Do You Believe?

And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

Matthew 9:28

LORD Jesus we praise You. Help us, O God we pray, and open our eyes, our ears, our hearts, so that we may believe in the whole counsel of Your perfect Word. Let us discover, believe, and live what You require of us. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Do you believe in God? Do you have faith? What exactly is faith? The Bible says:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

The Word of God says that we must first believe that God exists, and that, to be rewarded, we must diligently seek Him:

But without faith it is impossible to please Him,
for he who comes to God must believe that He is,
and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6

So, let me ask you again: Do you believe and have faith in God? How about His Word? Do you believe His Word to be the Truth? Bits and pieces of it? A big part of it? All of it?

Before putting the person to be baptized under water our former pastor would ask the person one question:

Who is Jesus to you?

This goes deep, does it not? How would you answer it? Who do you say that Jesus is? What do you believe or not believe about Him?

Do you believe that Jesus is able to perform?

In today’s verse two blind men followed Jesus and said to Him: “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And, before He showed them mercy and healed them, He asked them if they would believe that He is able to do this. (Matthew 9:27-30)

Does Jesus show mercy? Is He able to heal the sick?

Do you believe that Jesus can see everything?

Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”

John 1:50

Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

John 9:35

Do you believe that Jesus is Life, and that with Him there is no death?

And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?

John 11:26

In what or in whom do you believe in?

Believe in the LORD Jesus and trust His Word 100% today.

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Heavenly Hugs

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

1 Peter 1:25

LORD Jesus we praise You for loving us with perfect love for You are Love. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we fail to see Your great Love for us. You laid down Your Life for us so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Enable us to seek You early, to understand Your Word, and to do Your Will. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Years ago, my former pastor’s wife has sent me a card the size of a credit card with beautiful flowers and the following words on its front:

Hugs are the perfect gift.

It was the perfect gift I have received from her, and I treasure this card very much. You see, I love to hug friends and family members, and I guess I’m famous for that. One Sunday, for example, after letting go of the pastor’s wife of our local church, she said: “Goodness, you are a hugger, eh?”

Yes, for me this is one way to show my appreciation to others. There is something so special about hugging one of my sisters in a hearty manner.

I love to hug while my husband does not so much. Oh, don’t misunderstand, he surely loves me, this I know. He is just not so much into that physical kind of hugging thing; but he will hug me in other ways — like showing his appreciation by writing little love notes, or by giving me cute little teddy bears. This is one of them:

It sits by my computer all day, and whenever I look at it I “feel” very much hugged; and whenever I read the words on its heart I’m reminded of my husband telling these words to me.

My point is that there may or may not be hugs in heaven, and that is not important. The heavenly hug, Jesus’ reaching out to touch and change our life, is very different and by far more worth and loving than any physical hug could ever be. Everything here on earth, which may include hearty hugs, will some day come to an end, but the Word of the LORD endures forever!

Read God’s Word and praise His name today.

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Reference vs Reverence — Part 2

Let all the earth fear the LORD;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

Psalm 33:8-9

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are God Almighty, Creator of the universe, and Savior of the world. You are on the Throne and above all! Hallelujah! Forgive us, O LORD, whenever we forget that and whenever we get side-tracked and lose sight of Your Greatness, Your Goodness, and Your Mercy. Help our unbelief, O God, and enable us to fear You and not the world. Whatever it is that we are facing, You speak and things get done. Even the winds and the sea have to obey You. Let us diligently study Your Word and do as You say. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

In Wednesday’s post I wondered if we do make reference to God and what He says in His Word. Today I want to challenge us by asking: How many times do we only talk about God’s Word (making reference to it) when, instead, we should be showing reverence.

Sooner or later, a writer who studies the craft of writing will bump into this sentence:

“Show, don’t tell.”

It is important for the writer to remember this because it will often make all the difference. What is true about the writer is true about the Christian as well:

“Show, don’t tell.”

True, we cannot avoid words altogether, but many times our actions and reactions speak louder and clearer to this fallen world. Most of our words we are using to evangelize should be taken directly from the Bible, and what we share of God’s Word should match our life.

When we speak about God do people hear our reverence for God? Do they notice that we have deep respect for Him? Can they tell that we are not willing to say or do anything that would offend Him?

Do you see the difference of telling about God (merely making reference to Him) vs giving Him all the glory and honor (showing Him reverence)?

Noah Webster, in his 1828 dictionary, defines reverence like this:

The fear acceptable to God, is a filial fear, an awful reverence of the divine nature, proceeding from a just esteem of his perfections, which produces in us an inclination to his service and an unwillingness to offend him.

How would you define the word reverence? I would say something like this: Having a deep respect for that someone, giving honor and glory to him, adore and praise him for his works.

Reverence God and His Word and praise Him today.

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