And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:26, KJV)
Jesus came to Mary and Martha after Lazarus their brother, had died and had been buried. Martha met Him and said if He had been around, Larazus would not have died. Jesus said to her:
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25–26, KJV)
He added “believest thou this?”. Jesus asked Martha if she believed what He has just told her. Read the response of Martha :
“She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (John 11:27, KJV)
Martha responded and said she believed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God! Do you see the problem? Jesus asked her if she believed that anyone who believes in him would live even though he was dead, and Martha responded and said she believed Jesus was the Christ. You see, faith does not work in generalities. It is possible to believe that Jesus is the Savior and yet not believe that He can heal you or provide for your needs. I have mentioned this in a previous devotional that it is important you search your heart to know what you really believe in the Word. We should not assume that because we are believers, we automatically believe everything God has said in the Word. It is important to train our hearts actually to believe what we are assuming we have believed!
Is there something you might be assuming you have believed, whereas you have not believed it?
APPLY THE WORD
Jesus might be asking you too today: “believest thou THIS?”. Believing He is Christ is wonderful, but what about the truth that He is with you, and you should therefore not be afraid? Learn to soak your heart in the Word to believe or accept the truths you think you are believing and do not fall into Martha’s mistake above.
Ask the Spirit of the LORD to assist you to train your heart to believe in the Word.