KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 1:5 ” And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge”.
For our next series of studies we would be considering various moral virtues.
A virtue is a good quality in men, and is also admirable. The first of these virtues to look at is believe in God. This may appear very simple and unimportant, yet it is the foundation upon which every other virtue rest or stands. In actual fact the Lord says without it no one can please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
The main sin for which men would be judged and cast into eternal damnation is unbelieve in God. (John 16:9) “Of sin, because they believe not on me “;
Believing is not an act of God in man, but a decision of an individual to exercise his or her will to accept what God has said about Himself. When a man acts this way God justifies Him. (Rom 5:1).
God’s revelation of Himself to humanity presently is Jesus Christ. (Matt 1:23, 1st John 5:20)
Believe in Him is true freedom and fulfillment in this life. Every hurt, worry, pain in the heart is a sign that man has pushed aside this simple virtue. Fear which is a common human trait, which has robbed and terrorized most people, has had that freedom to harass men because man refuses to believe in the Lord Jesus. .
Please ask yourself, do I have peace, is there anything that troubles me, do I find it difficult to relate with my neighbor? If your answer is yes then certainly you have cast away that confidence in the Lord. Hebrews 10:35 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward”. It does not matter whether you call yourself a Christian or not, so long as you have emotional pain, then there is something wrong with your believing. Believing in Him is the foundation for all proper actions that goes to honor Him, and liberates us from all emotional pain. We must daily and moment by moment submit our wills to His revealed word, so we can be free from the bondage and deception in this life. BELIEVING IS A CHOICE, CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THE LORD.
My confidence is not in my reason but solely in Jesus. By Him I am absolutely free and walk in dominion and fulfillment in this life.
Numbers 20:12 “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them”.
Hebrews 11:6 ” But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.