Only believe

“Only believe” sounds like doing nothing and I sometimes wrestle with it. I was brought up to work hard and make things happen, so I have a native aversion to anything resembling passivity and idleness. But believing is hard work and is the only work we need to do.

Try believing the truths and precious promises in the scriptures when everything around you screams the opposite. Try believing you are healed when you have symptoms of terminal disease and have been “given” months to live. Try believing you are fruitful when the “experts” say your womb is dead. Try believing anyone loves you when you grew up in an atmosphere without love and were severely abused as a child. Try following the news and believe there is a God of Love. Believing is not child’s play.

God characteristically chose a seemingly passive thing as the way for us to express our God-like ability to create and make things happen. Believing God is the way to become like God, which is our destiny. “Only believe” sounds like folding your arms and doing nothing but it only makes everything possible with God, possible with you.

Before we were conceived and while we were in the womb, we were preserved without our knowledge, without our help. We have no capacity to keep our hearts beating for one second nor ability to grow one strand of hair without using something we did not create. Why not intentionally trust the One who created us for his own pleasure and holds our breaths?

Without our help, God created the universe, the planet and the environment we are trying desperately to “save”. He is capable of maintaining all creation by himself. He wants us to believe He can meet any need in His universe, by Himself. I think Jesus was saying to Martha, “I do not need you to work for me or make anything for me, I only need you to sit and open up yourself to me.” Only. Believing opens us up to God and that is all we need to do.

10 thoughts on “Only believe

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  2. You are oh so right! Believing does sound like passivity, but yet it is a work, and it is as you stated the work that takes us into all the things of God, because all things are possible to him who believes. And yet when we think about, that is what most of our fight in this life is about, will we believe?

    I think one problem we have currently in the church is that many mistake what they know or what they think about with what they believe, and conclude that since they have thought about it or read it in the bible they actually believe it. I always like to say you live what you believe, for the child of God believing should be synonymous with obedience.

    Great post, God’s best to you!

    • I so agree with you. There is a difference between head knowledge and belief. Like you said, what we believe is what we live. We know what we believe by how we habitually speak and act. That is why believe is hard work. It is completely transforming our lives.

      We do it by totally immersing ourselves in the truth, not letting it depart from our ears and eyes, keeping it in the midst of our heart and meditating on it day and night.

      The interesting thing about believing is we can believe a lie if we surround ourselves with it long enough and repeat it again and again to ourselves. How much more the truth?

      Thank you for your enriching comment, Thomas.

  3. Amen! This is profound and encouraging. God bless your heart! I came across your page from Natalie who commented and shared your post. :)

  4. “Only Believe” is truly hard work, it is truly entering into God’s rest. This is what it means to live by the Spirit. We know what we believe by what we habitually do cos when you believe, it includes the readiness to act

    This is both convicting and encouraging to me. It brings recent conversations to mind as well as scriptures such as
    Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28-29)

    “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)
    Since we are usually bombarded by so much information, this underscores the importance of separating oneself and taking time to dwell in the presence of God. For what we see, hear and surround ourselves with shape, ever so subtly, what we think and as a man (habitually) thinks, so he is

    THANK U Tolu, I am always blessed by your posts. May God bless you indeed and enlarge your territory.

    Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.

    • Sorry Tolu. I thought I responded to this but just realized I did not.

      Faith is the work we need to do. It gets clearer and stronger in me the more I think about it. If one never went to school and all they did was study God’s word and build up their faith in it, they will live a much more glorious life than those who did. May we realize that the only work God requires of us is to believe.

      Amen to that blessing.

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