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Belief is a Gift

By Pastor Bryan Catherman

It is not easy to believe that God would enter creation and walk among us. It is not easy to believe he would be a humble servant. It is not easy to believe that he would come back from death. No, it is not easy to believe; in fact, it is impossible.

Jesus said, “no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father” (John 6:65, ESV). What a peculiar statement. Is Jesus saying that based on our sinful nature, we are actually unable to believe that Jesus is who he says he is? It would seem so. It is so difficult to believe that it takes divine action by God to cause us to believe. Philippians 1:29 says that belief is granted as a gift (as is suffering for the sake of Christ). 1 Corinthians 2:14 states, “The natural person does not accept the things of the spirit of God for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

Therefore, belief in Jesus is a gift from God. What a blessing! John 3:36 says “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” Do you believe or do you doubt? If you believe, praise God for this great gift. If you struggle to believe, pray and ask God to open your eyes so you can see the Truth and believe.