The Need to Believe

“Jesus said to him, “Go; your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off.” (John 4:50 NASB)

“So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives”; and he himself believed and his whole household.” (John 4: 53 NASB)

Isn’t it wonderful when God speaks a timely word of comfort, direction, or encouragement? Whether that word comes in the form of a still, small knowing in your heart of hearts, or a passage of scripture suddenly seems to come alive and speaks to you like never before, you instinctively know it is God’s answer to you and for you. When this happens it is as if the Lord has graced you with a gentle reminder that He is with you and He sees and is concerned about the affairs of your life. Many times that word, alone, is enough to make you want to jump up and celebrate (and I believe you should), but I must add that with the celebration of a word or answer received also comes the responsibility to believe and to act.

Belief is the key that unlocks the floodgates of blessings to flow into your life. This action of belief must be intentional and consistent, as more times than not, there are going to be many things that will try to make you doubt the very word that was spoken – like the fact that the situation, person, or circumstance has yet to change. If you are not intentional about believing what God has spoken, the seemingly “lack of change” may quench the fire of belief and stifle the action that is necessary to receiving the manifestation of the things God has spoken. Take the royal official in the above passage for example, as soon as Jesus spoke the word that his son was healed and instructed him to go, the scripture says he believed and started on his journey. Although he had yet to get word from the home front that his son was healed, his actions testified of the belief that existed in his heart. It wasn’t until he was in the middle of his journey that he received word that his son was healed. The passage goes on to state that when he reflected on just when that healing took place, he realized that it was “at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives”; and he himself believed and his whole household.” (verse 53).

I want to encourage you that if you haven’t already begun to do so, apply a hefty dose of “belief” to the word God has spoken to you. In addition to that, allow every word you speak and every action you take to testify of the strong belief you have in your heart, and expect to see the manifestation of what God has spoken in your life.

God Bless You!



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