Believing (in the biblical sense of the term) is not just simply knowing that something is there.
It's deeper. And going deep is at a premium in the Kingdom of God (in the here and now).
This is particularly true where the study and understanding of the Word of God is concerned.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 - "And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [ exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it]."
Man, that is one beautiful passage. It contains so many elements of truth about God and His Word, (the Holy Bible).
First of all, the study of the Word of God aids in believing.
When I say believing I do not mean the superficial understanding that there is such a thing, but moving way past that.
Certainly we must first realize that there is a Word to be studied and ingested. Then we are to move quickly further along into adhering, trusting, and relying.
That's what it means to "believe". Adhering, trusting, relying. We apply that rule over the entire scope of biblical understanding.
The Word of God is "supernatural in its ability, and superhuman in its foundation."
There is nothing superficial about it.
So, when we commit to studying it we can expect a supernatural impact upon our hybrid nature. By that I mean we are a trichotomy (body, soul, and spirit) in our makeup commonly known as "human being." In reality we are 2/3 supernatural, as our soul and spirit will return back to God. The body stays in the ground.
If you have studied the Word diligently you already know all of that.
You will know many more things. You will gain wisdom and secrets of the ages which are known only to those who have become disciples of Jesus Christ. No spiritually stunted person knows the things a good student of the Word of God knows. Knowing Christ unleashes the "Helper", who is the Holy Spirit.
This is why we fare better in life. This one and the next.
Do you want to fare better in life? Do you want to be an instrument in God's hands for the well being of those who suffer for a lack of knowledge and wisdom?
I hope so.
It's at your fingertips. It's at your ear. It's within your spirit.
Commit to allow yourself to be changed. Adhere to, trust in, and rely upon His Word today.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><