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The Mystery of Belief

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5 March 2024

Believing is a strong and persuasive conviction of the power and ability of Almighty God. ‘Believe’ and ‘faith’ are commonly interchangeably used to mean the same thing. In Hebrew 11:1, the scripture defined faith as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ Some people say, ‘Seeing is believing.’ Belief is not a piece of material item that one can see or hold in his hand. It is not tangible but it is real. It is beyond feeling and human wishful thinking. God desires His children to believe first before they see the manifestation of what they believe in. “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)

When we talk about the issue of believe, it begins with knowing the powerful deity of Almighty God and His ability. The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Daniel 11:32) Knowing that He is the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Knowing that He is a faithful God. Knowing that He is a covenant keeper. Knowing “that by two immutable things, in that it was impossible for God to lie,” (Hebrews 6:18) Knowing that His words will not return to Him void without accomplishing its purposes. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) Knowing that He loves us and cares for us. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Believing emanates from the abundant of divine wisdom of God and the invaluable faithful promises of God in the scripture. These word settled in the heart of man and takes its root therein. It launches out in an actionable faith that pleases God when we embark on faithful decisions. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) When we believe in the word of God and with strong conviction, we take a decision and at the same time execute the decision, at that very moment, something unique became created as a result of the exercise of our belief. Its manifestation will take place. We can now behold or experience it.

Practical demonstration of this was the miracle of a woman with the issue of blood. She said in her heart, “if I can touch the helm of His garment, I will be made whole.” In the midst of the multitude that were thronging upon Jesus Christ, she struggled to reach Him and held the helm of His garment. Instantly, the flow of her blood that had been plaguing her for so many years stanched. “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” (Matthew 9:20-22) Jesus Christ demanded from Mary and Martha the sisters of Lazarus to believe, He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:25-26)

When I was a young child growing up in the farm, I used to see my father planting a slice of yam in a heap of soil. I had seen him planting a stick of cassava in the soil. After sometime, during the harvest, the slice of yam that my father planted had become a whole big fresh yam tuber that was not sliced. My father would also harvest basket-full of cassava-tubers from a stick of cassava he planted. I was thinking then that my father was a magician, but looking back now I realize that God was inculcating the foundation of faith to my father, an ordinary farmer. He was only acting on simple principle of faith that says, “If I can put up a little effort to plant, God is faithful to bring rain and sunshine and cause fruitfulness upon my efforts.” “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.” (Isaiah 55:10) If I can believe in my earthly father then, I can believe in the ability and capability of the Creator of Heaven and Earth that says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out 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 16:16-18) The grace of life had been extended to you this day, because He said, “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 3:16) Believe today and live eternally!

Prayer: I believe in You and in Your word O Lord. Empower an active and God pleasing faith in me. Let me be able to daily live by faith and also reap the fruit of faithfulness in your word, in Jesus name, Amen.


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