Believing Truth is a Choice

By Neil Anderson

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October 14
Hebrews 11:6 
Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him
Faith is the biblical response to the truth, and believing truth is a choice. Faith is something you decide to do , not something you feel like doing . Believing the truth doesn’t make it true; it’s true, so we believe it. The New Age Movement and the “name it and claim it” adherents are distorting the truth by saying that we create reality through what we believe. We can’t create reality; we can only respond to reality.
Faith must have an object. It’s not the idea that you merely “believe” that counts; it’s what or who you believe in that counts. Everybody believes in something, and everybody walks by faith according to what he or she believes. But if what you believe isn’t true, then how you live won’t be right. Thus, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
Your faith is only as great as your knowledge of the object of your faith. If you have little knowledge of God and His Word, you will have little faith. That’s why faith can’t be pumped up. Any attempt to live by faith beyond what you absolutely know to be true is presumption. If you only believe what you feel, you will be led through life by one emotional impulse after another. The path of truth begins with the truth of God’s Word. Believe the truth and walk by faith according what you believe, and then your feelings will line up with what you think and how you behave.
We can’t decide for ourselves what we would like to believe and then believe it, expecting God to respond to our faith. God is under no obligation to man. There is no way we can cleverly word a prayer in such a way that God must answer it. He is under obligation only to Himself. He will always stay true to Himself and keep His Word and His covenants with mankind. It is not our place to determine what is true or try to persuade God to capitulate to our will. He is the truth. We are to ask according to His will and desire His will above all else.
Prayer: Lord, I believe in You and Your Word. Help my faith grow as I enlarge my knowledge of You as my faith-object.
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  1. Thanks for the referral to my blog, and praying the dear Lord bless you. Amen our Lord Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and life. John 14:6. I would love to subscribe to your newsletters. Perhaps, you could give me some advice, now and then. Blessings, Elena


    Was the apostle Peter the first Pope of the Roman Catholic Church? A few reasons why Peter was not the first Pope.

    Peter was not Pope because there is no office of Pope mentioned in the Scriptures. Peter was not the first Pope of the Roman Catholic Church because there is no Roman Catholic Church mentioned in the Bible.

    Peter was not a Pope because the apostles were not in subjection to him.

    2 Corinthians 11:5 For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles. 2 Corinthians 12:11 I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.

    Not only was the apostle Paul not in subjection to Peter, he reprimanded Peter in Antioch.

    Galatians 2:11-21 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned….14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?….

    Peter was not Paul’s superior. (Cephas was Peter, John 1:42)

    Peter was not a Pope, because he did not believe that the Virgin Mary was a mediator between men and God nor did he offer up prayers to her.

    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

    Peter was not a Pope, because he did not pray to any saints dead or alive. Prayer is worship.

    Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only !”

    Peter was not the first Pope, because he refuse to let men bow down and kiss his ring in an act of worship.

    Acts 10:25-26 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him. fell at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am just a man.”

    Peter was not the first Pope because he did not referred to himself as the Chief Shepherd or head of the church of Christ. The Chief Shepherd and head of the church is Jesus Christ and Jesus alone.(Colossians 1:13-19, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Hebrews 13″20, Ephesians 1:20-23, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 5:22-24.)

    Peter was not the first Pope nor was he ever a Pope.

    (All Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)



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