Belief is Important, But Not as Important as WHAT You Believe in
We are bombarded with information that is presented as true. The flood of information that is out there today makes it hard to know what to believe.
We take something at face value only to find out later that it isn’t true.
Knowing what to believe can be a challenge.
How do we know what to believe?
Knowledge is an important thing, but if we aren’t careful, it takes the place of faith. What we put our faith in is the key to unlocking the life we were meant to have.
Real faith is believing in something bigger than knowledge.
In Mark 9:14-29, Jesus’ disciples were unable to release a boy from his demon. The father of the boy asked Jesus to. “Help us if You can.” Jesus replied, “Why do you say, ‘if You can’?
Anything is possible for someone who has faith!”
At once the boy’s father shouted, “I do have faith! Please help me to have even more.”
After Jesus and His disciples had left and were alone, they asked Him, “Why couldn’t we force out the demon?”
Jesus answered, “Only prayer can force out this kind of demon.”
It appears that the disciples’ efforts were short on faith. For prayer to work we have to have faith.
Knowledge is important but it’s limited.
Faith, on the other hand…if we truly have it, has no limit. Jesus’ followers ask to have their faith made stronger in Luke 17:5-6. He tells them, that if they have faith as small as a mustard seed, they can tell a mulberry tree to pull itself up and plant itself in the ocean and it will.
When it comes to our eternal life…faith in the wrong thing isn’t good either.
Earlier in Luke 17, Jesus tells his disciples that, “Anyone who causes another person to sin, is in for trouble. It would be better for them to be thrown into the ocean with a heavy stone tied around their neck.
He goes on to say that we are to “correct followers who sin and forgive the ones who say they’re sorry.”
This sounds pretty straight forward. If we sin, we are to ask for forgiveness not look the other way.
It doesn’t say it’s okay to sin.
If we believe that Christ is God and that He came to earth as a man and that He is our only way to Heaven…then we need to believe everything He tells us in His Word.
If we believe this, then He is the one and only Truth that we can believe in.