“I know that the abundant life is available today to those who understand and apply the law of believing.” – V.P. Weirwille
What is the abundant life?
3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
God’s will for us is that we prosper and be in health. The true abundant life comes only from God. When God provides it, then life is fulfilling and enjoyable. When the world provides it, or when we try to gain abundance on our own, it can end up empty and unfulfilled.
Believing is the activator to this abundant life, and it takes a positive action.
Let’s look this record in Mark to illustrate this law of believing:
Mark 9:14-18 – And when he [Jesus Christ] came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes [religious leaders] questioning with them. 15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. 16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: …and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
Why were the disciples unable to cast out the devil spirit from the child? Jesus Christ addresses the reason as we read on:
19 He [Jesus] answereth him, and saith, O faithless [unbelieving] generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. 20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
Notice the way that the father responds: “if thou canst do any thing…” – This is not a vote of confidence, but of doubt and fear.
Before we continue, let’s review the motives of the Adversary, Satan, the enemy.
John 10:10 – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
-Steal, Kill and Destroy. Those are the motives of the Adversary.
Why did Jesus Christ come?
-So that we can have life, and have it more abundantly.
Back to this record in the book of Mark, Jesus Christ immediately recognized the problem in this situation:
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose…
The man’s believing was what healed the child. He did not think it was possible, and he was blaming everyone else for his own unbelief, but Jesus Christ gave him confidence in God’s power! “…ALL things are possible to him that believeth…” as noted in verse 23.
Believing, confidence, and trust go hand in hand.
People from my hometown of Butte, MT know someone who had confidence and no fear!
Legendary Stuntman Evil Kinevil
When I was young, growing up in Butte I was able to witness when he jumped his motorbike over a formidable lineup of brand new cars on the lot of a local dealership collectively worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. If he made even the slightest mistake, not only would he have to pay for all of the damage, it would probably have caused significant bodily injury. Evel had no question in his mind that he would clear all of the cars. I witnessed this in person and his boldness definitely stuck out in my mind. He had no doubt that he would make the jump successfully and he did.
To believe is a very powerful action. God had it clearly written in His Word for us to recognize.
“Believe” was found 318 times in 284 verses. Here are a couple:
Daniel 6:23 – …So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
Mark 11:24 – Therefore I [Jesus Christ] say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Believing is the key to physical, mental, and spiritual abundance.
Believing is the key to the abundant life – It connotes action.
It is available to have not only our need met, but to have abundance in every category of our lives as we believe for God’s sufficiency
Anyone can believe because the Word says it, and it is God who backs it up.
Jesus Christ demanded believing whenever possible. The man with the sick child was not convinced that he could be healed until Jesus gave the man confidence through the spoken Word.
We increase our believing by feeding our minds with the spiritual nourishment of the Word and acting with boldness on God’s promises!
God Bless You
From a September 2005 teaching, [brackets] mine. All Scriptures from KJV version of The Bible Original Post: http://robsteachings.blogspot.com/2011/07/what-law-basically-controls-abundant.html