Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Do You Believe?

"Later Jesus appeared to the eleven as they were eating; He rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen Him after He had risen" (Mark 16:14).

He had spoken into their lives.  He had shown His power to them - and through them.  They had professed their own faith in Him.  But now, faith and what seemed like fact were in a battle that was overwhelming this once 'overwhelming' faith.  Jesus, now obviously risen, rebukes them for not believing Him.  They believed in Him, but did not believe Him.  Yet, He'd done exactly what He had said.

For so many, it's not so uncommon to identify as a Christian, as one who has 'faith', or as one who believes in Jesus.  Churches are filled with professors of faith.  Cars jam the highways with bumper stickers that declare "Real Men Love Jesus," "Honk if You Love Jesus" or "WWJD."  T-shirts, hats, and other tokens of faith advertisement are great and help to enable to someone to stand up and out for their faith, but the real test and evidence of faith is not what one wears, sports, or has affixed on the outside, but what is blazing on the inside.

Believing in Jesus is very important, but the greatest testimony of believing in Him is to BELIEVE HIM...PERIOD.  When He speaks, do you take Him at His word?  Have you cast your cares upon Him because He cares for you...yet you pick them back up again and worry about them some more?  That's not believing Him.  Do you know that His Word says that He'll never leave you nor forsake you, yet you struggle feeling down, discouraged, depressed, dejected, and alone?  That's not believing Him.  Are you holding on to the past, the hurts, the pains, and the baggage of days gone by, yet you say that you're "giving it all to Jesus"?  That's not believing Him.

Be challenged today to believe Him.  When He speaks, believe Him.  When He shows you His power, believe Him.  When you don't see what you want or anything at all, still believe Him.  Continue to trust Him, believe Him, and be fueled by the faith that is found in Him.

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