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What does it mean to “believe” in Christ?


The word “believe” in the Bible means more than simply agreeing in our minds that something might be true. It means “trust”—that we believe so strongly in God that we are willing to commit our lives to Him and live the way we know He wants us to live.

Suppose you were walking along a path and you came to a bridge which crossed a deep canyon. You might look at it and believe that it would hold you, and you might even see other people walking across it so you know it would hold your weight. But so far, your “belief” in the bridge is only in your head. When do you really believe the bridge will hold you? You only really believe it when you are willing to commit your life to it and actually walk across it.

It is the same way with Christ. Yes, we can believe that God exists, but God wants us to come to know Him personally. And He has bridged the gap between us by sending His Son to remove the barrier of sin and become that “bridge.” To believe in Christ is to commit our lives by faith to Christ—to trust Him personally as our Lord and Savior. Our prayer is that you will come to truly believe in Christ.

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  1. Jane Bell says:

    I have prayed for year and nothing has changed I am more afraid now than ever before

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Jane,

      We don’t know exactly what is the root of your fear but are hoping this might help. Stress and worry come when we don’t trust the Lord fully to handle a situation. We are troubled by thoughts of real or anticipated problems when we rely on our own strength and don’t give our cares to God. So how can you do that?

      First, replace worry with prayer. Thank God in the midst of your problems, and ask Him to take control of your problems. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Praising God reminds us that He is holy and in control. It can help the worry disappear and shows that we trust Him with our problems.

      Second, identify the cause of your stress so you can address the root problem. Are you fearful about your job? Worried about your family? Do you feel guilty?

      Feelings of guilt might indicate wrong behavior that needs to be corrected. Ask God’s forgiveness for any wrongdoing and, if possible, reconcile with people you might have hurt or feel bitterness toward. (Click here for more on forgiveness:

      Third, get involved in a Bible-teaching church. Worshiping and learning with others can help you grow in your faith and focus on God instead of your worries. (For more on what to look for in a church and the benefits of church, click here:

      Fourth, begin a daily Bible study or devotional. This can also help you focus on God and on practical ways to live for Him.

      The Bible doesn’t tell us not to worry so that we can act irresponsibly. It tells us not to worry because God wants us to rely on Him. Deuteronomy 33:25 says, “As your days, so shall your strength be.” In other words, God’s grace is sufficient to meet the challenges of each day. We might not see a way out, yet “nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

      Here are 5 verses you can memorize and bring to mind when you’re stressed, fearful or worried:

      – “We can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6).

      – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

      – “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).

      – “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5).

      – “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matthew 6:34).

  2. Alan says:

    To believe in Jesus is to willing want to become more and more like him, your role model, and there is a cost and a battle for you to fight but look onto Christ the author and finisher of your faith
    To love others. To forgive others. To resist pride / not forgiving those that sin against you , but to be humble like Christ forgiving those that hurt you and in so doing that will become your great strength, your humility and your entrance into the kingdom of god .for when you are weak then you are strong And no one can hurt you and fellowship with him is sweet, the way to find god is to first die to self /pride and humble yourself / STOP judging but forgive those that hurt you and god will bless you openly

  3. Richard Annan says:

    Praise His Holy Name(JEHOWA)

  4. LorenComer says:

    Praise his holy name

  5. Carolyn PETERS says: