For I Believe God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the book of Acts, we have the record of the Apostle Paul traveling (as a prisoner) on a ship toward Rome. The ship was about to sail into a fierce storm. Let us pick up the story in Acts 27:

Acts 27:10-11:
-10: And {Paul} said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading {cargo, freight} and ship, but also of our lives.
-11: Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

Because Paul was a believer, God could inspire him, this is why Paul “perceived” that trouble was imminent. Paul was correct! The ship came into a great storm, and the reason that this happened was that they (the Centurion watching over Paul, and the ship’s owner, and ship’s captain) believed, but their believing was incorrect. They believed in something that was wrong, when they should have listened to a man of God, especially when that man believes God’s Word.

Acts 27:20-22:
-20: And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest {a hurricane} lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
-21: But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss.
-22: And now I exhort you to be of good cheer {I exhort you to believe with me now in enthusiasm}: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.

The ship and all the people went into that storm with Paul onboard as prisoner as well. But because Paul believed God’s Word, he was delivered from the storm, and the same is true for us today, whether the storms are physical, mental, or spiritual (Isaiah 25:4).

Acts 27:23-25:
-23: For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
-24: Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
-25: Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

Sometimes we cannot help the circumstance we may find ourselves in, like what happened to Paul, but we can always be aware of God’s deliverance from any storm of any kind, because God is a refuge from our storms.

Often our believing not only saves us, but even those around us. When and where we believe what is recorded in God’s Word, not only will we receive, but when we do receive from God it will be inspiring to others. On that ship the people lost all hope, but our God is a God of hope – and this becomes ever more realized as we believe in the recorded Word and will of God. When we find ourselves believing in God’s Word, our hearts will be “of good cheer,” for life itself becomes exciting, and we can say as Paul did, “for I believe God.”

God Sent His Word

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospels there are many references of Jesus healing people, and what gave him the ability and the power to heal was the healing Word that he spoke, applied, and believed. When we receive God’s healing Word and discover Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior ─ our believing will rise to the standards that God’s Word sets forth, and genuine spiritual healing can become a reality.

Psalms 107:20 – He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

The healing Word and will of God is given to us with a purpose, a reason, and that is for healing, for mental healing, for physical healing, and for spiritual healing with a view to deliver us from destruction. Man on his own is a master of destruction in his own ways, because man is not perfect. However, God’s healing Word is perfect, and when we follow the instructions within God’s Word with a believing heart, then true spiritual deliverance can follow.

Proverbs 3:5-8:
-5:  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6:  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
-7:  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear {respect} the LORD, and depart from evil.
-8:  It shall be health {healing} to thy naval {meaning that healing can begin at the center of our lives}, and marrow {moisture} to thy bones.

The word “fear” in verse 7 means to have respect, awe, and reverence of our heavenly Father, which we learn from the Scriptures. The “world” usually teaches us that we need to fear God, and that He will only care for those who are genuinely afraid of His power and judgments. However, this is simply not true, God loves us and His desire is for us to respect Him, for He has total admiration and respect for us who believe in Him. The word “marrow” means moisture that nurtures the human structure of life.

In the Gospel of John 1:14 it says “And the Word was made flesh.” This is in reference to the birth and life of Jesus Christ, for he lived and spoke the Word of God: “I have given them thy word” (John 17:14). Jesus spoke God’s healing Word and as people believed on him, healing followed.

When God becomes clearly understood from the Scriptures, then His healing Word becomes a reality. Just as God sent His Word and healed them, so God sent Jesus Christ and he healed them, because Christ is inseparable from the wonderful Word of God. In the Gospel of Matthew, we will see that when Jesus spoke the Word of God, healing became a reality before Jesus’ eyes for he “taught them as one having authority” (Matthew 7:29), and his authority came from the healing Word of God.

Matthew 4:23-24:
-23: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching {the Word} in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
-24:  And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had palsy; and he healed them.

Today the Word of God still reveals Jesus Christ, who reveals God, and when we truly find God in our lives, “the more abundant life” (John 10:10) becomes a daily reality. As God’s healing Word begins to permeate and uplift our believing and searching souls, we can say (and receive) with believing conviction: “He sent His Word and healed them.”

Spiritual Reality

“Everything that we receive from God is spiritual; however, spiritual blessings will always come into our physical lives so that we may further enjoy them.  For instance – God gave us light, love, joy, and peace – these are spiritual qualities of life that become manifested in our lives as we walk in the knowledge that we truly have received these gifts from God.” ~LMJ~