Believing God

BELIEVING GOD/ The Believer’s Conduct & Attitude, Lesson 1

Key Text: “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” (James 2:19, NKJV)

Heart Questions: What is the meaning of the word Believe? Why should we believe in God? What is the implication of believing in God?

To believe is to accept something as true, the whole truth and genuine! To believe is to consider something to be true and therefore worthy of one’s trust; To entrust oneself to an entity in complete confidence – (believe in, trust). The New Testament Greek word pisteuo (believe) means to “be convinced of something,” to “trust,” and to “give credence to.”

Why should we believe in God? Here are a few reasons to believe in God – [1] The Creation: Moses wrote, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1). God alone can create, and recreate us (new birth). Further, He has redeemed us (Rom 5:8-11).

[2] The Problems of Evolution: There is a higher Being, the intelligent Designer who provided the ingredients for life and set in motion the laws by which it developed.

[3] The Limitations of Science: All science can do is show us how natural law works, while telling us nothing about its origins.

[4] God’s Mighty Works: From the Creation, the Flood, the Exodus, the Wilderness, etc. All these testify to the greatness of the one true Jehovah God.

[5] God knows better than we do: God knows everything we are going through now and in the future, because He is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). He knows the best way to handle every situation – right one time! so we get the best possible outcome!

[6] All things are possible with God: He knows the desires of your heart. As so long as you pray according to His will. He is a faithful God, all you have to do is have faith! – Jesus says, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6, ESV)

Action Step: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? [1] We need to trust God with our lives. We need to follow His path (obedience) and trust that He will do what is best for us — “And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” (Philippians 1:6, AMP)

[2] There are two choices in life. First, the choice to trust in man limited ability; the second, is to trust in God’s surpassing wisdom, knowledge, ability, love, power. Would you trust God today? Listen to God’s invitation for you, as we close– “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways — know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5–6, AMP)

[3] The word Believe is an action word. For example — “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (Rom. 4:3). Believing –(mental acknowledgement)- that there is God is not enough! One must obey God to be blessed. Belief in God involves total commitment Him and a change of life! If we are indeed children of God, we ought to reflect His character (Mt 5:16, 48, 1 Jn 3:1).

The Appeal: Beloved, belief in God is essential to all humanity, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). Without believing in God, it is impossible to please Him or even come to Him (Heb. 11:6). We are surrounded with vast proof of God’s existence, but through the hardening of the heart (sin) that many reject that proof (Rom. 1:18–23). It is foolish to disbelieve in God (Psa. 14:1), in fact it is a grave mistake that can never be irreversible –if the right decision (believing God) is not made now! (Jn. 3:16).

The Gospel’s Voice: My dear friends, believe God because He knows what He is doing! – What does the LORD say to me today? — “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NKJV)

God knows exactly what plans He has in mind for your life. He has a purpose for you and has everything planned out. He knows who you are going to marry, how many kids you are going to have, what job you will have and every other detail of your life, both big and small. He knows what you are going to do today, tomorrow, next month, and years down the road. Do not doubt His plan, because He knows all and He has a perfect plan just for you! Believe in God!

 

50 Devotional Thoughts on the Believer’s Conduct & Attitude/ Thought # 1: Believing God/ 200C-01 (James 2:19)