Faith vs. Belief

John 3:4-7 WEB

Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” [5] Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom! [6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. [7] Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’

It takes a leap of faith to believe before being born again of the Spirit. All advances in the Kingdom of God are like this. You will always need to act before you see. That action is called faith and it is based on what you believe.

“Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 WEB)

When, by faith, you acknowledge and respond to the God question you are facing, then you will see. Nicodemus was struggling with a need to understand or “see” before a thing was made clear by the Spirit. Jesus’ remedy for Nicodemus was to help him understand the nature of the kingdom. Namely,

“Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew” (John 3:7 WEB)

Lord Jesus, please help me give evidence of my faith by acting based on what I believe. Lord, please help me believe your truth before I can see. Protect me from deception and lend me the grace to trust and believe. Please give me spiritual life. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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