Excerpt from the Book titled Are You Believing Right written by Rev Olusola Areogun.
It is one thing to believe; it is another thing to believe biblically.
There are certain steps to take to correct your belief using the Bible.
All the statements in the Bible are simple enough for anybody to see, understand, and practice. God wants our relationship with Him to be a living, thriving one; it shows that we have the living God for a Father. And this can be seen and demonstrated very vividly in our prayer life; when we need things, we go to God, and God can meet that need.
When we know how to believe right according to the Bible, our counselling needs will reduce because we know how to get things from God.
The question is, “ARE YOU BELIEVING RIGHT?” Of course, you could be sincere and sincerely wrong. That is the problem with many brethren; they are sincere, but sincerity is insufficient to get miracles. Sincerity is not sufficient to get needs met. Sincerity is good, but you could be sincerely wrong in the way you believe.
“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel…”
There are only two places in the Bible where Jesus marvelled. This is one place; the other place was in Nazareth when they refused to believe Him. They had every reason to believe, but they just didn’t believe, and the Bible says, “He marvelled at their unbelief.”
Two things can marvel God: when you believe God correctly, you surprise Him, and when you refuse to believe Him when there is no reason for you to doubt Him, He is surprised.
The man (the centurion) that was talking in that Bible passage was not a Jew; he was a Roman. He was not a covenant child of God. From all indications, we don’t know whether he attended the Synagogue. Maybe all that he knew of Jesus was the hearsay that he picked up from people, the testimonies of the crusades of Jesus that people shared with him, and he took them seriously.
Jesus said, “This man had great faith,” the kind that He had not even found amongst the people of God.
And today, it is a fact that some people seem to receive more from God than even genuine and good Christians: people that serve God with everything they know, and it looks like they are not having their needs met. And yet some people that are doing as much, not even labouring as much and giving as much to the Kingdom of God, it looks like they get their needs met. We don’t need to settle for this kind of mindset that “Well, after all, in this world we don’t have anything, we have no continuing City, our Citizenship is in Heaven, and when we get to Heaven, we shall get rewards.” Thank God we are going to get rewards; I’m not excusing not rendering service to the Kingdom of God because God steps into any tough case for somebody that serves Him. He said, “I will preserve Him as a man preserves his own son.” (Malachi 3:17)
There is a level of divine involvement in the life of somebody that is serving God, which somebody that is not serving him cannot claim.
For example, the Bible says He has prepared certain things for them that love Him. Also, He said;
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him.”
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.”
“Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
The key that brings all these promises about is loving Him. We are not measuring the quantity or the size of our love for Him, but rather, getting our needs met while we are on the face of the earth.
We don’t need to settle in our minds that we will get rewards when we get to Heaven. You can get to Heaven and get good rewards and at the same time have your needs met here.