Copyright © 2021 The Gospel Coalition, INC. All Rights Reserved, so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”, Review: The Bible Project – Brilliant but Flawed, At What Price Awakening? But God’s grace is in all things. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and therefore is worthy of your trust. Here are seven practical ways to trust God in your everyday life: Scripture, or the Bible, is God’s Word. Here is why …. But we can’t do that. Adapted from Faith in the Fog: Believing in What You … (John 14:26, NIV). confronts this criticism head-on. Which I do not like. You are commanded to believe, yes, you are. The evidence led me to the end of the rainbow, but it was God and his love that made me say yes. (John 7:16-17). Hearing is believing. We are often the same. But Jesus rebukes them: “the world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil.” (John 7:7). Be thankful and be persistent. The question has been a staple of American religious attitude surveys since Gallup first asked it in 1944. Jesus’ own brothers didn’t. Even for a mom who can handle a fair amount of conflict and pushback from her kids, this was a heavy blow. When you are struggling, share those concerns with another follower of Jesus whom you trust — someone you know is pursuing a relationship with God regularly and who knows God’s Word. It’s hard to believe anything unless it’s staring us straight in the face. The Spirit will also lead you in obedience. He is not disappointed or frustrated by your struggles, doubts or pain. According to Mark 9, a man brought his son to Jesus for healing from being possessed by a demon. Look at whatever step you may be on and take a step back, even if it’s step one. Christians are all such fakes.” These were the words her 17-year-old son yelled just before she walked out the door for our meeting. Helping students know Jesus, grow in their faith and go to the world to tell others. “10 Verses to Help When Trusting God Is Difficult”, 20 Inspiring Bible Verses About God’s Amazing Love for You, How to Know and Understand the Holy Spirit, Prayer Guide: How to Pray for Our Country, Prayer Guide: How to Pray for Our Country's Leaders. Our feelings come and go—but the facts remain the same. I hope you do. Showing God in action in and through His people. You won’t do this perfectly, but God is kind and patient with you while learn to trust Him. They can remind you of the truth when you’re struggling. Explore answers to life's biggest questions. Consistently throughout the bible, God teaches us that seeing is not believing: Hearing is believing. Their unbelief is not based on reason but rebellion. Werner believes in plenty. He asked Jesus to heal him “if you can.” Jesus asked the man if he did not believe that Jesus could heal, and this was his reply. Jesus guaranteed His followers that they would face hard times (John 16:33), but He promised that He would always be with them (Matthew 28:20). Truth simply doesn’t matter. He cries out in dismay, You have hidden your face from us. No no no. He never leaves. This is so liberating, because you have the gospel. But those good times often get overshadowed by other more complicated things going on. He wants you to learn to trust Him as you get to know Him. How do you trust Him when you do not understand what is happening? He touched Jesus’ side. Tom Habib is an Anglican minister, serving the Lord with his wife Jess and their three children. He reminds them that He does not sleep or take a break. He will sustain you and grow your faith in the waiting. Difficult times may feel like they last forever, but they are temporary. God can shape your view of your circumstances. Do you need to devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Difficult circumstances feel all-consuming at times. Nobody said "We love you either way," or "We're proud of you for sticking up for your beliefs," or "This must be a really hard time for you with all of this pressure to get confirmed." So how can we believe in an invisible God who is Spirit? He believes in knowledge, and how humankind can attain it, without the benefit of supernatural revelation. It comes from him who sent me. Even if you hold absolutely no belief in God or want to call anything your higher power, the important thing to remember is that you cannot control everything nor should you try. Walking closely with the Spirit will not only give you direction but will remind you that you are not alone. An official begs Jesus to heal his son, and Jesus rebukes them: “Unless you people see signs and wonders … you will never believe”. He said to them, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ (Luke 16:29-31). Must you become a better person so that God will accept you? We have never had the support to build up our self esteem in the first place. Many people have said to me before, “If I could just see Jesus I would believe in him.” In my braver moments I reply, “No you wouldn’t—if you saw Jesus, you would kill him!” Because that’s what people did. So He shared this with them to give them comfort. To help them believe, it helps to understand why they don’t believe. What Can You Believe When You Don't Believe in God? Why? Basically, without faith we won't even believe God is there – and if we don't believe in Him, how can we ever please Him? Community reminds you that you are never alone, even in hard times. We live in a sceptical and cynical age. God calls you to give thanks. Thousands of people witnessed Jesus perform miracles impossible to man. In the face of those difficulties, God shares His will for you and how you should respond to them. You can get to know God through personal time with Him and through His Word. ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ (John 20:29), What an incredible statement. God calls us to pray for our leaders — that they would submit to His leadership for the sake of His will being done and for the advancement of His kingdom. It is unchanging and completely trustworthy. Dear Pastor, Struggling To Grow Your Church? The Bible is God’s unfailing, unchanging Word. (John 4:42 emphasis mine). As a whole, there are actually only four of the twelve steps that mention God. So, when it comes to trusting God, that means believing in His reliability, His Word, His ability, and His strength. You can also tell Him when it’s difficult for you to believe. If you don’t run to the Word to remind you of truth in difficult times, it is easier for you to be led into lies about your life and who God is. You could not get a more unambiguous verse about how to believe in God. It was meant to be. If you don't mind me also saying there are a lot of hypocrites in religion. And so, we are sceptical. You don’t even have to believe the Bible to open it up and read it. In a similar way, unless we have faith and believe that God will answer our prayers, why should we expect answers to arrive? They want to live life their own way. It’s not that atheists don’t believe in certain versions of gods. But we’re also very different to Thomas. How comforting it is to know that the God of the universe is also paying attention to you. In a call from a friend. I suspected that Bill Gates wasn’t really a Christian, but didn’t know for sure, so I checked it out.The results were fascinating. Thomas insists, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25).