“Jesus told them, ‘This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent’” (John 6.29 NLT).
I’m reading the Book of John, and I’m surprised by how many times Jesus says the word, “Believe.” I did a search at www.blueletterbible.org and counted over 50 times. I felt the Holy Spirit really pressing the issue of belief deep within my soul because the entire premise of our faith is based on our belief in Jesus, His Word and His Work.
The opposite of belief is disbelief. And I quickly understood that the main agenda of Satan is to sow disbelief into our souls. First, our enemy wants us to have disbelief in Jesus. This is his primary goal–to prevent us from receiving salvation in the first place. Second, if the enemy can’t sow disbelief into our salvation, he’ll do it into our purpose.
If Satan can’t prevent a Believer from going to heaven, he’ll try to steal away their ability to bring anyone else into heaven. Satan knows that our true purpose in life will lead to souls finding a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We will lead people directly into heaven or we will encourage others in their faith who will lead people to heaven. Either way our lives will produce eternal fruit when we are fulfilling God’s purposes for us. And as we follow God’s plan for our lives, we will mature into our best selves–the masterpiece God made us to be (Ephesians 2.10).
So our enemy will try to make us doubt everything God wants for us. He wants us to doubt our purpose, God’s promises, our righteousness through Jesus Christ–anything to cause us to fall short of God’s best plan for us. If we look closely at any temptation or struggle we are dealing with, it is usually rooted in disbelief. Fear, anxiety, distraction, depression, addiction, etc., can all be sourced to lacking belief God.
We don’t believe God is faithful. We don’t’ believe God can take care of us. We don’t believe God’s promises are true. We don’t believe that we have joy in Christ independent of our circumstances. We don’t believe God can heal our wounds and fill our emptiness. When we don’t believe Jesus at His Word, we succumb to disbelief, which has a variety of negative outcomes that cause havoc in our lives.
We need to know God’s Word to believe His Word. We need to know Jesus to rest our belief on Him. We can combat our disbelief only by filling our minds and hearts with His Word, the Bible. And we can spend time with God in prayer, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us, encourage us, remind us and fill us.
Protect and guard your belief because Jesus says that everything hinges on it.
“And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me” (John 16.8-9 NLT).