A True Believer

This morning we were reminded there is a God.  Let’s consider the true believer.  By believing on the God of the Bible, we believe the true God and his Son Jesus Christ.  We choose not to believe the lies of the devil.  I want to do more than believe in God; I want to believe him.

People, regardless of race or social status, are either believers or unbelievers.  When we believed the only begotten Son of God and called on him we received the power of Jesus Christ.  When Jesus was here sometimes he healed from a distance.  Others were searched out by him and some he searched people out.  Each time he’d say their faith made them whole.  To be a true believer is to act like one and then act on that belief.  People who are lost swallow the lies of Satan and use their faith to believe their faith to believe those lies.  Before we were saved, we followed the wrong way.  When we turned our faith to Jesus it was because we heard the truth.  The seed was sown.  We shut off faith from the lie and turned it to God.

To believe the Lord and his Word to that extent took us from unbeliever to believer.  It turned our life around.  Faith—don’t consider it as nothing.  Without faith it is impossible to continue on with God.  It is more valuable than gold or health or physical ability.  I’d rather die young with faith in God than to live a century and die and go to hell.

James 1:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

We have to be reminded.  After being saved a while sometimes we put emphasis on other things.  We can almost quote the Christmas and Easter stories by heart.  They get so familiar we take them for granted.  If everyone would take God as serious as they used to, churches would be full.  We have no reason for weak faith.  We can’t blame God for it.  Sometimes we become indifferent and God sends a storm our way to remind us to trust him.  Make it real.  Have a faith that shows and is shared.  Don’t have a ritual.  Be a genuine believer.

The early church had it.  We haven’t walked with Jesus as they did, but he sent us the Comforter.  Jesus is counting on us.  He’s put faith in us or he wouldn’t have died for us.  Be a real believer.  Trust him with a belief that has substance.  I can say all day long that I believe and still not.  Quit listening to the devil and start listening to God. People tell me they read their Bible and pray every day and yet you can’t get them to church.  We don’t lead the Lord around.  We need to let our light shine and if we hide it under the bed at home, it won’t.  Your Savior died for you.  Do you believe it?  He now sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.  We need to show him to others.

I’ve been saved 45 years but I still need my Savior now as much as I did that night.  We have enough if we direct our faith to the Lord.  Be a believer that acts on your faith.  Jesus took a few biscuits and fish and fed thousands.  Give him what little bit you have and Jesus can use it.  Don’t re-think it.  Think more on it.  Put your faith in Jesus like you should.  Do you need him to do something for you?  We all do.  We won’t get anywhere if we starve our faith.

Who is most important in our salvation experience?  It’s Jesus.  What’s keeping us from believing him with all our heart?  Let’s give it all over to God.  He’ll take care of it.  Do you want to believe?  Well, let’s do it.  Believe to the point of acting on it.  Act like a believer.

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