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Scripture: Belief

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Belief Is Based on Experience, Not Knowledge


BELIEF IS THE ANSWER

New Testament Quotations

“And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” —Matthew 8:13

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” —Mark 9:23

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” —Mark 11:23-24

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” —Mark 16:16

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” —John 1:12

“That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” —John 3:15-16

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” —John 3:18

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” —John 3:36

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” —John 5:24

“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” —John 6:35

“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” —John 6:40

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” —John 6:47

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” —John 11:25

“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” —John 11:26

“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” —John 20:31

“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” —I John 5:1

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” —Romans 1:16


WHAT CONSTITUTES BELIEF ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD?

Do you do works greater than Christ did?

  • Then you do not believe no matter what you claim as His word is true and yours is false.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” —John 14:12


Do you abide in darkness, in unconsciousness, in unawareness?

  • Then you do not believe regardless of what you say as His word is sure and yours is false.

“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” —John 12:46

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” —I John 1:6


Do you cast out devils in the name of Jesus and speak with new languages?

  • Can you handle snakes without harm? Are you immune to poison? Can you heal the sick? If not then you are not a believer no matter what man’s word you rely on to say that you are.

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast our devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” —Mark 16:17-18


Do rivers of living water flow out of your belly?

  • Then despite your words, His words convict you as an unbeliever.

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” —John 7:38


Do you do what Christ said or only speak it?

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” —Matthew 7:21-23

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” —Matthew 7:24

“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” —Matthew 15:8

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” —John 14:15

“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” —John 15:14

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”- —I John 2:3


Do you love other believers?

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” —John 13:35


Do you act like Christ or as other people, as your friends or family?

“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked.”—I John 2:6


Is your belief just of the facts or of the power and glory too?

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” —James 2:19


You have to believe with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength or your belief is no more of value than the belief of devils.

“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” —Matthew 15:8

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” —Mark 12:30


Is your belief just talking?

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” —Matthew 7:21


You must continually keep God’s word in your mind or be lost.

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” —John 8:31

“By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” —I Corinthians 15:2

Your belief cannot be just mental. Your belief must be with your heart and not just your head.

“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” —Matthew 15:8

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” —Romans 10:9


Who do you rely on–things or God when you have trouble?

“That thy children, O Lord, whom thou lovest, might know, that it is not the growing of fruits that nourisheth man: but that it is thy word, which preserveth them that put their trust in thee.” —Wisdom of Solomon 16:26


Do you rely on God or money to solve your problems?

“Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.” —Psalms 52:7

“Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labour: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich.” —Ecclesiasticus 11:21

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” —Jeremiah 17:7


Do you trust God or man?

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” —Psalms 29:25

“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.” —Psalms 32:10

“Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” —Psalms 40:4

“In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” —Psalms 56:11

“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” —Psalms 118:8

“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” —Psalms 146:3

“Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!” —Isaiah 31:1

“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” —Jeremiah 17:5

“Therefore let no man glory in men.” —I Corinthians 3:21


Do you trust dreams or God?

“For dreams have deceived many, and they have failed that put their trust in them.” —Ecclesiasticus 34:7


You cannot believe if you are seeking self-esteem, approval of man.

“How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?” —John 5:44


Your belief must be in God, not self.

  • When you have problems, who do you trust to solve them—self or God?
  • When you have decisions and choices to make, whose word do you turn to for advice–yours, people’s, or God’s?
  • Who do you listen to in your head–God or self?

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” —Romans 7:18


Trust in God.

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” —Psalms 2:12

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” —Psalms 34:8

“O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.” —Psalms 84:12

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” —Jeremiah 17:7

“And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” —John 8:45

“And when he is come, he will reporve the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;” ±John 16:8-9


BELIEVERS DESCRIBED BY THE WORD OF GOD

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast our devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” —Mark 16:17-18

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” —John 7:38-39

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” —John 8:12

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; —-John 8:31

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” —John 10:16

“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” —John 13:17

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” —John 13:35

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father.” —John 14:12

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” —John 14:15

“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” —John 15:14

“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. —-John 15:19

“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” —John 17:14

“By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” —I Corinthians 15:2

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;” —Ephesians 5:1

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” —II Timothy 2:19

“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” —I Peter 4:16

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” —I John 1:6

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” —I John 2:3

“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked.” —I John 2:6

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” —I John 3:1

“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.” —I John 3:13


MODERN CHRISTIANS

  • Christians are too good to be true.
  • Christians are too good to be good.
  • Christians are too good to have to be good.
  • Christians are too good to have to do good.
  • Christians are too good to have to serve the good.

Scriptural reference-organization reprinted from The Seventh Way: How to Live Beyond Self-Concepts by Kevin Everett FitzMaurice © 1990. Reprinted by permission of PalmTree Publishers (now out of print).


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