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Believe in God
By Brian Price 7/1/2012

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"1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

2 And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

4 And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness." - Genesis 15:1-6

Here we read of Abraham, and his dialogue with God in reference to God giving him a son. In chapter 15 of Genesis, God made this incredible promise to Abraham, that he would give Abraham a son. Abraham, around this time was about 85 years old when he had this conversation with God. He was well beyond the age of conceiving children with his 75 year old wife, Sarah. Yet, God promised Abraham that he would give him a son. In verse 3, we see Abraham's discouragement towards God, because he goes on to say, "Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir."

We see here that Abraham has a desire to have a son, and he has perhaps carried this desire since the days of his youth, which is a very long time. Yet notice what God goes on to say in verse 4.

"And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir."

Notice the kindness of God's reply. God, in his mercy, does not rebuke Abraham for his finger-pointing at God for not giving him a son, but rather, he comforts Abraham with a promise that one day, a child would be born which would be his heir.

And then finally, notice the faith of Abraham. Verse 6 says, "And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness." Romans chapter 4 verse 3 says it this way, "For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." Also, another place in the Bible says it again, this time in James chapter 2 verse 23, "And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God."

Notice in Genesis, Abraham ceased from his complaining towards God, and accepted at face value exactly what God said. God said he would give him a son, and Abraham believed that. He trusted God's word. He did not require any sort of sign. He didn't ask for God to prove it somehow. He just simply believed God. He believed the words which God spoke. You know, if we are to believe God, we must believe what he says. The Bible says, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." - Romans 10:17

In order for anyone to believe God, they have to listen to the Bible. They must believe what it says. Without believing the Bible, there can be absolutely no faith towards God. People wonder why God doesn't just show up on their doorstep, and prove to them personally that he is God. But they don't understand that it doesn't work that way.

God's ways are not our ways. God wants us to believe exactly what he said, just like Abraham did. When this is done, we will not need God to show up on our doorstep, like he did with Doubting Thomas. Jesus said to Thomas, "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." - John 20:29 There is another great example in the Bible of faith towards God that relates to the same faith of Abraham that I want to show you. It is also found in the book of John.

John chapter 4, verses 46-50 says:

"46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.

47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.

48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.

50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way."

Here we read of a certain nobleman who had a son that was sick and ready to die. Like Abraham, this nobleman had a child on his mind that troubled him. He also took his complaint to God, like Abraham did. But notice the reply that Jesus gave to the nobleman. He said in verse 48, "Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe."

Jesus was pointing to the fact that the Jews require a sign from God for everything. Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians, "For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness." - 1 Corinthians 1:22-23

It is unfortunate that we have people today in this world who absolutely refuse to believe in God unless they see some sort of sign or miracle for themselves. Jesus said a wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. The risen Jesus Christ himself is the only sign he will give to us. And Jesus is the incarnate Word. Jesus is the Word made flesh. So the Word of God is the sign. The Bible is our sign. We must believe it. It is this miraculous book that is a sign from God above. The words in this book are a sign in and of itself. It requires nothing more, nothing less. The letters on its pages speak truth, and they are settled in heaven and on earth forever.

Now notice the nobleman's persistence in 49. The Bible says that the man said, "Sir, come down ere my child die." By the way, that word 'ere' means 'before.' So in essence, he said, "Sir come down before my child dies."

Notice the nobleman, like Abraham, only had one thing on his mind - that God would grant him his request in regards to his son. Abraham wanted a son. The nobleman wanted his son to live. And notice the Lord's comforting words to the nobleman in verse 50: "Go thy way, thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way."

You see, the man simply believed those comforting words of God. He took the words of Jesus at face value. He knew that if there was anyone who could help him in this dire situation, it was Jesus. He knew that there was nobody else out there who could heal his son. Only Jesus had the answer. Not the priests. Not the lawyers. No earthly doctor, or physician could help. Only God.

And notice how the Bible says that the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him.

You know, if we would just take the time to listen to the word of God, and BELIEVE what he says, we wouldn't require any sign or wonder. His word would be sufficient. Jesus said that if they won't hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead. That's shocking - that people would still refuse to be persuaded to repent even though God would actually perform a miracle of resurrecting a person from the dead. I think that's outrageous, if you ask me. Here you have some unbeliever going around mocking God, and disbelieving everything Christians are telling him, and yet, if God goes on to perform a great miracle such as raising a man from the dead, and yet the unbeliever still goes on in his stubborn way, my friend, that is quite outrageous! But God said that if they don't hear the Bible, a miracle such as resurrecting a man from the dead would still not be enough to persuade them. Why? Because believing God's word is sufficient. We do not need anything else. His word is perfect. The words contained in scripture speak things that only a Holy and Righteous God can speak. The Bible's prophecies of events were something that only a Real God could foretell of.

My friend, you must believe God. There is no way around it. If you take the Bible, and throw it out the window, do not think God is going to try and speak to you any other sort of way. He is not going to speak to you through the newspaper, or through some college textbook. Using the Bible is how he speaks to the world. The Bible says that Jesus will smite the earth with the sword of his mouth. And he does just that when we read and believe what he says in the Bible. His words in that book do indeed cut to the heart of every man, woman, and child in this world. The thoughts of many hearts are revealed in that Holy Book.

And why does he use a book to speak to us? Because you can't argue with what is written down. When you are at work, and you try to go against the regulations, you cannot argue with your boss and say, "Well, nobody told me I should not be sleeping at work." No, you can't do that because your boss will throw it right back at you, "It's in the book. Didn't you read the book? It's all right there." You can't argue with the police officer and say, "Oh, officer, I had no idea that I had to drive the speedlimit." He's going to look you right in the eye and say, "It was written on the speed limit sign, '50 MPH.' How did you not know?"

It's the same way with God. It is written, it is written, it is written. It is written so that we can listen any time we wish. It is written so we can hear what God says when we get into bad situations. It is written so that people cannot say, "Well nobody told me." Haven't you read it in the book? It's all right there. It is written so that no one can have an excuse.

So in conclusion, I'd like to say to you my friend, Believe in God, and be saved. Believe God and repent before it's too late. If you have never believe God's way of salvation, and if you are trusting in your own good works to get you into heaven, let me suggest to you to repent, and to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus. That's the only way to be saved.

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." - Romans 10:13

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