have faith in God and believe that He can move great mountains for us—He can do what no human can do for us— we will have what we have asked. Pray by believing you have already received. This verse is not telling us that we have the ability to command creation to do our bidding. The Lord said that when we ask, in prayer, with boldness, confidence and faith for the humanly impossible, we will receive because we have believed. Ask according to God’s Power and His Will. Nothing, as The Lord said, will be impossible for those who ask God in faith; not because of their own abilities, but God’s.
22 “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the Earth! For I Am God, and there is no other. 23 I have sworn by Myself; The Word has gone out of My Mouth in Righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. 24 He shall say, ‘Surely in The Lord I have righteousness and strength.’ To Him men shall come, and all shall be ashamed who are incensed against Him.” (Isaiah 45)
God beckons everyone on the face of the Earth to believe in Him, for their Salvation. Those who believe in The Lord are made righteous in Him, and in Him they have strength. He affirms that He is The Only True God and there’s none else that compares to Him. He speaks and accomplishes what He declares. He has promised that everyone will fall on their knees before Him and proclaim Him to be God. Whether we learn to do that now or deny Him, we will all fall prostrate before Almighty God. We must as well get with the program now. All those who are offended by Him will never succeed in their attempts to deny Him.
10 “You are My witnesses,” says The Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I Am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. 11 I, even I, Am The Lord, and besides Me there is no savior. 12 I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you. Therefore, you are My witnesses,” says The Lord, “that I Am God.” (Isaiah 43)
If you believe in God, it’s because He has chosen you as His servant to know Him and to understand that He is God. It is no work of your own, but His Divine Will that those who He chooses will become His witnesses. This is our calling: to know God, believe in Him and to become witnesses of Who He is. Take this to heart and grasp the significance of your very existence. We live out our roles daily as witnesses and servants of God. No one can preach about one that they have not believed in. No one gets to live life without a set of beliefs.
Believe in God and The Lord Jesus Christ. Believe in His Words and do not be one who needs signs to believe. Blessed is the one who has believed because they will conceive God’s Promise. Do not be unbelieving; but put your faith in God and pray with gratitude and expectation. It will be done for you as you have believed in God’s Power and Faithfulness. Don’t depend on others’ validation to believe what God has revealed to you.
We are His witnesses because we have been chosen to believe and to live according to His Truth and Righteousness in Christ, The Lord. We look forward each day to see God use us for His Marvelous works that will change the future generations, as we become part of His Plan. He is God and there is no other savior.
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men (Titus 3).