Many of us in organized religion love to quote and claim Scripture to heal us, bring us money, give us peace, prosperity, love, but is there something we are missing? Do we blindly spout off at the mouth Scriptures that we assume will bring us good luck or happiness and blessings? Is there more to it than that? Let’s look at some of the common Scriptures people quote from the New Testament to have God’s hand move in their lives. Let’s look at the most common Scripture known to most Christian believers.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever would believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
The Key word here that I understand is the word ‘believe’. But what does it mean to believe? What does the word believe mean? Here is the Strong’s definition from www.blueletterbible.org:
KJV Translation Count — Total: 248x
The KJV translates Strongs G4100 in the following manner: believe (239x), commit unto (4x),commit to (one's) trust (1x), be committed unto (1x), be put in trust with (1x), be commit to one's trust (1x), believer (1x).
Outline of Biblical Usage
I. to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in
A. of the thing believed
i. to credit, have confidence
B. in a moral or religious reference
. used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul
i. to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith
ii. mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual faith
II. to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity
. to be intrusted with a thing
For me, I struggled many years wondering if I was really going to Heaven. What qualified me for Heaven? Was it obedience to the word of a Pastor, or was it more than that? What did it mean to believe in Jesus? I think, for me, it now means to believe in what Messiah taught, Yeshua (Jesus) taught Torah. He didn’t preach ‘feel good’ messages. Most of the time when he opened his mouth, he upset someone, so much so, that many of those whom he upset wanted him dead. What did Messiah say to make people hate him so? The answer is he told them the truth.
Many people in this day and age don’t want the truth, we want that old time religion: Sunday, no work, eat whatever you want, Christmas and Easter, etc. To believe in Messiah Yeshua means to believe in the words he taught, and not just believe in them, but put them into practice.
Another Scripture that many quote to bring financial prosperity is the following,
Luk_6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
I think this is a wonderful Scripture, but what comes to mind for me is, who do we give to? Do we give to a wealthy Pastor? Do we give our money to affluent people or ministries? Will this cause us to receive a good measure, pressed down…? Messiah stated in Matthew 25:31-46 that we are to do things for the 'least of these' like providing food, clothing and shelter to people who have nothing.
Some Christian ministries are multi-million dollar businesses, nothing more, nothing less. Do we really believe that sowing our money to such individuals will reap us a sure reward? I think not!
Here is a Scripture on peace that many of us are familiar with:
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So, where does this peace that passes all understanding come from? Does it come obedience to God and His word or does it come from disobedience to God and His word? Will we have peace by disobeying his word? Many people in the world have no idea what peace is or what it means to obey the word of God. Neither do many in the realm of organized religion. We do what is right in our own eyes, adhering to man-made traditions with no regard for God and his pure and unadulterated word. How can anyone have peace when they blatantly disobey God’s word? What day do you observe as God’s Sabbath? If you tell me Sunday, you are in ignorance and are disobeying the word of God. Period.
There are many more promises that people stand on, but because of their disobedience, they are actually not standing on the promises of God, but on religious rhetoric, or in other words, quicksand. If we don’t obey all of the word of God, and we are disobedient to His Torah commands, how can we say any of these promises will be ours (in abundance?)?
People, don’t fool yourself. God is not stupid. He knows those who are his own and he knows those who assume they are his through the following of their own devices. If you want the promises of God, you have to follow ALL of His commandments, Genesis to Revelation.
There are no promises from the word of God that apply to a Torah violator. I would love to see the blessings of God come to all of humanity, but first things first, you have to obey his word. God doesn’t reward people for disobedience, you wouldn’t either, so why would it be any different for him? Find out which commandments you need to obey and watch the hand of God start to move in your life.