The Amazing Power of Belief

"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me" - Joh 14:1 ESV.

If you believe you can do something, you will at least try. If you believe big enough, you will try harder. If you believe like your life depends on it, nothing will stop you, not even strong opposition or even initial failure.

If you believe in someone, you will trust him. If you believe big enough, you will invest in him. If you believe like your life depends on it, obedience and loyalty comes easy. If that someone is God, what you are about to see and experience is the most amazing power of belief.

This is based on the stories of those who have a belief so big that they built their life around it. Because of their belief, they challenged powerful enemies and triumphed, they endured tremendous trials and survived, they stared at death and never feared. 

Moses was a shepherd when called to lead the Jewish slaves out of Egypt. The king of Egypt reigns over a then powerful and rich nation. He was not an easy negotiator and even after he let go of the Jews, he attempted one more time to stop them from leaving using his chariot-riding elite military unit . They failed.

Joseph had ten brothers who plotted to kill him but later decided to sell him as a slave instead. As a slave, Joseph experienced being falsely accused and jailed as well as promised with freedom from jail but afterwards forgotten. Yet through all his trials, Joseph never uttered a single complaint nor resentment toward anyone and least of all toward God in whom he believed greatly.

Apostle Paul was told by several prophets of God that he would be bound and delivered to the Gentiles if he goes back to Jerusalem. Many more urged him vehemently not to go, but Paul simply answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus" (Act 21:13).

Every person believes in something or someone. The only problem is that when the object of the belief is a lie, nothing good will ever come out of the belief. The greater is the belief, the worse is the outcome. You are blessed if you haven't fallen victim to a belief in the wrong person. If the belief is in the wrong person, disappointment, heartaches and misery are the only possible outcomes. And nothing can be done by the one to whom the belief is directed since the person isn't what he appears to be.

One can search far and wide and fail to find a person who truly believed in God and ends up miserable. That kind of person simply doesn't exist. Why? Because there is something about truly believing in God that overcomes anything that may usually erode other kinds of belief. I think the reason being that belief in God, which is also called faith, is something that doesn't come from man's ability and therefore doesn't depend upon man's strength or conviction, which is faulty and limited to start with. Instead, it comes from the Lord and thus is unbreakable. For instance, Romans 10:17 tells us, "So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message that is heard is what Christ spoke." This is enduring faith, the one that is built by the powerful words of Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 adds, "We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith." Anything whose source is God becomes inexhaustible by definition. No wonder that when we talk about a big belief in God, nothing in this world can taint nor destroy it. 

But the greatest thing about a great belief in a great God is the great promises He made to all who do. Consider these as just a sample:

I am your strength.
I will never leave you.
I have plans for you to prosper.
I hear your prayers.
I will fight for you.
I will give you peace.
I always love you.

Now tell me, what other belief in anything or anyone can give you these?

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