We can survive on this planet without God, not because He is non-existent or aloof but partly because He has deposited in us irrevocable potentials that make Him seem redundant. However, we were created for dependence on God, and that is why we need to believe God.
Believing God brings us into God’s class, where we obtain God-like results thereby fulfilling God’s purpose of men and women in His image. The alternative to believe, is work. Without the vital link with God, man has to work and toil, using his own effort, limiting himself to his hands and head, which were given by God in the first place.
Our self efforts achieve some results, but the results fall far short of what is possible when God is in the mix. Adam “died” when he fell but we know he continued to exist. Whatever unredeemed man is able to do independent of God is death, no matter how alive it seems.
Believing God transforms us from the realm of death to God’s class. This is why the scriptures say, “All things are possible with God” and “All things are possible to him that believes.” Believe puts us in God’s class. Believe gives us what our efforts cannot give us in a billion years of trying. Believe makes us God’s children, a species we could never evolve into.
“Believer” is therefore not a title, neither is it a mere label. A believer does not just believe in God but believes God. A believer is one whose strength is God, one who relies on God. David was a believer before Goliath, so also were the 300 men of Gideon.
Abraham is said to have believed as opposed to worked and therefore obtained the impossible. Work is for humanly possible things but believe is for the impossible. As believers, even our day to day results should be above the terrestrial.
A believer obtaining results similar to the worker makes God’s input seem puny and faith useless. To be a true believer, one ought to use words to heal the sick, provide material goods independent of the markets and control the spiritual climate, like Jesus did. The believer’s output ought to differ from the worker’s as day from night.
Living in God’s realm where your input is mixed with omnipotence, is what it means to be a believer. I am far from it but I intend to attain it, otherwise I would have to consider myself a failed believer and I have vowed not to fail.