8But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”d that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.Romans 10:8-10
What does it mean to Believe? It is to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so:
These days, It is very easy to say, I am a Christian, I am a believer, I am a follower of Christ, Dear brother, and sister, do you really believe? Do you believe in the Jesus that you are following? Do you trust him enough with all confidence? Do you truly with all sincerity of purpose, rely on Him… as the scriptures make it clear, and even Jesus Christ makes it abundantly clear that the act of “Believing” in Him is the key to “Receiving” from God.
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38
The above passage is an open invitation to all who are thirsty, and hungry for God. When you hear the sound of this invitation and you come to Him, He expects you to also believe in Him, He expects you to trust in Him and know that He is able to do exceedingly above all you can ever ask or think.
Beloved, don’t be deceived not all who call Him, Lord and master — will enter the kingdom of God (Matt 7:21) let us not be like the disciple, Judas Iscariot – who came to Christ, worked with Christ, ate and slept with Christ in the same house alongside the other disciples. Don’t forget, Judas Iscariot, talked, worked, and walked with Christ in all the places Jesus Christ did ministry and miracles. Judas was a first-hand witness to all that… yet refuse to believe in Jesus… and we all know what happened to Judas Iscariot, let’s not allow that to be our portion in Jesus’ name…
But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him…. 66 From that time many of His disciples went [p]back and walked with Him no more John 6:64,66
Sadly, many professing Christians claim to believe in Jesus Christ – whilst still holding onto their idols. You see, these idols could be anything from their money, homes, family/comfort zones, parents, bosses, spouses, and even doctors without knowing that every Idol will come down someday. All other frames will crash and burn to ashes, all other foundations will sink, except that which is built on the surest foundation and that which Jesus Christ has laid. 1 Cor 3:10-12
I want to ask you a question, who will save you in your darkest hour/days? It is only the belief in the Lord Jesus that will keep you from the dreads of this life. when you leave this world even those your specialist/trusted doctors, best friends, and closest family will have no more relationship with you, these are the same people you trusted with all of your heart instead of God. which is no fault of theirs because they are not your God… there is only one God
Before we close, this message is just to remind us that being in close proximity with other Christians and coming from a Christian home does not in any way make us believers.
A person who is a believer must exhibit certain qualities:
1) Put their faith in Jesus Heb 11:6
2) Have confidence in the words and instructions of Christ (Phil 1:6)
3) Maintain a steady relationship with Jesus (Prov 3:5-6)
4) Have a clear understanding of who Jesus is (1 John 4:6)
5) Share and tell others about Him and His works (Matt 28:19-20)
6) Never give up on Him no matter how hard the world becomes (1 Cor 10:13)
7) Look towards His promised return (Titus 2:13)