“Said I not unto thee, that, if thou would believe, thou should see the glory of God?” John 11:40
Truly, what we believe affects our thinking, attitudes, and actions. If I asked you, if you believe in prayer, most would answer, “Yes, of course I do!” However, many have gotten so busy that very little time is spent praying. Anything that we say we believe and don’t do is proof that we don’t really believe. Believe is the verb form of the noun faith. When we are on the mountain with God it is easy to say, “Oh, yes, I believe God can do it;” but when we have to come down into the demon possessed valley of trials, that is when our faith is really tested. Every time my belief system is clear in my mind, I come across something that contradicts it. What I do in those moments tells what I really believe. I might say, “I know God will supply all my needs,” then I run dry, with no bright outlook in the future, will I go through the trial of faith, or slip back into unbelief?
Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into personal possession only through conflict. The testing will either prove that our faith is right, or it will kill it. The final word is, “Can I really trust Jesus, and His Word to be true?” Faith in God means that we would never dream that He would not stand by us and do what He has promised.