Yes, I believe everything God tells me but it doesn’t change my life and nothing good ever happens to me.
Believing; is the ability to act, through Christ’s intangible reality, to receive God’s best, and achieve what God demands, that he might be glorified in you. It is something you must do, it is an action on your part ammoniating from what you choose to be your reality, not something that God does for you. It is focusing your thoughts on what you want your reality to be, by perceiving in your minds eye, that what the Bible tells you is possible. It is letting go of that which the world tells you is your reality and stepping into, and putting on, the reality of Christ by obedience to the truth. It is allowing your actions to build from that what you have already envisioned you have obtained, by keeping your focus on the uplifted hands of Christ and never trying to observe this phenomena of the so called impossible. Your actions will be speaking directly to clarify for you, exactly what you believe, regardless of what you may have said.
Matt 8:13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.
Jesus was going to travel back home with this centurion to heal his servant. But the centurion delighted Jesus by understanding how the chain of command operates, and in doing so showed great faith. He recognized Jesus was Lord over all and his actions demonstrated that he knew how the power of authority can be used.
This centurion honored Jesus by publically placing in Him his great faith, and further exalted Him by humility expressing his unworthiness in having Jesus under his roof. He knew it was not necessary for the one in authority to travel, but rather to simply give the order through a word. It would not have mattered if his servant was one mile away or on the other side of the world.
The result of the healing was based solely on the centurion’s ability to believe that Jesus had the authority, and then to go and ask to have this authority released.
What’s even more astounding is that his actions changed the welfare of someone else who may not have had the ability to believe. When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”
It was through this centurion’s ability to believe in the will of God, that his servant many miles away was transported from his old state into a new state of reality.
Matt 9:27 ...two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.
These two men were persistent and would not give up, to the point of following Jesus right inside the building. Try following somebody for any length of time through a city and into a building with your eyes closed. They would have had to endure pain and embarrassment as they followed.
The men called out for mercy and knew Jesus was the Son of David. These two men demonstrated by their actions in whom they believed.
The question Jesus asked them was academic, and for the readers clarification only, as was the answer. The question gives insight and meaning to the word believing which is; know the authority, have the right heart attitude, call on him and be persistent through pain and embarrassment.
Believing is a verb, not a noun!
John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Believing is the action of obeying. No obedience, no believing, no life that becomes eternal with you!
The answer shows that faith is increased by that which is received from your actions of believing. Purity is a direct result from your relentless actions of believing. Purity is the tangible component and the limiting factor of your faith. Believing will cost you everything, but in do time, renders’ everything.
Matt 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
When you submit to the actions that believing demands, you will feel that you have lost your life, but if you stay the course you will indeed discover that you actually found the life that you were designed for. Your whole life now reflects worship that will be accepted.
Matt 17:16 “I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”
Jesus had already confirmed to his disciples that he was the Christ, the son of the living God, so why did they not believe that he had given them the authority to drive out this demon? Jesus rebukes their generation for their unbelief and then tells them why, by calling them perverse. This generation is deviating from what is considered right; they were persisting in error, stubbornly contrary and obstinately disobedient. Jesus is saying the same thing to us today. Jesus asks the question, “How long shall I stay with you?” and “How long shall I put up with you?” Jesus is telling his disciples that there is a length of time needed to grow, and when this length of time with them is finished, he will move on in his resolve to complete his objective.
Eph 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
The question is, have we set aside the time needed so we will in all things, not just something, grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ? And what form does this maturing take, where the outcome is love?
Matt 17:19-21 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here too there’ and it would move. Nothing will be impossible for you. This kind can only come out by pray and fasting.”
Jesus leaves no doubt in his disciples’ minds at what level their faith is at, do to their perversions stemming from unbelief. So, He gives them and us another picture of the process which must take place to move from little faith, through great faith, to perfect faith.
Anybody that accepts Christ and believes on him to save them has, at the very least, faith as small as a mustard seed. This would be considered little faith, and we can see that little faith was not enough to get the job done here.
The picture is telling us something deeper. Housed within this mustard seed is perfect resolve and it will stay there for eternity, unless this seed falls into the ground and dies. But when it dies, this determination is released; it will split rock to get to the surface and continue to grow until it houses the birds of the air.
In the same way your potential for perfect faith will stay untapped until you learn how to surrender to death, yet remain alive. Jesus disciples were themselves in the process of learning this principle which takes perseverance, through a set amount of time on a specific course.
In this dialog, Jesus pinpointed the problem, gives us the picture of what is needed to take place in our body, and then follows up with the steps required to overcome the issue. He is saying that pray and fasting takes a person of little faith and causes them to grow to perfect faith, the faith required to do the job. Pray and fasting purifies the body as it rewires the mind. These disciples had been healing and casting out demons, and they considered themselves to be men of faith. Jesus is telling us that faith is limited by purity, and purity is limited by unbelief.
which is only configured to receive more of the same.
The law-of-attraction. Purification comes with a cost of suffering, by the effects of a chemical withdrawal, in order to break our self-conceived ideas on how we see reality. A mind that has not been re-wired has no ability to be enlightened by divine teaching, because it is already programmed to arrange any new knowledge within its own pre-established formula, as to preserve its addictions, and therefore, cannot discern the between the holy and the profane.
Romans 16:18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
These men come across so convincing because they have no idea they are completely controlled by their addictions to their own appetites. Our so called wise and learned men come across completely sincere because they have no idea their judgment has been impaired. Their rational is logical and is received with applause because they are appealing to an audience who baths in the same pool of impediments.
2 Cor 10:12 For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.
Pro 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”
Only a relatively short period of time is needed in practicing sin before the brain sets up receivers to accommodate this new chemical addiction that reinforces the appetite. Like a drug addict on the street you are trapped and enslaved to serve your habit.
Romans 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your moral body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
This command to act falls squarely on your shoulders and as such makes you solely responsible. A member is not just your arm or leg, for your limbs can do nothing except that your other members are functioning at peace and are in harmony. That is why in the Epistle of James he said:
James 1:27 This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained (784) by the world. (784 - unblemished both physically and morally, without spot, unspotted.)
To keep oneself, is to be accountable for your choices and except consequences of your actions. Again, it collaborates to support what Paul is communicating in Romans as to obligation directly related to physical purity of your blood and body.
1 Cor 9:26-27 Therefore I run in such a way as not without aim; I box in such a way as not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.
Paul keeps his appetites in check lest he becomes addicted to his own areas of weakness. The worst thing you can do is to over feed a gold fish, for you kill it with kindness.
Hosea 13:6-9 As they had their pastures, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their hearts became proud; Therefore they forgot Me. So I will be like a lion to them; Like a leopard I will lay in wait by the wayside.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that once you ask Christ to be your savior that you can let your body chart the course. If you are not fighting it all the way to the grave, then you’re going down stream with all the other trash.
Romans 6:16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
Romans 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
There is a qualifier to this righteousness; yes it comes through Jesus Christ, but only to all who will believe. Believing is in general the conviction of the mind to act on information the brain reckons to be true at any cost to self, even if it cannot see where it will lead.
Romans 4:3 What does the Scriptures say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Abraham must have been pure, for how else could he have believed, and seen the one who would come after him to remove his sin.
John 8:56 (Jesus said) Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.
God is limited by our faith. Jesus could only do a couple of miracles in some cities because of unbelief. In the same way, unbelief limits what Jesus wants to do in our lives. To whatever degree unbelief holds us captive, is the same degree that limits the strength of Christ being released through his grace, in your life. If salvation was independent of us, belief or unbelief would be irrelevant to having Christ do a transforming work in your life.
Habakkuk 2:4 See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright but the righteous will live by faith - indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest.
Whatever blocks our ability to believe is God’s enemy, because when he is given freedom to bless us, our faith is strengthened, increasing our ability to receive more, is that not why it is written:
Matt 13:11-12 Jesus replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. (Verse 15) For their heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.”
Jesus is telling us why these people do not have faith (for their heart has become calloused). A calloused heart is a heart that is harder than it should be. A calloused heart is on its way to a hard heart. The longer a person is in the stage of little faith, the more susceptible the heart is to becoming calloused.
The problem is the same today, as it was back then, we have signed and entered into a covenant with Jesus and we think that these are the secrets. We think that this is as big as God gets, “what more could he do, what more does he need to do?”
Convinced of our superior knowledge and given the fact that we really had to humble ourselves to sign this contract, we now close our eyes. We are blind, falling into, ditch after ditch, but as we look around we see everybody in the ditch with us. Some how we rationalize the truth of God’s word away, because there is no one who is not in the same ditch.
Mass psychology takes over, through pride, to produce the counterfeit, in an attempt to keep the embarrassment of acting blind from being exposed. But each time I feel pain, I run my hand over my head to discover yet another goose egg. We are being knocked silly because we refuse to admit we are blind.
John 9:41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.
If one could not see the difference between good and evil then one would be blind. However, human beings know the difference yet their actions are the same as if they didn’t.
Romans 11:7 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened, as it is written:
Eyes so that they could not see
And ears so they could not hear,
To this very day.”
God knew the future and he could see that men’s hearts were not going to change, that’s why he wrote, “To this very day”.
For all of you who are not the elect and cannot see what God is revealing, you will remain doing the actions that prove what you believe. That there is nothing more for you to obtain here on earth, but you will trust that you will receive the rest in heaven. You will be content to stay at this level, ever hearing but never understanding, ever seeing but never perceiving.
But God’s curses in his laws will be demonstrating his love, by way of pain and suffering, in an attempt to jar you from your complacence. With God’s laws it is impossible to stay stagnant.
You may convince yourself that you are not sliding backwards, but you cannot measure your degree of unbelief. You will never know the benefits that could have been yours if you had one more degree of belief that placed you on the best path. That ever greater degree of belief will allow you to see clearer, hear cleaner, and understand with your heart, so you can turn and implement the truth.
The proof that I understand and see His revealed truth is the out come of the actions applied, which is to see the body healed. If this behavior has the ability to heal the body, it also has the ability to keep the body from sickness and disease.
Mark 4:30 Again Jesus said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”
We are this mustard seed that God wants to plant in his garden.
The problem is that our attitude is obstinately disobedient because we do not want to fall into the ground and die to ourselves. Without dying, our faith cannot start to grow, and with little faith, we will have little impact for God’s glory on earth.
If we will submit to the Spirit’s leading, we will be planted, that is, die to ourselves, and once planted, our faith will grow and be made complete by the actions of surrendering. Our faith will then provide a place of resting as we refresh all those around us.
James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brother, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes or daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
You will not produce the right actions until you die to yourself, for it is through this process that right motives come together with right attitudes.
John 6:28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
If this is the work God requires and it is straight from Jesus then why does James 1:27 say, Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
We know that the Word of God has no contradictions, so how do these two statements come together? Is Jesus telling us that believing is a work, an action that looks like this, and I had better not come to him and tell him “I believe” if I don’t have these actions? Is it possible the degree in which I have these actions will be the same level in which I can believe?
We know that Christ has all the answers, so shortages of answers are not the problem. The problem was and is the answers are not going to do anybody any good if nobody believes!
I believe Jesus is declaring to us what dying to ones self looks like. If you don’t think that discontinuing that which you eat to gratify the flesh is dying to yourself, you have not approached it with fervor. Or, try replacing all food for many days and just consume the Word of God. Remember, sin is enjoyable for a time and the flesh is looking for a way, so you can believe it is right. God did not want to destroy any of his people that Moses was leading through the desert, but was compelled when those who rejected his diet and laws revolted.
Jude 1:5 Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. (Verse 8) In the very same way, these dreamers polluted their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings.
It is in the polluting of our own bodies that embolden a behavior in us which causes us to reject authority and slander angels, which are really just actions of unbelief.
Why can we not see that consuming products that pollute our bodies destroys our minds ability to think good thoughts? For all things that come into our lives whether good or bad, have its origins in our thoughts.
Evil stored in us produces negative thoughts, which we sow by word and deed. What ever we sow we will reap, later than and greater than, to place us on either, a tighter and tighter spiral down or a tighter and tighter spiral up, depending on our seed.
Isaiah prophesied exactly what Jesus was eating when He came of age to make His choice between good and evil.
Isaiah 7:15 “He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.”
Refusing evil is directly linked to eating, otherwise Isaiah would have provided a list of actions of things that would have needed to be changed in Jesus’ young life.
Pro 14:25 The Righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in want.
Isaiah is not just making a statement, but God is giving us the clue in regards to avoiding evil. Choosing God’s best is choosing to learn what is best for the body in every area.
It is no coincidence that in the Great Tribulation, when God is purifying His people that we find the same menu that Jesus had when He came to choose.
Isaiah 7:21 Now it will come about in that day that a man may keep alive a heifer and a pair of sheep; and it will happen that because of the abundance of milk produced he will eat curds, for everyone that is left within the land will eat curds and honey.
Why you ask; Because Christ is preparing His bride and in the Song of Songs He describes her.
(NASB) Song 4:9-11 You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; You have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes, with a single strand of your necklace. How beautiful is your love my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than all kinds of spices! Your lips, my bride, drip honey; Honey and milk are under your tongue, and the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
The oils in and of your skin are not foul smelling, neither is your breath, because the body has an on going supply of beneficial microorganisms.
Pro 14:27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.
Is pride going to rob you from your health that is in Christ Jesus?
2 Kings 5:10 But Elisha did not go and see him at all but rather sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”
Elisha knew by sending out his servant to speak for him, Naaman would be angry and quite likely miss acting on these simple instructions and if it had not been for clear thinking of Naamans’ servants, his pride would have robbed him. Elisha sent instructions for Naaman to have a complete bath, this wasn’t just washing of the feet. Sure, Naaman had doubts all the way to the Jordan River and probably each time he went under, but all he had to do was believe, which is to persevere through the instructions given by a servant from the man of God.
Are you going to be angry with the man of God and miss acting on simple instructions that he gives you? You are not going to have ten or twenty servants to help you overcome your pride. More than likely, you will have ten to twenty people against you. Are you going to go under the water three or four times and then go home, never securing the blessing that perseverance would have given you?
Naaman’s life was changed forever because he preformed the steps a believing person would perform, regardless of any doubts he had in his mind. Likewise, so will you if you will act the way a believing person would act.
Clearly, the first thing that you need to do is develop an intimate love relationship with Jesus. To love God is to obey God and power will not be given to people who say they love God just because they never understand how their actions have disobeyed.
1 John 4:17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment: because as He is, so also are we in this world.
Remember, it is only after love is perfected in us that as Jesus is, so also are we, in this earthly world. “Be ye Holy, as I am Holy”. Yes, it is a tall order, but it is most certainly possible. This Day of Judgment is upon us, and to stand on this day you will have had to perfect holiness which is being in the character of Christ.
If all things are possible, to those who believe, then the people who believe will display the power, which makes believing paramount. And if believing is obtained only by an action that we are responsible for, then this makes the action paramount. And is a Majestic God going to give his power to someone that just says he loves or says he believes? No, this ability to believe will only come alive through the development of an intimate love relationship with Jesus.
This process will be one that when finished will be consummated by the power of the Spirit, with the Spirit in control of the Saint. This process will develop a character that can preserver in truth, even when every sensor in your body is screaming at you to rebel. This process must be taken on through a trust, because you cannot understand or see the relevance to the actions.
Perseverance in faith accomplishes and prepares the soil to receive the full knowledge of the workings of His laws, because it demonstrates through suffering your commitment to the Light. For God to release his power to a Saint that will not be seasoned would be like turning a bull lose in a china shop or having a loose canon in your lines, and it’s just not going to happen.
John 2:23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because he did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man for He Himself knew what was in man.
These many people were convicted at the time of the Passover Feast by witnessing Jesus’ signs and as a result, confessed Jesus as Lord. However, there was no movement towards these people on Jesus’ part to have faith in any of them because he did not need anyone to tell Him that their flesh had stored up evil.
Jesus is not going to entrust Himself to you at this stage, which means you are not going to know him, but more important is that He is not going to know you. There is something inside of us blocking our ability to be trustworthy, thereby setting up a situation where knowledge cannot be transferred.
Romans 10:9 …that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
It is the heart that must engage in an action to bring it to a state of purity that one can be described as “believing from the heart”? Jesus is saying to you that this Living Word of His will not come alive to you and be entrusted to you until you believe from the heart.
God’s word does not leave us to wonder whether or not we have positioned ourselves to receive his best but gives us some signs.
Mark 16:17 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”