How True Belief Acts
We think of ourselves as true believers and some of us live as we are taught. No one has to say “I am a Christian” if they live the life that Jesus Christ taught us to live.
When we are children we ran the house in awe-struck wonder of everything we encountered. When our “imagination” was the guiding force we saw things others could not, we heard things other could not and we believed things others would not.
while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
II Corinthians 4:18 NKJV
As life continued through the early ages and we began to be told by someone that what we were seeing wasn’t actually there; what we heard was something that it wasn’t and what we believed was actually false, our lives began to change, to conform and move away from… intrinsic belief. We could have been told by a sibling, a friend or an adult family member but we heard it enough times that everything changed and what we heard faded, what we saw disappeared and what we believed morphed into unbelief.
What if we were allowed to hear, see and believe these things and actually encouraged to go deeper to find out what was actually there? We see what believers did when Jesus came to town and how they responded to His presence. We are told in no uncertain terms that not only did Jesus’ family not believe He was the Messiah, but a significant portion of the villages and towns did not believe in Him either. The thing is, they still don’t believe to this very day. When do we revive and once again begin to believe that Still Small Voice?
Mark 6 NKJV / KJV
45 Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away.
46 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.
47 Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land.
48 Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.
49 And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out;
50 for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.
52 For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.
53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there.
54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him,
55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was.
56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.