No matter where we feel we stand as a believer, we should always be accountable, and check ourselves.
I already have a page on my blog titled Believe 101, with posts covering questions or topics in relation to Christianity and Christ. But I also have a lot of basic terms, and other topics/questions that I haven’t covered yet. I feel a push to start including these posts, and have felt the need to do for weeks, if not a month now. Any new posts I feel that fall in that category will be added to the page.
Onto the post… 🙂
Three Parts Of Believing
To begin, I feel there are three parts of believing.
Hope- wanting/wishing for something to happen
Belief– having confidence of what we claim to believe such as Jesus is our Savior
and Faith – putting our confidence and trust to work, this only happens in uncertainty
Today, I’m going to start with belief because belief is what starts our journey to Christ.
To believe means to have confidence of the truth, existence, or reliability of something/someone even if we don’t have a concentrate proof.
Now, the definition and others may include the words belief and faith as one, but I strongly disagree. I will cover faith in a different post explaining why.
We aren’t of the world, so believing in God and Jesus isn’t the same as believing in worldly things. World belief tends to be watered down, and easily broken. But belief formed with a walk in Christ is different.
Belief that strengthens as we continue to walk forward with Christ.
Our relationship with Christ starts with belief. It isn’t just about confessing our sins to receive salvation from Christ, and begin a relationship with Him.
(NIV) 1 John 1:09, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
We must believe in our heart that Jesus is Christ. We must believe in the resurrection because it is through the resurrection we are saved.
(NIV) Romans 10:09-10, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
There are some who “want” to believe, but they still question God and Jesus. They like the idea of God and Jesus, but a walk with Christ is something they haven’t accepted yet.
Is wanting to believe enough?
Does this mean they are a Christian believer?
We must admit our sins and believe in Christ in order to follow Him. Wanting to believe is not enough. We must fully believe.
If you did something for someone, you would want them to believe you completely. God is the same.
God does not accept us to be lukewarm.
(NIV) Acts 16:30, “He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…”
Believing is the first step. If we believe in Christ, then we are to follow His word, and His example. Believing is important, and we must be reflective of what we claim to believe at all times.
(NIV) John 20:31, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
The first stepping stone to following the footsteps of Christ ❤
Till next time…
~T. R. Noble
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