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Faith Is Believing

“For you have been born again not of a seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23 (NASB)
“Born again…through the living and enduring word of God.” So–I am born again by believing God’s Word.
He said if I would call, He would save me (Rom.10:13). I have sincerely called, and I know He saved me because He said He would. Those who have sincerely called and still do not know whether or not they are saved simply do not believe God. Yes, they believe there is a God, they believe Jesus died and rose again, they believe God will save them–but they are not willing to believe God does save them now, thus taking Him at His word. They are not willing to believe He saved them because He said He would. They want Him to prove His truthfulness by giving them some emotional experience. They are not will to believe Him on His word alone. They insult Him by asking for proof that He told the truth.
Many people wait for a “feeling” before they are willing to believe God. They ask God to save them, then wait for Him to give them a feeling–and then they believe Him. They believe because of “feelings”–not because of God’s Word. Those who do not believe God’s Word are calling Him a liar: “The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son” 1 John 5:10 (NASB).
The testimony God gave was that He would save whoever called upon Him for salvation. Anyone who calls upon God and then says he does not know whether or not he is saved does not believe God and has made Him a liar.
How simple salvation is! God wants you to believe Him. We are saved by grace through faith. Faith is believing. What do we believe? “Born again…by the Word.” Believe it because God said it. Do not ask for proof; that is not believing God, and it proves that you do not take Him at His word.
Some treat God as though they cannot trust Him. They want proof (an unusual feeling or vision) that He meant what He said, and that He did what He said He would do. Feelings or no feelings, I know I am saved because I know His Word is true, and He said He would save me if I called on Him. I know I am saved because God said He would save me.

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