The Believer Is
A Word Practitioner
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble
There’re people who say they don’t believe in Jesus at all; while there’re some others who though believe He is the Son of God, have never confessed His Lordship over their lives. Someone once asked, “Which one of these two groups of people can be classified as unbelievers?” Both! An unbeliever is anyone who hasn’t obeyed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s not enough to believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God; you must also confess Him as Lord of your life. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
The word “believe” is a verb formed from two Anglo-Saxon words. The first means, “to accept that something is or exists,” and the second means, “to act like it is.” To believe therefore means to accept that something exists and then act accordingly. It’s an action word that brings about possession. You can’t claim to believe without acting. Thus to qualify as a believer, you have to be a Word practitioner; a doer of the Word!
In the latter part of our opening scripture, we read that even the devils believe that Jesus is the Son of God and they tremble! But that doesn’t make them “believers”; because a believer accepts what God says, and then speaks and acts accordingly. So, If you truly believe God is who He says He is, has done what He says He has done, you must talk, act and live accordingly.
Don’t stop at merely believing that Jesus died and was raised back to life. Though that makes your heart right with God, it doesn’t guarantee your salvation. You’ve got to also accept His finished works by confessing His Lordship over your life; that’s the action that catapaults you into salvation. Your believing in Christ must propel you to action; that’s when believeing translates to faith.
I receive with gladness, meekness and faith your Word concerning my success, health, victory and prosperity; and I act in consonance with that Word today,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 4:13; Romans 4:19-20
1 Year Bible reading plan: John 3:22-36; 2 Samuel 23-24
2 Year Bible reading plan: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20;Proverbs 3