Do You Believe ?

Southaven, Ms

By: Mike Upchurch

It’s quite simple really. Either you believe in God or you don’t. Either you believe Jesus is His Son or you don’t. Either you believe Jesus came to earth and died in your place as punishment for your sins or you don’t.
Either you believe there is eternal life waiting for everyone or you don’t.

I personally am not convinced that anyone can be a true agnostic. I don’t believe you can partially believe in God anymore than you can partially be pregnant. Perhaps you can partially believe in Bigfoot…..but God, not so much. If you’re thinking that you don’t know, then you don’t believe; otherwise you would say “Yes, there is a God!” You either believe or you don’t!

Sadly, I can’t make you believe if you don’t. It’s a matter of the heart. If you don’t believe, perhaps something happened that caused you to wall up your heart so that nothing from the Lord can get in. To me that’s a dark heart. A lonely heart. Why would anyone choose to be like that? I have no answer, but I know people who have made that choice. They were wounded by life. They felt rejected and became bitter, blaming God for their plight, then they built walls around their heart choosing not to believe. That, in and of itself, is perplexing to me; if God doesn’t exist, how can He be blamed for anything?

But what if somehow they could believe? What would happen if they suddenly became brave enough to let belief in? Well, there’s good news for any believer!

“He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:11-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

They become Children of God. They are forgiven! They are welcomed into the Family of God! They are no longer in possession of a dark heart; they no longer have a lonely heart. They are no longer bitter or angry. They become softer in their spirit towards the Lord and His commands. They see things in a different light. They are RE-BORN! We call it being born again! It happened to me. And it can happen to anyone!

But alas, I can not make that happen for them nor can you. Its up to them. Look at Jesus comment…..

And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6:65

Wow. No one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws them. That’s a harsh word. If you don’t believe, then it’s likely the Father has not granted you access to the Son. But if you open your heart and begin to believe, you will see that you then have an opportunity to draw near to Jesus, for it will be granted to you by the Father.

If I were an unbeliever, I would plead and beg with the Father to accept me into His kingdom! I would cry out to God to grant me the right to come to Jesus. How scary it would be for me if I could not accept Jesus as Savior. But I think differently than an unbeliever because I believe. It’s that simple. The World says “I’ll believe it when I see it!” But God says “You’ll see it when you believe it!”
Jesus said that those who do believe without any proof are blessed…..

Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
‭‭John‬ ‭20:29

Does this column describe you regarding the fact you don’t believe? What a dilemma! You don’t believe, and the Father won’t grant you permission to come to Jesus and be saved because, well, because you don’t believe! It may sound hard to believe, but you can’t believe because you WON’T believe! It’s up to YOU!

If you are an unbeliever turn your hard heart around. Let the Lord melt your frozen heart. Come to Him and plead with Him to help you believe. If you will simply begin to believe, He will draw you to Himself and will grant you eternal life! It’s that simple! Jesus said this…..

“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6:40

What are you waiting for? Believe! Close your eyes and say to your own heart, “Heart, we are going to believe in God! We are going to believe no matter what.” You will be amazed at what will happen! Dare to believe! If you will only try to believe, then you WILL believe!

And that’s the way I see it!

Pastor Mike