Faith

“All things are possible!” I choose daily to live on the positive, believing side of life. I purpose to stay on the positive side, the side that says, “I believe I can do it!” It’s a choice that sometimes is made consciously moment by moment, day by day. It’s not always easy and I wish I could say that I’ve always been positive, but in keeping it real, there’s days when the negative outweighed the positive! However, I’ve set my mind – it’s a choice – to be positive.

I’ve come to the realization that it’s heart issue. I must believe in my heart, and so do you! God’s Word tells us at least one time when Jesus corrected His disciples for being hardhearted.

It started when Thomas made a faithless decision after hearing reports that Jesus was raised from the dead. Thomas told his fellow disciples, “Except I shall see [Jesus]…I will not believe.” John 20:25. Shortly afterward, Jesus “appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.” Mark 16:14.

 Thomas is called “faithless” by Jesus in John 20:27, because he not only rejected God’s Word, but what Jesus said over the past three years, as well as the testimonies of Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus rebuked not only Thomas, but all the disciples for their “hardness of heart.” Their hearts were hard because none of them were in the habit of believing. Like many believers today, the disciples had processed almost everything they heard and saw through their minds, instead of their hearts.

Many Christians fail to understand that faith is a definite, purposeful act of the heart. It isn’t a mental exercise, nor is it accepting something as fact. That’s merely giving mental assent and reasoning with the mind. You can mentally acknowledge that something’s true, but never believe it in your heart.

Real Bible faith is a matter of the heart, and it carries with it God-given responsibilities. When a man came to Jesus for help with his son he said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute; and whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground and he foams at the mouth, and grinds his teeth and stiffens out. I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not do it.” Mark 9:17-18. Then he challenged Jesus with this statement “It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” Mark 9:22.  When the father pleaded for compassion, Jesus put the responsibility back on him, saying, “’If you can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23.

 The boy’s father wanted Jesus to do his believing for him; however, Jesus can’t do that for you. Finally the man broke down in tears and cried out, “Lord, I do believe; help my unbelief” Mark 9:24. Although he was believing in his heart, he was having trouble believing in his head. His heart was saying, I believe, I believe, I believe! But his mind was resisting. Had this man known Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding,” he wouldn’t have had a problem with his head. He could’ve trusted more in his heart and less in his head.

When you put God’s word first place in your life, it conditions your heart to be in the habit of believing. As you constantly feed your heart the Word, you’ll realize that it’s actually God speaking to you personally and that it’s not just information to store in your head.
 
At that point, you must make a quality decision that your body and its physical senses will never override God’s Word in any given situation. If your body screams, “I’m sick!” don’t allow the natural, physical evidence to be the final authority in regards to what you believe. Instead, go to God’s Love Letter as your final authority and read “By [Jesus’] wounds you are healed” in 1 Peter 2:24. It will get out of your head and into your heart. It will get you out of the impossible and into the possible, then you’ll get into the habit of living on the positive, believing side of life.