I want to share some simple, direct instruction on believing God. We talk a lot about believing God, but how is it done?
First of all, we must know God in order to trust Him. We must have a personal relationship with the Lord. You won’t believe in someone you don’t trust, and you won’t trust someone if you don’t spend time with them. We get to know God through His Word, through His names, and even by experience. For example, if you have a need and God meets it, you now know God as your need meeter- by experiencing Him as such.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. John 14:6-11 (KJV)
We know God through Jesus. After all, Jesus came to reveal and manifest the Father. We see how Jesus lived His life, trusting God with His life, death and resurrection. That’s real trust. Jesus used His faith to calm storms, multiply loaves and fishes, heal the sick, and so much more. God never let Jesus down, so we can know that He will not let us down either.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4 (KJV)
We know God through His Word and that is also how we believe Him- by His Word. Faith is based on God’s written and spoken Word. Your faith will only rise to the level of your knowledge of the Word. God will also speak a specific Word for your situation. You can believe God through what He speaks to you. When He speaks to your heart, it will be real and alive in your spirit. When you speak it, it becomes a sword of the spirit, living and full of power to cut through what’s hindering you (Ephesians 6:17).
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Jude 1:20 (KJV)
When we pray in the Spirit, our faith is built up whereby we speak from our spirits, not from our emotions or flesh. Praying in the Spirit makes the Word more real and alive, making faith active and operative. Praying in the Spirit usually refers to praying in tongues, but according to the Passion Translation, it can also mean to “pray as led by the Spirit,” “pray in the Spirit’s realm,” or “pray by means of/power of the Spirit.” It builds us up in our faith and enables us to believe God.
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. I Corinthians 2:5 (KJV)
We believe God when we rest in His power, rather than the limited wisdom and knowledge of man. Many times we don’t know what to do, and that is when we need to rely on the unlimited power of God.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)
Do what God tells you to do, knowing that His direction will always line up with His written Word. God and His Word never fail. He always backs up His Word. When we speak and do His Word, His will comes to pass.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
Finally, we believe God when we thank Him. Keep thanking God- especially before you see the manifestation of what you are believing for. Thanking Him for the answer will keep us in faith until the answer comes.
Believing God is not complex. It requires consistency and diligence on our part. God is always faithful to do what He said- the outcome is dependent on us.