I hope you are doing well 🙂
This weekend has been…..I actually have no words. God has truly wrecked me, that’s all I can say. I began my Saturday by reading His Word. I had already read this passage but wanted to go back to it and read again as I didn’t really meditate and make notes on it when I first read it :
John 7 vs 37-39 (NLT)
‘On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)’
The phrase ‘believe in’ prompted me to look for the difference between ‘believe’ and ‘believe in’.
The most clearest definition I came across was this :
Believe : To have a firm stand/ know that something is a fact. For example, I believe God exists.
Believe in – To have faith in and trust something or someone. For example, I trust and have faith God can heal me.
I hope it’s as clear to you as it is to me. Once I understood the definition, I went back to the passage and really understood it. “Anyone who believes in me (who trusts Me, who has faith in Me) may come and drink!” ; “When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him.” (who trusts Me, who has faith in Me).
To trust and have faith in someone means, you wholeheartedly believe they are capable and that they will do as they said. You tend to put all your eggs in that one basket. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that when I truly believe in Jesus Christ, I fully depend ONLY on Him.
When it’s time to use my faith, I won’t depend on my qualification or experience in that field to get me the job, but rather Jesus. When I need to pay for something and my bank account isn’t co-operating, I won’t depend on what I see but rather in the power of the one I don’t see. Basically, I don’t trust or have faith in the material, the passing things of this world, but rather ONLY in Him for all things.
It felt like God really wanted to hone this into my mind, because I attended a church meeting later on during the day, and that was exactly what was preached. On Sunday, it was the same Word, and even this morning as I listened to a message whilst walking to work.
It is a scary thing, humanly speaking, to completely depend on the Word of God, to depend purely on Jesus, because of course it’s not physically tangible, but this is what leads to …. “Rivers of living water will flow from his heart”. Have you ever met a person whose life is completely given over to God? That person is a vessel of pure confidence, boldness and life! In fact if you met them feeling down, you leave full of confidence, maybe not even in yourself but confident that things will change simply because they are so confident.
And these type of people always, ALWAYS conquer, they always have amazing supernatural testimonies to share which makes you want their kind of faith.
This really is my action not just for the week but daily, I hope it becomes yours too.
Speak Soon. X