John 5:24 – “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

The way of salvation is simple – “only believe”. But we read about the many difficulties that Jesus’ listeners had in simply believing Him, and our own experiences teach us the same thing. Salvation is free but it is not cheap and believing is simple but not always easy.

Let us consider a couple of the blockages to belief that Jesus pointed out:

– The religious leaders were too focused on the glory that comes from man – “How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? (John 5:44)

– The crowd who followed Jesus’ were so focused on the natural food Jesus had provided through a miracle that they didn’t give attention to believing Jesus’ message, which was spiritual food. (John 6:26-36)

Even some of the disciples did not truly believe because they didn’t deeply understand that “the Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.” (John 6:63-64)

Indeed, we cannot save ourselves by our good works or efforts and if we are to believe, we must not seek human glory or focus too much on our own need for material breakthrough. We must receive the Word of God in our hearts, and then, as Prophet TB Joshua said, “Believing is simply acting on the Word”.

PRAYER: Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!