Many people are of the opinion that “as long as you believe it, it’s ok or even if you don’t believe, it God understands!” This does not cut it! Yes, God understands but that doesn’t mean He agrees with you. It’s not about God understanding but on your doing what the Word tells you to do and that is to believe His Word with all your heart. What you believe can mean the difference between Heaven and hell and will affect your eternal destiny. You have to believe the right thing, if you want the right results!
A certain minister who had taken a group of Bible students on a missions trip, overheard one of them talking to a passerby. He was telling the person that it didn’t really matter what he believed but just to say the sinner’s prayer. Well, the minister stopped that right in its tracks and said that it certainly did matter what he believed in order to get saved!
Likewise, it really does matter what you believe if you’re going to walk in the promises of God and see them manifested in your life. You can’t half-heartedly believe the Word of God and expect to get His results. It doesn’t work that way.
Notice the following scriptures:
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Jesus tells us to believe in our hearts, confess with our mouths and believe that we receive when we pray. Then we’ll get the desired results. It matters what you believe.
Then there are those who say it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re a good person and try to do the right thing. Where is that in the Bible? It isn’t but sadly many people are of that persuasion.
Let’s go in a little different direction. What do you believe about healing? Do you believe that God still heals today? Have you ever been sick and got healed? Well, Who do you think healed you? Even doctors report that they cannot heal. They only address the symptoms. The rest is up to God.
Have you ever had a cut and watched it heal? Who do you think made your body to heal like that? God, of course! So, we see that God still heals today but let’s take it a step further.
When sickness attaches itself to your body, is God the first One you go to or is it the doctor and the medical staff? Do you go to the doctor and then when you get an evil report, turn to God in desperation and plead for healing? This ought not so to be!
Nowhere in the Bible does God tell us that in the 21st century, healing will no longer be available to us from Him. Let’s look at Luke 4.
Luke 4:18 (KJV) 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised …
Acts 10:38 (KJV) 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
1 John 3:8b (KJV) For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Notice that Jesus came to heal and destroy the works of the devil. And of course sickness is the work of the devil because if sickness were of God, then Jesus would have been in direct opposition to the Father’s will. It grieves me to hear that people think that God put sickness on them to teach them some redeeming lesson. Hopefully, you’re not one to those people.
If you believe that healing from God is not for us today, you’ll never be able to partake of His healing power in your life. Even those who don’t believe that healing is for us today will shoot up a prayer to ask God for healing! Isn’t that a little bit hypocritical?
Getting back to what you believe, it is important to believe the truth of God’s Word so that you can partake of His promises. But, all that being said, you still have to believe by faith, trusting that what God has said in His Word is true and then acting on it in faith. That’s when you see manifestations of His promises come to fruition in your life!