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Belief is needed
Day 22

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     Why do we need to believe in Jesus Christ to become a Christian? Let me share some of the reasons that Jesus needed to die for us, which is why we need to believe in Him. God created Adam and Eve with a free will so they could choose to do what was right, which was to obey God. However they chose what was evil by disobeying God and their choice brought spiritual and physical death into the world, and made us all God's enemies. Their disobedience put us all in the state of sin.

     Because of our sinful state we are separated from God since He is holy and can have nothing to do with sin. We were headed to eternal punishment in hell, without the hope of eternal life. Nevertheless, He kept pursuing us with His love, because He never wanted to punish us and be separated from us. His love for us drove Him to come down from heaven to take the punishment for our sins upon Himself when He died on the cross. The only thing God asks us to do to be saved from our sins and have eternal life is to believe in Jesus Christ.

     You might be wondering what belief or faith means? Faith is the noun and belief is the verb. Faith is being firmly convinced or completely sure about someone, so that you are able to rely on, or trust in them. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as,

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. NASB®

     Faith is not a feeling. If it was, we women would be in big trouble, because of our vacillating hormones. Beware! Just because you are feeling good or even spiritually high doesn't mean you are living by faith in God. It might mean whatever you are experiencing is just encouraging. The opposite can also be true. Just because you are feeling anxious or out of sorts or in pain, doesn't mean you aren't living by faith in God.

     Faith in God is based on His Word, not on some person's imagination. Just because we hear or read something that sounds spiritual doesn't mean we should rely on or trust in that idea. God only asks us to have faith or belief in what His Word, says!

     Because we are sinners, it's pretty evident salvation had to be a gift from God to us! We receive the gift of being saved from our sins like we would receive any gift, we take it. However, instead of using our hand to take the gift of salvation from God, we take it by belief (Ephesians 2: 8-9).

Life Application

     Wouldn't you agree that God's gift of salvation is far beyond our comprehension and reasoning? It is hard to grasp that type of sacrificial love! I think that is why we struggle (at least some of us) with doubting God instead of believing in Him. Read John 3:14-18, Romans 10:17 and Hebrews 11:6.

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