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The power of belief

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There have been countless books and sermons preached on the power of belief. And when you think about it, they are all sort of like flavors of ice cream. What do I mean by this? Well…the main ingredient is ice cream but they all have a slightly different color or flavor.

The same can be said of these books, they help us to understand that when a stated goal is verbally repeated over and over with feeling it can become reality. That’s true enough, the Bible says that “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” – this is implying that there is a constant hearing of the word. But all the books in the world cannot live our lives for us. For example if a doctor tells you to adjust your diet and you continue to live with the same unhealthy habits; you will not benefit from his advice. You need to actually follow the instructions that he gives. With the same thinking, the Bible says that we need to be doers of the word and not just hearers. There is another scripture: John 8:32 that says “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. It’s a gem in the Bible! It is beautiful and so true! But if we actually look at the word “know” and analyze it. It doesn’t just mean mental acknowledgement but also action! Knowing with the mind and not following through with action is dead. So knowing also implies living the lifestyle. The Bible says faith without deeds is dead. The book of James makes it clear that it is easy to say you live by faith, but living by faith actually requires words backed up by action.

There is another instance in the Bible where it says that if we see our neighbor, (meaning any human on this earth) that is cold and in need of food. That we shouldn’t just say I will pray that you will be warm and have lots to eat, but instead we should help in some way. Now of course there is a time to pray and a time to act, but the main message here is not to constantly replace acts with words alone. Jesus lived out the holy life and all who saw him witnessed his miracles and love! The Bible also commands not to just love in “word only” but “in deed and in truth”. You see God is a God of action! And so we must be disciples of action! It may be something as simple as helping someone cross the street or as big as giving someone a loan of money. The Holy Spirit is the one who will direct our steps.

Another essential point that needs to be brought up here is that God is the one who can do it through you! So don’t feel bad or guilty. He changes desires and guides us day by day, little by little. The book of Philippians says that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! The Holy Spirit will empower us and convict us when we need to be taught. We are not alone in this walk. The comforter is with us every step of the way! Pray to God and read his word and he will make your way clear. God bless you!   


By Gordon E. Dawe




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