Believing in God and Believing God: The Difference

Jason Silver  |  Pastor & Author

god2“Abraham serves as an example. He believed God, and that faith was regarded by God to be his approval of Abraham.” Galatians 3:6 (Gods Word Translation)

There is a great difference between believing God, trusting in what He has said, and believing in God, or simply that He exists.

The Bible says that even the demons know God exists and tremble. James says it this way, “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” James 2:19 NLT

It’s very important to know, that believing in the existence of God, is not enough to save you. There is no saving faith in the belief that God simply exists. Saving faith is only found in believing that God will do what He said. The Bible tells us that, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19

So when God  tells us in His word, “”That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” And you believe that He will do what He said… then you will be saved! WHY? Because like Abraham, you believe God, and that results in your approval before Him. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8 NLT

This has really been on my heart lately, weighing heavily. Why? Because many times I ‘ve heard people say “Well I believe in God.” with a subtle confidence that it will be enough if heaven is indeed real. But the truth is… it’s not enough. It’s a false hope, based upon wishful thinking. So just so I am being very clear, believing there is a God, and doing good works, will not approve you before God and assure you of eternal hope. But BELIEVING God will!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16  This does not simply mean in His existence, but in His words.

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Defeating Doubt

Jason Silver | Pastor & Author

indecisionRight from the Genesis to this present day, the devil has been working hard trying to get God’s people to doubt what God has said and His faithfulness to fulfill what He has said. He started with Eve in the Garden… “Did God really say not to eat from that tree?” “Oh He did…well he said that because He knows when you do, that you’ll become like Him.” Did you notice Satan said this in a way that made it sound like God was withholding some kind of blessing from Adam and Eve?

The devil will use any available opportunity of wavering thought to get us to take the bait of doubt. And he’ll use any available person:

Mark 8:31-33
Jesus then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

The devil can use one’s most zealous follower to give what sounds like wisdom, but if you listen with spiritual insight, it carries the underlying interests of men.

I personally have played the part of Peter before… where I’ve given advice to someone that I thought was good at the time…and later I had to renounce the words I spoke….and go and tell them I missed it please forgive me. I realized it wasn’t God’s wisdom for them.

Can anyone else relate to that?

Or how often have we listened to someone sharing with us about something there standing in faith and believing God for…and we begin share with them all the reasons we see why it won’t work. Why do we do that, when the Bible says we are to live by faith, not by sight?

I’ve been there…done that…had it happen to me numerous times. The devil will use whatever situation, and whoever He can to get us to doubt God’s promises. In fact it’s one of the most successful tools he uses to rob us from receiving from God. “…because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”  (James 1:7&8)

Don’t ever think that when God gives you a vision that will take faith to see fulfilled, that the devil won’t try to take it. HE COMES FOR THE SAKE OF KILLING THE SEED!!!

In Luke 8:11-15 Jesus said:
“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. 12 “And those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the seeded word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 “And those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 “And the seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 “And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

We often look at God’s dealings with the Israelites, and we think, after all God did for them… and there’s a long list of things…. I can’t believe they continued to doubt His faithfulness.  Yet many times we do the same thing, when circumstances arise in our lives that cause us to forget God’s past faithfulness to us in every other circumstance.

In Deuteronomy 6:10-12 Moses speaking on behalf of God said…

When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you–a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant–then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

So we see our first Doubt Defeating principle to live by…

DO NOT FORGET THE LORD’S FAITHFULNESS!!

2 Timothy 2:13 says
Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

ONE OF THE NAMES OF JESUS IS FAITHFUL!!!

Revelation 19:11 says, “And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True.”

Faithful is His very nature!! He can’t deny it!!

Jesus is always there when you need Him…and we need Him always!!

The second Doubt Defeating principle to live by is this:

DO NOT RECEIVE THE SEEDS OF DOUBT, FROM PEOPLE, OR FROM CIRCUMSTANCES!!

People | 
Mark 5:38-42
When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.

After this he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.

Jesus didn’t allow the doubt and wavering seeds of others to be planted in His heart. He always threw doubt out of the circumstance. He was given many opportunities from those even closest to Him to take the thought, but He never did. He was unwavering in His trust and reliance on the Father’s word and His faithfulness to fulfill it. There’s a lot of doubt seed sowers out there…don’t let them plant it in the garden of your heart!! Jesus didn’t…and look at what He accomplished!!

Circumstance | Luke 8:22-25
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

LISTEN…

You can measure your level of faith, by your level of peace amidst the storm.

REMEMBER: WITH FAITH, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD. AND WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD.

 So again, the second principle of defeating doubt is…

DO NOT RECEIVE THE SEEDS OF DOUBT, FROM PEOPLE, OR FROM CIRCUMSTANCE!!

Nip it in the Bud so to speak!!!

And the last doubt defeating principle…but definitely not the least is to … RELY ON GOD’S HELP…through JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Mark 9:20-24
And they brought the boy to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he began rolling about and foaming at the mouth. 21 And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 “And it has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can!’ All things are possible to him who believes.”  24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and began saying, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

I believe this man was genuine in his request for Jesus to help his unbelief, and I believe we can be too. Jesus didn’t let Peter sink; He took him by the hand., and lifted him up. Why? Because even when we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny His very nature!! AMEN???

Acts 4:29-31 says…
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

Whenever I feel like giving into doubt, or have already, I try to think of the power of the Holy Spirit in my life…I ask him to fill me anew…I start to speak in my personal gift of tongues, and the doubt begins to lift. And faith comes. After all, isn’t this what the scripture tells us will happen?

Jude 20
But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit…

So the 3 Doubt Defeaters Once Again are:

DO NOT FORGET THE LORD’S FAITHFULNESS!!
DO NOT RECEIVE THE SEEDS OF DOUBT, FROM PEOPLE, OR FROM CIRCUMSTANCE!!
RELY ON GOD’S HELP…through JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Pentecost: Gods Resource for His Church

Jason Silver | Pastor & Author

holy_spirit_fireRead Acts Chapter 1 and 2

Wikipedia explains it this way:

The word Pentecost is from the Ancient Greek Pentēkostē, meaning “the Fiftieth [day]”) it is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ.  The feast is also called Whitsun Whitsunday, Whit Sunday, or Whitsuntide, especially in the United Kingdom. Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks (50 days) after Easter Sunday, hence its name. Pentecost falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

Pentecost is historically and symbolically related to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot, which commemorates God giving the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mount Sinai fifty days after the Exodus. Among Christians, Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in the New Testament book of Acts chapter 2 verse 3.  For this reason, Pentecost is described as the “Birth of the Church”.The Pentecostal denomination of Christianity derives its name from this biblical event.

Pentecost is not just a denomination, it is a divine resource provided by God to every believer who would receive it. It is more than just tongues; it is the power and boldness to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in the Earth!! Jesus Himself proclaimed this in Acts 1:8 when He said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses.” How can we effectively witness about Jesus who Himself walked in the power of the Holy Spirit, if we too were not able to walk in the same manner? 1 John 2:6 says, “the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” Now many would say that John meant holiness here… I agree. Jesus walked in holiness, but Jesus walked also in the Power of the Holy Spirit. As matter that was also how He walked in holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit. You can’t really separate the two.

When those in the Church were first called Christians, it was because they were speaking and acting (in power) like Christ. FOLKS..They were able to do this because of PENTECOST!!

REMEMBER: Jesus told them to do nothing but wait UNTIL they received the Promise of the Father!! Jesus did not want His followers to be ill equipped! We need to understand that while Jesus was with the disciples, they operated alongside the mantle that was on Jesus. But when Jesus left Earth they needed their own mantles. Jesus explains this  to the disciples in John 16:7-8 he says… Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

Pentecost is for today… God’s resource is not recorded anywhere in scripture as drying up, so to speak. It did not die with the Apostles, there is nowhere in scripture saying anything like this. As matter fact, it’s just the opposite.

 In Acts 1:7-8
Jesus said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Not to mention the Power of the Holy Spirit was given to reach the ends of the Earth, so until we reach every nation, and every tongue, the power will still be needed.

Romans 15:17-20
Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God. 18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— 19 by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.

Arguments Concerning Present day Pentecost  Experience:

A.
  In Acts 19  Paul the Apostle  asks, “Which baptism are you of?” Which implies more than one. In fact there are 2 baptisms!! With water representing our cleaning from sin and identification with Christ death and resurrection. Secondly with Spirit and Fire to be witnesses in power that are holy!

B.  When will diverse tongues cease?

1 Corinthians 13:8-12
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

That which is perfect is clearly the Kingdom of God come to Earth! Not the completed Bible. God’s will done on earth as it is done in Heaven… perfectly! We’re not seeing that yet, the imperfect is still here all around us. So until God’s kingdom comes; Pentecost is needed.

C. Pentecost power was only for the Apostles to start the Church.

Really?

Ephesians 4:11-13
It was he (Jesus) who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 UNTIL WE ALL reach unity of faith in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

The five fold ministry is given until we “the church” attain perfection in Christ… FOLKS Paul is obviously referring to the KINGDOM OF GOD!!! Even to his own admission, he had not yet attained the goal of his faith… to become wholly like Christ. The divine provision of Pentecost is for today, and is for tomorrow, and will be until Christ returns!!


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