Believe that he is!

I’ll kindly ask you to read Joshua 4 again. 

Beginning here, your life will be transformed only if you’ve faith. Jesus asked his disciples, “Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with…” Matthew 20:22-23 

You’ll crossover only if you believe, for “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.”

Jesus said, “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” John 1:51

It’s not everyone that will see, but only they who believe.

However, faith doesn’t have to be ginomous for it to work. Whatever the size, believing that God is, will give it the motion. Do you believe?

Now, you’re probably saying, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:24.

Many believers struggle with unbelief; it is possible to believe, but at the same time not believe, and this is what many of us do, as was the situation with that parent. 

Probably, you’re reading this because you believe, and that step will take you to another level/dimension of faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God.

Now, you’ve to master this concept; before you crossover you will need to pass the test, if you don’t, you’ll remain on this side Jordan until you pass that test. It is as simple as that. In this test you need to demonstrate that you believe.

“…he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

It’s a test that everyone is expected to pass, in order for God to remove all unbearable hindrances and barriers in your way. You don’t need to pass with a distinction though. “Jesus said unto them…for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20)

You don’t need ginormous faith to crossover, but just to hear – believe – trust.

The bible says, ”And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Genesis 22:1-2

His faith was tested, and so will yours. Here is how Abraham passed; he did as he was instructed, and in verse 12 God said, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” While we talk of the faith of Abraham – this is it folks.

Crossing over with God requires your total dependence on God, and obedience and commitment to God; you got to prove your faithfulness to the Lord, that him only will you serve. Show that you can wait for him and be chargeable – Christ carried his cross. Cooperate with him to the point of death. If he says go spy, you go spy. Trust him through it all.

When you come to God believe…

The bible urges us to walk in the steps of faith of our father Abraham, and we saw what Abraham did above. Then it says, “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed…” Romans 4:16

I hear people talk of grace; it’s faith that takes you there, and faith is mere believing that God is, and that he’s able.

When you come to God, believe that he’s. Come to him confidently believing, and with complete faith/trusting  – that he is able.

Abraham, “….before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope…according to that which was spoken…being not weak in faith…he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:17-21

He that comes to him must believe….

“…it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead.”

Hear – believe – call

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:13-17

Yes, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God; hear right, then act upon it. If you hear right, you’ll see alright, and that you hear, will bring you to your desired haven.

Rely on his saving knowledge despite the test or trail you go through. God himself even tries you. The word you hear is sometimes delivered to test you. 

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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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