Belief is not belief unless you act like what you say you believe. Until then, its just knowledge. Knowledge of the truth indeed, but still it’s just knowledge. And knowledge of Gods word doesn’t get you results. Belief does.
He said He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do you believe that or do you know that? Knowing it will not set you free from loneliness and depression. Believing it will.
His word says “By His stripes you were healed”. Do you believe that or do you know that? Knowing it will not bring healing to you. Believing it will keep you healthy.
His word says “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed”. Do you believe that or do you know that? Knowing it will not set you free from sinful habits, bondage's and addictions. Believing it will set you free.
His word says “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory”. Do you believe that or do you know that? Knowing it will not make you abundantly supplied and generous. Believing it will.
His word says “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. Do you believe that or do you know that? Knowing it will not remove guilt and self condemnation. Believing it will set you free.
His word says “He has given us ALL things pertaining to life and godliness”. Do you believe that or do you know that? Knowing it will not make a difference in your life, but believing it will cause you to walk in confidence.
We Christians have plenty of knowledge of the truth, but we don’t really believe because we are accustomed to believing only what we see and experience in the flesh. Isn’t that being carnal? We are called to walk by faith and not by sight.
The disciples couldn’t cast the demon out and when they asked Jesus about it, His answer was “ because of your unbelief”.
Jesus said “He came to give us life and life more abundantly”. Did He or didn't He? If He did (which of course He did), then we ought to be living that life isn't it?
In conclusion, you will only experience a joyful and wonderful life in the areas where you believe the gospel message. If you really believe that By His stripes you were healed, but don’t believe He has set you free from all bondage's, then you will always be able to use your faith and fight off sicknesses but will struggle with sinful habits. If you believe that His blood has cleansed you from all unrighteousness, but you don’t believe He supplies all your needs, then you will never feel condemned or guilty, but you will struggle with being generous and therefore be in lack struggling to make ends meet. If you believe Christ is Lord, but don’t believe Christ has become your wisdom, then you’ll be an awesome worshiper, but will mostly find yourself making wrong choices and wrong decisions. Am sure you get the point..
Believe the gospel message in its entirety brothers and sisters, and enjoy the abundant life He has given you. Because belief is not belief unless you act like what you say you believe. Until then, its just knowledge.
I was radically transformed by the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ back in 1997 in a most unusual way and unusual place. Read my testimony here. Over the years I have come to realize a few basic truths that have altered my life.
True freedom is freedom from self-centeredness. Dying to yourself, your wants, your desires and to what gives you pleasure for the sake of others is more liberating than you think.