John 1:12 NKJV - "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name."
I'm bringing this verse to you today to help explain what "believing God" should mean to you. Many believers know that the Lord makes the promise to all who believe in His Son, Jesus, and receive Him into their hearts, that they will be saved and will become children of God. They know that believing on Christ is a very personal decision that every believer had to make. Now, NOTE THIS! - Why do we believe God in a personal way for our salvation but then have a hard time believing God in a personal way when it comes to His other promises, commands, instructions, etc.?!
If God says, "Be anxious for nothing" as He does in Philippians 4:6, He expects a believer to believe that being anxious for nothing is actually possible for a believer personally to enjoy! God expects a believer to personally rely on Him for a worry- free life as much as He expects a believer to personally rely on Him to take them to heaven when they die! Why is that so hard for a believer to believe? We somehow think that believing for salvation is a personal thing and then we don't apply that same personal faith in God to help us live the Christian life! That's a shame! We're missing out on enjoying so many of God's promises because of our lack of personal faith in God for everything!
When I gave you Philippians 2:13 a couple of days ago, I wanted you to see that God gives the desire and the power to every believer to do what pleases Him. He wants every believer, and that includes you, to take this personally. For me, that means that God gave Pastor Eckardt the desire and the power to do what pleases God. I need to take that as a personal promise and commitment made by God to me, Pastor Eckardt! Now, take my name out of those statements and put your name in my place. Do you believe that God wants to do that for you? That's where "personal faith" is as important here as it was when you got saved. Again, more to come.