A shepherd boy killing a giant with a sling shot on the first try…

A man thrown into a lion’s den, yet, alive three days later…

Three men cast into a furnace but not consumed by the flames…

A city collapses by the sound of a trumpet blast…

About a million people walking through a sea on dry land with an army pursuing them…

Who would believe that?!!!! Yet, the chorus of this song says that Christians do…

 

“I believe, every line every word
I believe, every story I’ve heard
Written on the pages, is the truth of the ages
And it’s changing me, I believe”

 

Some read the Word of God and say, “Those type of miracles aren’t possible.” Or, they will agree with some of what the Bible says, but deny the tricky passages…like Jonah being swallowed by a whale and the creation of the world in seven (24 hour) days. Now a days, it seems harder and harder to get a group of Believers together and agree on what the Word of God means. There are some portions that are difficult to figure out, I’ll agree, but, instead of raising the question, “What does Scripture say/mean?” – maybe, we should be asking, “Am I willing to believe what it says, even if I don’t understand it?”

“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” – John 20:29

Here is a perfect example of what we’re talking about, in John chapter 9, Christ casts an unclean spirit out of a boy by request of the lad’s father. The passage is too long to quote, but here are some verses to help us understand what happened…

17 – “And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit.”

20 – “And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.”

21 – “And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.” 23 – “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

24 – “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.”

For a moment, let’s put ourselves in the father’s shoes. Your son has been dumb since his birth, you have to watch his every move because an unclean spirit possess him also, and you don’t want him to hurt himself. Suddenly, rumors spread that a Teacher is coming to town who can heal any disease. The father obviously had a reason to be interested in Jesus Christ, don’t you think? After all, He could save his son’s life! On the other hand, the father most likely never saw anything close to what Jesus was doing in his lifetime – the Lord touched someone and immediately they were made whole! I’m sure it would have been way too easy to label those testimonies as over exaggerated gossip! Did this man really have any reason to believe that Jesus could heal his son? Absolutely, and it’s because of this – all around him, lives were changing before his eyes.

We all know the story, Christ healed the boy – but look at what the Lord said to the father, and what the father said to the Lord, right before the healing. Christ says, “All things are possible to him that believeth.” – And the father says, “Lord, I believe – help thou mine unbelief.”

The father admitted that there was a portion of unbelief in the back of his mind. We don’t know the specifics, only the Lord does, but the important part is this: he was willing to believe even though he still had questions. Even though it may not have made sense. He believed.

So the question is this: are you willing to believe even if you don’t understand it all? Can we say, “Lord, I don’t know how everything in this beautiful world was created in seven days, but I believe that You have the power to do it.” “Lord, I don’t get how a man could be swallowed by a whale, then puked up on dry land a few days later and live to tell about it – but I believe You preserved Jonah‘s life.” “Lord, it doesn’t make sense that a mere kid could kill a giant with one stone – but I believe You fought the battle that day.”

Maybe we don’t have a problem with accepting the Word of God as divine truth – there could be other area’s in our lives that could use a good dose of belief. Perhaps our struggle is with a relationship, or trouble at school, work, a financial issue, anything! No matter what it is we can cast it on the Lord saying, “I believe You can fix this.”

“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” – Matthew 21:22

Do we really have a reason to believe every line and every word that the Lord had written down for us? Absolutely! It is because lives are being changed before our very eyes with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” – 1 John 5:10

May everyone who thinks on these things sing with conviction, “I believe!”

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” – Galatians 2:16

 

Author: lynnschronicles

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