Believing is a Verb
Believing - Definition
It is to have confidence and trust in the information
to the end that the information is acted upon.
Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille
writes in his book The
Bible Tells Me So:
There is power in believing. There is power in this
world to which you and I as born-again believers
have easy access. This power will enable us to
overcome our shortcomings and our difficulties,
bringing release and victory to our lives. This
power is from God. He is everywhere present, which
means that He is with you right now. The key
involved is knowing and receiving His power, which
is the basis on which the whole abundant life
hinges. The law of believing brings phenomenal
results to all those who apply and practice the
principles. . .
The word "believe" is a verb which connotes action.
Therefore, believing the Word of God, taking the
Word of God literally and acting upon it, brings
results. This is the law of believing and this is
the action that will bring release and victory to
your life in every situation. "If thou canst
believe, all things are possible [presently
available] to him that believeth." Mark 9:23b
There will always be a variety of action that will be
taken pertinent to each situation, the important part is
- God is the one with the power and ability. Believing
is the action that unleashes the power.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things
the evidence of things not seen.
:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Faith is pistis in
Greek; more appropriately translated believing.
Don't get wrapped up in the action - sacrifice was
used in the Old Testament to pay for sins because
they didn't have the redeemer yet. Believing God is
the heart of the matter. Believing is the action we
:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were
framed by the word of God,
so that things which are seen were not made of
things which do appear.
:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent
sacrifice than Cain,
by which he obtained witness that he was
God testifying of his gifts:
and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Abel believed God's Word when he offered the
sacrifice to God, he believed what God said about
sacrifices and Cain didn't. Cain put God's Word
below him, he despised God's wisdom.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of knowledge:
despise wisdom and instruction.
God looks on the heart. If his heart would have
been right with God Cain's offering would be right
:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not
and was not found, because God had translated
for before his translation he had this
that he pleased God.
:6 But without faith it
is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he
and that he
is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
It is faith - not works that gets the results. We
must believe and then God is the rewarder.
Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of
things not seen as yet,
moved with fear,
prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
by the which he condemned the world,
and became heir of the righteousness which is by
:8 By faith Abraham,
when he was called to go out into a place
which he should after receive for an
obeyed; and he went out, not
knowing whither he went.
Abraham had a large household, there was one point
that when he was out fighting with the king of Sodom
that he had over 200 trained warriors in his
household. In that culture many of those warriors
had a wife and a couple of kids. This adds up to be
600, 800 or maybe even 1000 people, plus thousands
of sheep, thousands of goats. In our culture
Abraham's family was by our standards at this time a
small town - now there is details that need to be
worked out, you just don't pick up several hundred
people tell them to jump in the busses and get on
the road without a destination, yet this is what
Abraham did. He believed God, God promised, they hit
the road, and God took care of them. Also, he didn't
know where he was going! Abraham relied completely
on the revelation from God. He trusted God to take
care of his household (i.e. small town).
All of Abraham's relatives didn't go either. This
was contrary to culture. The family groups would
stay together for protection. When families split up
into smaller groups they became more vulnerable to
marauders. Abraham left the protection of his
father's house. He defied culture and believed God.
He did God's Word and God prospered Abraham mightily
:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise,
as in a strange country,
dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob,
the heirs with him of the same promise.
:10 For he looked for a city which hath
whose builder and maker is God.
Abraham was looking forward to God's promises; the
messiah and the new Jerusalem. A city in Abraham's
time was built with walls all around. These walls
were not meant to keep people in but to keep
enemies, marauders out. They are there to protect
the citizens of the city. Abraham looked forward to
the redemption of mankind and God's eternal
:11 Through faith also Sara herself received
strength to conceive seed,
and was delivered of a child when she was past
because she judged him faithful who had
The New Revised Standard Version is a clearer
Hebrews 11:11 By faith he received power of
even though he was too old
-- and Sara herself was barren--
considered him faithful who had promised.
:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as
good as dead,
so many as
the stars of the sky in multitude,
and as the sand which is by the sea shore
:13 These all died in faith,
not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off,
and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them,
and confessed that they were strangers and
pilgrims on the earth.
All of these people looked forward to the messiah, they
embraced the promises, were persuaded, confessed the
promises in all circumstances, i.e., Job "I know my
redeemer liveth". They confessed that they were
pilgrims, only passing through. They looked forward to
the coming of the redeemer, the messiah, Jesus Christ.
By faith, believing, we look forward to the return of
Christ. We can embrace God's promises and live with
power by believing.