DO YOU BELIEVE ME?

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DO YOU BELIEVE ME?

Today I’d like to start by asking a simple question. Do you watch the news? Why do you or do you not watch the news? If you watch the news, I’d guess it’s because you want or need to keep up with world events. If you don’t watch the news, I don’t think I’d be far off if I said that you avoid it because world events can get rather depressing. But how many of you do not watch the news because you don’t believe the news?

Silly question, I know, but think about it. How do we know that what is reported is true? Were you there? Was the news anchor there? And given the number of hoaxes that have been exposed, hoaxes which had, hither to, caused panic amongst a significant proportion of the local population in which it was circulated; why is it that we are still so ready to accept what others tell us?

But what if I told you right now that you could lead a stress free, worry free life, just by believing in Jesus? What if I told you that there was nothing else you had to do to merit eternal life, only believe in Jesus? What if I told you that just by believing in Jesus, you could have absolute certainty that you would be heading to Heaven when this world ends for you and while you are on the way, He will protect and provide for you? Would you believe me? Alright, I know, I’m human, I’m fallible; but no more than your most trusted news reporters. But let’s say that there is a reason for you not to believe me. Would you trust the word of God? Strangely enough, trusting God is tough, isn’t it? But why?

Think about it, if I asked you who was more powerful, man or God? Answer would be God. If I asked you who had more control over life and its circumstance, man or God? Answer would be God. If I asked you who you would trust more? Hmmm…

“If we accept [as we do] the testimony of men [if we are willing to take human authority], the testimony of God is greater (of stronger authority), for this is the testimony of God, even the witness which He has borne regarding His Son.” 1 John 5:9 [AMPC]

This is so logically true, isn’t it? After all, God our Father is, the creator of Heaven and Earth. Yet, when times get tough, trust gets even more difficult. Trust is easy when things are going well. Trust is easy when you’ve got money in the bank. Trust is easy when your business is flourishing. Trust is easy when your promotions are coming hard and fast. But what about the ruts? Trust suddenly disappears faster than the morning mist once the money runs low, once the customers stop turning up at the door and once you get passed over for promotion. But isn’t that the very moment when trust is actually needed? I hate to say this, but the Devil was actually right when he said,

“So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”” Job 1:9-11

When things are going well, is there a need to trust? When your bank account is full and your business is booming, honestly, is your trust in God, or in your other safety nets? If God fails you when you are on cloud nine, that’s fine, isn’t it; because your resources are still there. Is that trust then?

Yet, when things get rough, when times are hard, when nothing makes sense, we can truly trust in Jesus because think about the implications if He was to be found untrustworthy. Indeed,

“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 [AMPC]

“For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.” 1 John 5:7-8

So “He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.” 1 John 5:10

In not so eloquent terms, your gut, which tells you that there must be a God somewhere; that same gut, which tells you that that God must be all powerful and in charge of all things, that gut is that which bears witness in yourself when you believe in Jesus. That little voice is not a figment of your imagination. That little voice that leads you to do things that gets you out of trouble; that leads you to help the very people you never expected you would; that same voice is the manifestation of the Spirit in you, leading you and guiding you on the path that you should go, for Jesus told us that,

“…the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” John 14:26 [AMPC]

So if you don’t trust that voice when it leads you to good, you are in effect calling the Spirit, one third of the Triune God, a liar.

But what if your gut tells you to sin? Does it mean that the Spirit is telling me to sin? Of course not. Have you watched cartoons? Have you seen the angel on one side and the devil on the other? That’s exactly what is happening. For though when you believe in Jesus, the Spirit is in you,

“sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you,” Genesis 4:7 [AMP]

Because Satan is constantly asking excessively that all who believe be given up to him and taken out of the power and keeping of God, that he might sift all of us like grain (Luke 22:31). So what happens then?

“We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].
We know [positively] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] is under the power of the evil one.” 1 John 5:18 [AMPC]

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5

Jesus, who is in you, will sort out the devil who is trying to get a hold of you, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

So the tougher life gets, the rougher the road becomes, the more we can trust Jesus’ testimony.

“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:11-12

It is as simple as that. For as John says,

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13

And when we believe in Jesus,

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15

For Jesus Himself said,

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Beloved, faith is difficult. But life without faith is even worse. For faith gives us hope because

“…faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” Hebrews 11:1 [AMPC]

That is why Jesus said,

“Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed and adhered to and trusted and relied on Me.” John 20:29 [AMPC]

Indeed,

“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19 [AMPC]

And in the end, it doesn’t really matter if or not you believe me. Believe the Spirit that is in you. Believe the Spirit as He speaks to you, for He is, right now and in each and every day, teaching you all things and causing you to recall all that Jesus has taught you. So believe in The One whom you know is greater than all and let Him guide, protect and provide for you each and every day of your life.

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