Monday, November 21, 2016

Believe God: Verses from John on Belief #6

Hidden Path

 John 14:12
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

Belief starts the new life. Belief allows us to live effectively in this life. We have all we need now to serve as we are called. It is understanding what we have and believing, that will allow us to do the works Jesus has called us to. Jesus called us to follow His steps. What Jesus did we can also. 1 Peter 2:21 There will also be suffering. To follow Jesus means you are willing to pay the price. The reward is far greater then any suffering we go through. Romans8:18

“Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.

It is easier to believe when we see. Faith allows us to believe when we don't see what we need.

 John 16:9
concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;

Whatever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23 Everything we do should be done in faith. Do everything by the direction of God. When we turn from following God, what we turn to is sin. Look to Jesus and follow Him.

 John 16:30
“Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this we believe that You came from God.”

Because of Jesus ministry with the disciples and the time He spent with them, they came to know Him and believe in Him.

 John 16:31
Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?

Belief can be shaken. The disciples would be scattered after the crucifixion. Make sure your belief is sure so that problems won't knock you out. We make our belief sure by not relying on our strength, instead we rely completely on Jesus.

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;

What you believe in will spread to others. We talk of what is valuable to us. Truth will be acceptable to those who are looking.

Ask yourself what you talk about. You talk of what you believe.

 John 17:21
that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

It takes Christ living within to be in unity with others. We all have our ideas and experiences. Differences of opinion will arise. Unity shows the world we are the real deal.

 John 19:35
And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.

The testimony of truth will cause people to believe.

 John 20:25
So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

Thomas decided that unless he saw he would not believe. Don't do that. God might have mercy and give you a sign you are looking for. Belief that rests on Jesus and His word, can't be shaken. God's word will always be there.

 John 20:31
but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

People have read the Bible and believed without hearing anyone preach. When the Bible is preached more will believe. When the Bible is preached and love is shown even more will believe.

Let Bible teachings be in your mouth mourning, noon, night and in the middle of the night. Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:148 This builds belief.

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