There was a rather robust lady that was about to be baptized. The pastor lead her and some others down into the river. Now, this particular denomination believed in being baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. In other words, she was going under 3 times. So, the pastor took her by the hand and one of the men of the church helped him and they leaned her backwards and dunked her under the water.. she came up.. and the pastor asked her, ‘Do you believe?’ and she cried ‘I Believe’.. and back under she went.. they brought her up again and asked her, ‘Do you believe?’ and she cried ‘I Believe’… and under for the third time she went… asked her, ‘Do you believe?’ and she cried ‘I Believe’.. and then the pastor asked here.. ‘Sister, what do you believe?’… and she answered.. ‘ I believe you so and so’es are trying to drown me.. ‘
Make sure what you believe is correct.. that you are believing in the correct thing.
Believe and Faith come from the same word in Greek. Faith is the word ‘pistis’ in the Greek. The verb ‘pisteuo”, translated ‘I Believe’ is from the same word. Saying ‘I believe’ is to say ‘I Faith’. Now, we must be careful to not misinterpret that.
From the Strong’s Concordance we find:
pisteuó: to believe, entrust
Original Word: πιστεύω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (pist-yoo’-o)
Short Definition: I believe, have faith in
Definition: I believe, have faith in, trust in; pass: I am entrusted with.
From this, we must understand that the verb form is ‘Present Indicative Active’. Present is the tense. It means now.. right now… not then, not later but right now. Indicative is the mood which ‘demonstrates true reality’. It is not some figment of the imagination but this IS reality. Active is the voice. It denotes who is doing the action. The noun is the one doing the believing. It also denotes ‘action’. This is just as active as I throw, I hit, I paint, I build, and so forth. It is NOT passive, like I feel, or I think, or such. You cannot be a Christian and not be ACTIVE. Your belief requires it.
Your belief must be NOW, must be your reality and must show action. Hebrews 11:1 says NOW Faith (pistis) is…… Faith is in the present tense. In God there is no past no future, only the now. That is why He told Moses ‘tell them I AM has sent you..’
Hebrews 11:1 also says Faith (pistis) is your reality. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is what your reality is.. Faith is what says I am healed by his stripes. Faith says, My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory… now Faith is what allows Jesus, Peter and others through history to walk up to a dead person and say ‘rise, walk’ and they get up from the dead.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 says Right now, my reality is what God says it is. God is not a man that he could lie. So, stand firm on his promises. That is what the Scripture is.. a Covenant between YOU and God. If you can’t believe God, who can you believe? Anything else is probably of Satan. And like Adam and Eve, we often are far too eager to believe the lies of Satan before we will believe the truths of God. That is the big sin of the Garden. In Hebrews 11:6 it says, But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
In English there are at least 2 kinds of ‘believing’. One is the mental assent. I believe Abraham Lincoln was a man. I know it mentally because I have read testimonies, seen the results. I have no first hand knowledge of him, no physical interaction with him, but I do believe he existed. By the same measure, many believe in Jesus Christ.
Then there is the heart felt belief. There are many that have heart felt beliefs in the NAACP or KKK. They believe with all their hearts, but they believe amiss. There are those that believe in their Union or Professional Organization. They believe with all their hearts but they believe amiss. There are those that believe in their political party or activist group. They believe with all their hearts, but they believe amiss.
Only the belief in God through Christ Jesus will give you what you are looking for in all these other groups.
The kind of verb which occurs most often in the New Testament is the Present, Indicative, Active.. That is, the tense is present (describing action taking place now), the voice is active (meaning that the verb’s subject is acting and not being acted upon), and the mood is indicative (which demonstrates true reality). Present, Indicative, Active verbs are translated in English as a present tense verb. They retain their active or passive nature but no mood is present in the English language except by adverbs and other devices.
For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that you have need of these things. 31 But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added to you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luke 1:30 And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.
From G5401; to frighten, that is, (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, that is, revere: – be (+ sore) afraid, fear (exceedingly), reverence.
Total KJV occurrences: 93
We get our word ‘phobia’ from this word.
Full Definition of phobia
an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation
Simple Definition of phobia
an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something
Definition of ‘Phobia’ By Mayo Clinic Staff
A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance. Unlike the brief anxiety most people feel when they give a speech or take a test, a phobia is long lasting, causes intense physical and psychological reactions, and can affect your ability to function normally at work or in social settings.
Several types of phobias exist. Some people fear large, open spaces. Others are unable to tolerate certain social situations. And still others have a specific phobia, such as a fear of snakes, elevators or flying.
Not all phobias need treatment. But if a phobia affects your daily life, several therapies are available that can help you overcome your fears — often permanently.
Uses of the phrase ‘Fear Not’ in the Four Gospels are in Matthew 1:20, Matthew 10:26, Matthew 10:28, Matthew 10:31, Matthew 28:5, Luke 1:13, Luke 1:30, Luke 2:10, Luke 5:10, Luke 8:50, Luke 12:7, Luke 12:32, Luke 18:4, Luke 23:40, John 12:15
How do I make my Faith, my Belief, my reality?
That is a great question. It requires a total commitment to God and His word. It requires obedience to what He says. As one old preacher once said, ‘Read the Red and do what He said… ‘ and that is pretty good advice. If we do what Jesus told us out of His own mouth, we would be a long way down the road to making my Faith my reality.
First you must learn to study the Bible. Then you must ‘confess’ the Bible. The Hebrew term is to ‘meditate’. To ‘imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, sore, speak, study, ‘
Proverbs 8:4 To you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. 5 O you simple, understand wisdom: and, you fools, be you of an understanding heart. 6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing fraudulent or perverse in them.
This is what you are saying when you speak forth God’s words. You are agreeing with God. You are saying His truth, which is the only real truth. When His word becomes your speech, your Faith becomes your reality.
Luke 6:45 (KJV)
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Mark 11:22-24 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
22 And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].
23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.
24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].
Romans 4:17 in various translations..
(as it is written: “I have made thee a father of many nations”), in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.
(as it is written, A father of many nations have I made thee) before him whom he believed, even God, who giveth life to the dead, and calleth the things that are not, as though they were.
(as it is written [in Scripture], “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the sight of Him in whom he believed, that is, God who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.
As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
There appears to be little doubt. Your words say a lot. Your faith is found in your words. What you speak is what you believe.
Proverbs 6:2 (KJV)
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Align your speech with what God says. In this way you can align your Faith with Him. That is how you make your Faith your Reality Now, by the actions of your mouth.
Father, I ask you to help us guard our speech. Help us to get our speech in line with Your word that we might become more like you would have us to be.