Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well; the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19
Question for today: Are you a believer or a true believer? I guess to be able to answer the question. you need to first know the difference. A believer is one who is aware that something or someone exists. A true believer knows that regardless of what may come about, what he/she believed in in the beginning, they continue to believe. He/she maintains their faith inspite of what they see or not see.
There is this movie called The Christmas Secret that will give us a depiction of a believer vs. a true beliver.
The movie was about a man whose plane crashed near the North Pole where he was rescued by an elf who took him back to where he lives...with St. Nick and family. While he was there, he got to see how St. Nick, his family, and the elves put together Christmas and why they do it. While he was there, seeing with his own eyes, the majestics of Santa Town (the flying reindeers, things appearing/disappearing with the blink of an eye), he insisted on taking pictures for proof to take back to his colleagues.
As I continued to watch the movie, it dawned on me that we as Christians tend to do the same thing. Even though God has shown Himself in our lives, and we know that it was God, we still feel the need to prove it to our friends, family, colleagues, etc. Why is that? Why do we feel the need to prove who God is? And who do we think we are to think that we can? In Romans 12:3, the bible tells us that God has given us all a measure of faith. How much that faith develops is truly up to us. It also states in Psalm 34:8, O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteh in him. If that's the case, then this is definitely on an individual basis. Meaning, I can't do it for you and you can't do it for me. I can tell you all day long how good God is, and what He has done for me. But if you don't experience Him for yourself, then you won't ever know it. Implementing the Word of God into your everyday life, is the only way to increase your faith (become a true believer).
Another thing in the movie, they continued to tell him that he wasn't a true believer because even though he was seeing with his own eyes, he still needed proof. Who needs proof of something that they are looking at. His daughter (age7) however, didn't need proof to believe that her daddy was fine even though she was told that her daddy's plane couldn' be found. She said that she felt in heart that he was okay. This is what I believe the bible means about having childlike faith. A child believes from the heart; not their eyes. It is only as they get older that they are heavily influenced by society's views.
As you take time to meditate on this story, ask yourself if whether or not you are a believer or a true believer. Do a self-evaluation to see from past experiences, which category you fall into. If by chance it's the believer category, don't worry; now is your chance to change that. If you are a true believer, your goal is to stay a true believer no matter what.
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. 1Peter 1:7-8