Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Are You A Believer?

James 1: 5-8
5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Mark 16: 16-18
16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Belief is an integral part of the plan of salvation. Here are two examples of Disciples talking about the need for belief. James says if you ask but doubt you are double minded and unstable in all your ways. Mark makes it clear that the first statement, "he that believeth and is baptized will be saved," is qualified by the next verse, "and these signs will follow those who believe:"...

The time has come to give serious consideration to this statement. If your salvation depends on the strength of your belief then it is worthy of serious consideration. 

Revelation 21: 8
 8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

I find it impossible to believe that we can ignore the words of Mark 16: 17. There are signs who follow the believer. Are you a believer? Do these signs follow you? 

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