Upon deciding to write this particular blog, I was trying to come up with a good title. The first thing that popped into my head was “Remove All Doubt”. And then I thought of “Ultimate Faith”. I think both of these titles are perfect, and really encompass what you’re about to read, but I went with the title “BELIEVE” instead. Just one simple stand alone word that really has such a strong and significant meaning. The dictionary defines the word believe as accepting or regarding something as true. And from a biblical standpoint, it’s defined as having a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion to regard the existence of God as a fact.
Romans 10:10 NLT says: “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”
When you hold the Lord in your heart, you are granted salvation. It is the firm belief that Jesus Christ died to save us from our sins and give us eternal life. It sounds simple enough, huh? But do you notice how the scripture says “believing in your heart”? There’s a difference between saying that you believe in something and actually truly believing it inside of your heart. When you believe something in your heart, all doubt is removed. Because doubt will negate everything. It is the ultimate faith in something. It is just knowing that something is absolutely and unequivocally true.
And this same principle applies when you pray. We’re all suffering in this world together. Whether it’s physically, emotionally, financially, and so on. We’re all struggling one way or another. And if you’re anything like me, I give it all to the Lord. There’s really nothing better than leaving your problems at the feet of Jesus. But what I think a lot of people are missing (including myself) is what we’re supposed to do after that. Pouring your heart out to the Lord is a wonderful and beautiful thing that I couldn’t possibly be more grateful for. There’s no better person to ask for strength, peace, understanding, advice, guidance, and healing. He loves us so much, and He gives so abundantly. Ephesians 3:20 NLT says: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
But it’s the undeniable, indisputable, unquestionable belief that you’re going to actually get what you’re praying for that many people are lacking. It is the belief that you’ve already received what you’re praying for. It’s like placing an order online. Let’s say that you order a shirt from a reputable website. You finish the transaction and let it go. You don’t sit there afterwards wondering if the package is going to arrive. This might be a bad illustration, but I think it does get the point across. It’s just having that solid trust that you’re going to receive what you’ve asked for.
Matthew 7:7-8 NLT says: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
What a wonderful promise. Keep asking, seeking, knocking, and BELIEVING.
“Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” Mark 11:22-24 NLT
So I am encouraging you to BELIEVE. Silence the enemy who is putting doubt in your heart. Remember that you are in a constant spiritual battle, and good must win. Put the ultimate faith in our amazing Lord. Ask, BELIEVE, and then receive. God is so, so good. He wants nothing more than for His children to depend on Him. I can say with complete sincerity that I cannot live without God. I have fully acknowledged that I need Him every minute of every day. He is the breath of my soul and the life of my bones. And I am constantly striving to have that unshakable belief in His power and all that He’s capable of.
I am going to leave you with this final verse:
“This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.” 1 Timothy 4:10 NLT
God bless you all.