Benefits of Believing



John 3:12

I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?

If Bobby said to Billy in the heat of summer, “I have some ice cream in my car. You can have it.” Billy has to decide whether he trusts Bobby. If Bobby is a stranger, he might not believe him. If Bobby has deceived him before, Billy probably won’t believe him. If Bobby is a friend, but Billy knows the car has been in the hot sun for an hour, he might not believe him. If Billy’s mother said there was some ice cream in the car, Billy might run to the car in expectation of finding it.

Why? Because he believes her.

The above verse from John 3 reminds us that we have to trust the messenger before we believe spiritual things. Jesus taught about spiritual things in parables, which were pictures of natural, earthly things. Those who trusted Jesus enough to take action on it received more than just earthly wisdom. They received spiritual blessings.

Do you have the wisdom to believe simple things?

I have a kitchen chair that supports my weight every time I sit in it. I’ve had decades of experience with that chair. I don’t have to worry about crashing to the floor when I need to sit. I trust that chair.

God blesses his kids with the comfort of  knowing we are his. I know I’ll be with God forever because he said he’ll never abandon me. I don’t have to worry. I trust that truth.

The chair and God’s truth are similar enough to make a point about trust. But they’re different in that the chair can be demolished and God’s word cannot. Knowing the similarities and differences help to etch the truth deeper inside me. Why? Because I’m building on the truth I already trust.

If you look at your history, you might find a path from spiritual blessings backward to the earthly truths that laid the foundation for your belief.

Will that help you make forward progress? I hope so. Thanks for seeking God with me.


Acting On The Truth


Jonah 3:4-5
Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
 Jonah hated the Ninevites and wanted the prophecy to be fulfilled. He was only warning them about being overthrown because God told him to deliver a message. He thought they had no fear of God and would disregard his message. But the king of Nineveh proclaimed that all people and all animals would not eat or drink, would be covered in sackcloth as a sign of repentance, and would stop all violence. God saw their sincerity and relented.

The Ninevites believed the truth about God, and they acted on it. How many of us in our busy little worlds hear an invitation to draw closer to God and decide that we don’t have time for God. The people of Nineveh tore up their To Do lists and made time for repentance. They believed Jonah’s message about God.

Are we acting on what we know about God? We can start today. Thanks for coming here to seek God with me.

What If They Don't Believe?


Exodus 4:4-5
Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”
What would happen if God spoke to you? It happens all the time to Christians who are serious in their relationship with God. What if he told you to tell someone specific about him? What if they don’t believe you?

This happened to Moses when God sent him to set free those enslaved by Pharaoh. The proof that he was on a mission from God was not a signed document, but miracles and plagues.

What’s your proof that you’re on a mission from God?

We’re supposed to act like we belong to God. We’re supposed to look like him. Not with a physical feature, but with a spiritual family resemblance. Children often pick up similar body language and verbal expressions from their parents. If we hang out with God long enough to pick up his attitudes, we’ll be easily recognizable as children of God.

God doesn’t ask me to do miracles everyday as proof that I belong to him, but if he asks me to perform a specific task and someone sees it as a miracle, I’m okay with that. However, God does expect me to behave like I’m his kid. I tell my children that they represent me when we’re not together. People who know they belong to me expect them to act according to my values. The same should hold true for God’s kids.

What if you told someone that you belong to God, and they didn’t believe you? What would you do?

Who Will Believe The Truth?


Mark 16:17
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;”
 This month, I’m thinking about the question, “Who will believe the truth?”

Students are starting a new school year, so they’re receiving information that they assume to be true. If they don’t believe the new info to be true, the teacher must convince them. It takes a lot longer to teach a student who doesn’t believe what you say. Those who listen and believe can act on the truth and grow in that truth faster.

If you don’t believe the truth, you can’t act on it. Those who do believe the truth can show evidence that what they believe is truth.

When Jesus was turning everyone’s world upside-down simply by telling the truth, he gave evidence to back up what he was saying. His truth was spiritual. There were spiritual responses that showed up in visible form such as healings, walking on water, and divine protection.

He taught his disciples that those who didn’t believe the truth couldn’t benefit from those evidences. Jesus went to his hometown, but few there would believe him. The few who did believe were able to receive not just healings, but also a new perspective. And a changed life.

How about you? Do you believe what Jesus said?