The Bible says, whoever believes in Jesus, will not perish but have eternal life. Many people, possibly most people, believe there is a God. But the Bible says that even the demons (Satan's angels), believe in God, and they do not and will not live in heaven with God (James 2:19)! So what kind of belief do you think God wants from us? What does it mean to, believe in him?
Faith Chair Illustration: Place a chair at the front of the room. Ask a volunteer if he or she believes the chair can hold him or her up. Point out that the only way you can know for sure that the chair can hold you up is by sitting in it. You can know in your head that the chair is real. You can think that it is strong enough to hold you up, but until you actually sit on it, does your action go from believing in your head, to trusting that it can hold you up. I sat in a chair just like this one once...the screw had come out and the chair gave way on me. The difference between that chair and God is that God never gives out on you.
Believing in God is more than just knowing that he exists. To believe in God means to trust him, to lean on him, to understand that you have no hope apart from him and his work on the cross to pay the penalty for your sin. When you put faith in action by trusting Jesus with your life, both here and in eternity, only then do you have true, believing faith!
To Joey, With Love....WINNER!
1 year ago