There is tremendous power in believing. Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God [a]is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15,
NKJV) God doesn’t just tell us to believe, but His Word explains specifically what and how we are to believe.
Mark 9 records the story of a young boy with an evil spirit who was brought to Jesus. After describing his son’s condition, the boy’s father said, “…..But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” (Mark 9:22) Notice he said “if” you can do anything. His knowledge of Christ’s abilities limited his belief. You can’t believe any further than you have knowledge, because you must know about something before you can believe it.
Jesus answered, “…If[d] you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”(Mark 9:23) We all have the ability to believe. “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”(Mark 9:24) How could he believe and unbelieve at the same time? Actually he was saying, “I have believed as far as I can believe with the knowledge that I have.” This man used his faith to the limit.
But the Scripture says faith is the substance of things hoped for. Hope is important, for without it, there is nothing to which faith can give substance (Hebrews 11:1). Jesus responded to this man’s faith and delivered his son.
Matthew 8:5-13 records the healing of a centurion’s servant afflicted with palsy. The centurion told Jesus it was not necessary for Him to lay hands on his servant, but to only speak the word and he would be healed. Jesus responded, “…Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.” (Matthew 8:13)
We are only limited by what we can believe.
These above two examples give us insight into the Law of Believing and Receiving, which is emphasized throughout the New Testament. See especially Mark 11:23-24 & Matthew 21:22.
God’s Word confirms that both speaking and believing God’s Word changes difficult circumstances. Speaking creates the ability to believe. We are only limited by what we can believe, based on the authority of God’s Word. However, what we believe is affected by our knowledge. You must know what the Word of God says if you are to believe what God has said about healing, finances, deliverance, and other matters that affect your life.
What you believe, you receive, always.