Belief or Unbelief in Christ
(The Switch that Unlocks Eternal Salvation or Eternal Damnation)
The Dictionary definition of the verb “Believe” is: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so:
Most Christians today live powerless lives of dependency, allowing the world to change them instead of becoming empowered by God to change the world. I, myself, lived this powerless Christian life for years. The primary reason for this is the indoctrination of false beliefs within the Christian community. The enemy is very subtle in the way he promotes these false beliefs. Here is one example.
A very famous Evangelist who was at one time listened to by millions recently wrote a book about Paul. A friend just gave me a copy of this book. I am always very careful when I read anything besides the King James Bible. In the introduction of this book about Paul, the author said the following. "The only way we can overcome the world, and I mean the only way, is by placing our faith exclusively in the cross of Christ and keeping it there." On the surface, this statement may sound good and I am sure many Christians will ask themselves, even if they do not totally agree with this statement, "What's the big deal, Wayne?". However, it is a big deal and here is why it is a big deal. A little false doctrine goes a long way. (Mat. 16: 12) In the first place, this statement assumes that we, ourselves, need to overcome the world, but the Bible says nothing of the sort. What does the Bible and Jesus say? In John 16:33 Jesus said we can have peace, although we experience tribulations in the world, because He has already overcome the world for us. If we feel the need to overcome the world, ourselves, then we make Jesus, who lives in us of no effect. (Gal. 5:4) (Rom. 8:9) Here's why. In your mind, you cannot serve two masters at the same time and it is in your mind, that you make the fateful decision to either yield to what Lord Jesus has to say or keep on trying to do what your self will tells you to do. Trying to live your life through self works (Rom. 2:14) is the same thing as coming under the Mosaic law again. You cannot serve Christ who dwells in your spirit by self works. Furthermore, this statement is telling you to use self works when it tells you to act by placing your faith somewhere. In this case, it is telling you to place your faith in the cross and no where else. First off, my friend, your faith avails little. It might start your car, or it might even get you an education and a high paying job or anything else of a temporal nature, but your faith cannot meet all your needs. Only the faith of Christ can do that (Phl. 4:19) and that faith has already been placed in your spirit the moment you believed. It will not be placed anywhere else and certainly not in the cross. The only thing that was and will ever be placed on the cross is ours sins along with our beloved Savior. Now, that horrible price has been paid and that work at the cross is finished. (Jhn. 19:30) There is nothing else that needs to be done at the cross. So go ahead and buy yourself a little cross necklace at James Avery but don't place your faith in it. Instead, believe in the power of the resurrected Christ and his gift of faith that lives inside of you. (Eph. 2:8) He has overcome the entire world, which includes every battle every Christian has ever fought or ever will fight here in the world. False narratives like this one encourage us to carry the burden on our shoulders for winning each and every battle we face, while God sits back waiting on us to pray a certain way, or pray long enough, or tithe enough, or place our carnal faith on some cross of death, or travel to some 10/40 window, look up and rend the heavens with slobber running down the side of our mouth, before he will act. Can you say burnout? Doing, doing, doing, ever doing but never hearing. Friend, God has already placed the supplies for all your needs inside you! The problem is that many of us like Martha are so engrossed in self works, convinced by false teaching that we must still do something just right to get something in return from God. Would you treat your children the way you think God treats you? The law of faith says we already have it. Yes, we do have a part to play, but that part is not to fight the battles of life through our own carnal understanding. (Pro. 3:5) Our part is to believe Christ when He said He has already overcome the world. Our part is to believe Christ when he said, I am the way, the truth and the life. Believe in him, not the cross, not in anything but him. In him, you have everything if you will just believe. It is easy to get something you already have but it is impossible to find something that you never had in the first place. (Gal. 3:5) Our part in life is simple if we are a Christian. Just believe in the spirit of Christ who already lives inside of you and you will win all battles with family, coworkers, associates, business partners, wives, husbands, children, sickness, depression, financial difficulties, deacon boards, legal problems - You name it, you will win when you start believing the truth, instead of trying to be the truth. (Jhn. 17:17) Stop reading right here. I know my writings are tedious for so many of you. Let me just say this. We always act on what we believe to be true, whether it is true or not. Our actions are not the problem. Humans are naturally on the move. look at our busy freeways. No, getting in gear is not the problem with most Christians. Having your mental GPS programmed correctly is the problem. To reprogram your GPS, open your ears and just believe what the scriptures below tell you to believe. Faith is not the problem. You already have the faith of Christ. It doesn't get any better than that. False beliefs and unbelief is your problem and my problem and every Christian's problem.
To reprogram our GPS, we can't start with a better scripture than Gal. 2:20 - "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me".
Make these words from Gal. 2:20 the foundation for everything you believe, by meditating on them over and over for as long as it takes until you actually believe what they say. Then do the same with the scriptures below. You may ask, how will I know that I actually believe what they say? You will know because other people will notice the change for the better in your actions, usually before you do. Some will find the change disturbing even though you are getting better and others will like the change. But most importantly you will be able see more clearly in everything you lay your hand to.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
John 11:26 “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Matthew 17:20 So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. (Jesus is saying your lack of faith is not the problem. Unbelief is the problem)
Matthew 17:21 "However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." (Its talking about this kind of unbelief, not this kind of demon)
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
John 19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Acts 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Romans 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
1 Cor 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
2 Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Gal 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
1 Th 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
1 Ti 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Heb 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
1 Pe 1:21 Who, by him, do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Good grief!!! How many more scriptures do I have to post here before you get the point? Your faith and hope is already in God. Now you must believe so the results you see are of God instead of your own works, or worse yet, the works of the Devil.