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Believe, believe, only believe

In the New Testament, in John 6:29, we are told that our work is to believe in Jesus. To believe is to have faith or trust in God. The apostle Paul described faith for us in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.


In Mark 11:22-24 Jesus said: "Have faith in God. 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”.


I have often heard it said that faith is knowing that you know, that you know, that you know. In other words, being completely convinced. Faith is believing in our heart, not just head knowledge. In the passage in Marks gospel above, Jesus exhorted us that from the very moment we pray or ask, we should believe that we have what we ask for!


 In Hebrews above, the apostle Paul said that our faith gives substance to our hopes and evidence to things no yet seen in the physical realm. In other words, when we pray in faith, we have what we ask for, we see it in the spiritual realm, in our heart. If we stand in faith and patience, not doubting, no matter how the devil tries to convince us otherwise, we will see the manifestation of our faith in the physical realm.


A Sunday school Teacher told a group of youngsters that something they had all prayed for some time ago had come to pass. She expected jubilation in the class but the kids just carried on with their lessons; little or no reaction! She asked why they were not as excited, as she was, and they replied: “well teacher, God answered our prayer when we first asked Him and we have been thanking Him since then, so we knew we would see the manifestation in the natural in due season”! Have faith as a little child (Luke 18:17) eh?


How do you get this kind of faith? In the Bible we are told: “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17) and we are exhorted: “building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost” (Jude 20). God’s ways are so easy; we just need to be in his word and pressing in to Him!


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