(A) Jesus said to her (Martha), “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”- John 11:40
(B) I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. – Mark 11:24
(A) Believe first then you see.
(B) Believe first then you will receive.
Faith, belief, and trust are all translated from the same root in Greek in the NT, some form of ‘pistis’. Whereas, unbelief, doubt, etc, are all derived from the same with the prefix a-.
Is Believe = Faith?
You must be believe that something must exist in order for you to believe.
Faith is putting something you believe and trust in. You can’t believe in something you do not have faith in, right?
Believe = accept (receive favorably) as the truth, whether have proof or no proof
Faith = act upon this belief (the truth, whether have proof or no proof) even though you do not see
When you believe in a lie, you will naturally inclined towards it.
Having faith means, you need supernatural power to overcome this belief which is a lie.
Consequentially, when you believe in the truth, you will naturally act upon it. Having faith means, it is a spiritual empowerment for believing this truth when you have yet to see the result.
Imagine yourself going to perform an acrobat- treading on a thin rope. You were told that all safety precautions have been taken care of, including a pool of people stationed below to stand by should you trip. You believe the professionals have done their part. You believe you can do it after rounds of practice. You trust that the rope will not snap and that the people below will catch you when you fall. You have faith that all will be well. (It will be good if you put God in the picture.)
Take Home Points……
For belief to be faith, it must act on what is true, irrespective of circumstances nor how you feel. So, what do you believe in? That is where you have to realise where do you place your faith in: Yourself, others or God? Because the object of your faith will determine the outcome.
You call yourself a believer because you believe there is God right?
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? – Romans 10:14A
So how about what God promises in His Word, do you truly believe?
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”- John 14:1
When you know the truth, the truth will set you free (John 8:32). Because you know it is the truth, it is up to you to believe. But when you believe, then you can have faith even if you can’t see anything yet. The key emphasis here is BELIEVE. Knowledge processes in our mind; Believe comes from the heart (Romans 10:10); Faith comes from hearing, when you hear, you can choose to believe or not (act upon what you believe in), consequentially, your faith depends on what you believe in.
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”- John 20:29
And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; – Mark 16:17
Unbelief is a heart issue: The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. Humble ourselves: Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”- Mark 9:24
- You have been seeking God about something, but somehow over time you have stop believing or praying… Identify the cause.
- How or what do you think you should do in order to see different result on what you are seeking for this year
- Take an inventory of your spiritual health: Identify the areas that you fall short of so that you can overcome.