Faith
Wednesday January 19, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Believers Receive God’s Blessings"

What is a “believer”? This article is devoted to helping us find the answer. The answer’s important as “Believers” receive God’s Blessings. God’s Word makes this clear to us and we begin by praying for His gift of discernment for understanding His Word. We begin by addressing these questions:

What is a “Believer”?

Is love part of being a believer?

Is being a “Believer” difficult?

How are “Believers” rewarded?

First we concentrate on learning more about love; the love that takes place between God and us.

We’ll better understand our love for Him by visiting John 3:16 KJV where God describes His love for us and it reads:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

“Whosoerer believeth” is a condition that we’re required to meet. It addresses our subject, “Believers” while connecting us with God’s love. Loving Him the way He loves us is how we become a “Believer”. Simply saying it isn’t enough; that’s only the beginning. Believing is a choice that brings God’s love and His blessings into our lives.

God created us for company but Proverbs 8:17 KJV shows that what He wants is our Love as this verse reads:

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

The fact that God is seeking our love clearly presents us with two choices:

1. We can choose to love Him

2. We can choose not to love Him

He takes no part in our choice because it’s a choice that we alone must make. Love has to be freely given as forced love is no love at all. By removing Himself from the decision making process, He assures Himself that our love will be genuine. Proverbs 8:21 KJV addresses this love as it reads:

That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

God recognizes genuine love as “Believers” inherit His substance and our treasures are filled with His blessings.

Love plays a significant role in understanding why God’s blessings are freely given to “Believers”. Christ is describing “Believers” in John 20:29 KJV which reads:

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:


 

 

 


 

blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Christ is talking to Thomas about “Believers”. He’s informing Thomas and us that “Believers” receive His blessings because of their faith. Thomas could see Him; we can’t. This means that we have faith and faith requires that we believe in something that we have not yet seen.

“Believers” have the added benefit of knowing where they stand with God. We know that through repentance, His power heals our soul because He forgives our sins. We also know that faith and obedience to Him extends His power to heal our body’s sickness as described in the book of James. James 5:14-15 KJV reads:

[14] Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

[15] And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

These verses are clear: “Believers” understand that all things are possible with God! Faith and obedience removes sins and sickness. Believing is faith that brings His power and following His instructions (anointing with olive oil) is the obedience that delivers His promise.

The following verses in Matthew reiterates why faith is a requirement for “Believers”. Matthew 9:28-29 KJV says to us:

[28]And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

[29] Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

Christ is asking: do we believe? His promise is delivered to us according to our faith… Take note: Faith is the same today and it was then; His Word is unchanged by the passing of time.

God’s Word is so precious…so clear. Do you possess the faith it describes and do you identify yourself with His description of a “Believer”? Stay close to Him; talk to Him and seek His guidance.

He listens!

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com