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Apr
16

Being A True Believer

1 John 5:1-5 (NIV)
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
 
Faith is essential to being a follower of Jesus.  That faith has to be more than saying, “I believe.”  It is about living out your faith on a daily basis.  One can believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God without that belief transforming their life.  This is not true faith.  Notice what John says about our faith.  To be born of God means that we love the Father and His children.  How do we know that we love God’s children?  We love God and obey Him.  Loving God means obeying His commands, which are not burdensome.  What are God’s commands?  To love God and to love people.
James said that faith without works is dead (James 2:17).  If we only say “I believe” and never live like a believer, we are no different than demons.  What did the demons say to Jesus before He cast them out of a man and into some pigs?  “What do you want with us, Son of God?” (Matthew 8:29, NIV).  The demons believe in Jesus as the Son of God.  Saying, “I believe” is not enough!  Our faith must transform our lives and cause us to become more like Jesus.  That means loving God and loving people.  Faith and obedience go hand in hand.  True faith is not just saying, “I believe.”  True faith is living out what you believe each and every day.
PRAYER: Help me, O God, to be a true believer today.  To do more than just give Jesus lip service.  To love You and Your children in the things I think, say and do.  Help me to be like Jesus to those I meet today.  In His name, amen.
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