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God doesn't dwell where there is imperfection. That's why He gave you the gift of His righteousness -Romans 5:17 "For if by one man's offence death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." Ephesians 2:4-6 "But God who is rich in mercy for his great love wherewith he loved us even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ. By grace ye are saved. And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."-So you must be as righteous as you can be in the Father's eyes, right!

Believing the gospel gives one the power of God. When you are righteous because of the finished work of Christ, this qualifies you for the power of God, the power of the gospel, to work in your life, and through your heart outward.
    As the power of God works in you, you grow in faith -Romans 1:16,17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek-(what this means). For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith. As it is written, The just shall live by faith."
    One grows in faith through the knowledge of God -2Peter 3:18 "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory-(means in the original 'in Him is glory')-both now and for ever. Amen."

How is belief different from faith? Basically they are synonyms, however there is a subtle difference: Believe is 'to accept as true' and faith (living faith) is to live out one's beliefs with confidence. We act from our beliefs (the things we hold as true) and out of those beliefs we know they will produce something we want.
    Belief can be thought of as the state of your having accepted God's word, because God gave you the gift of faith; that is, God has given you the ability to live a life of actions based upon the art of love you can now learn about.
    One puts into actions what he has decided, convinced this will produce what he believes to be true.
    In things regarding God, some may not occur in this life, but we know them to be true, because we trust God -1Corinthians 13:12 "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
    Example: trusting God for the gift of eternal life and your reward there for your actions here -Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Faith produces things--but patience is involved in the trying of faith in order to set character.
    If what's in your mind, you agree to be good for you (thus, the importance of correct spiritual information), you have accepted it. It becomes you.
    What you accept, becomes part of what it is that comprises-you. Keep thinking that you are what God says of you; after all, why not think from the truth?
    Believing the word of God causes it to be effective in your experience: 1Thessalonians 2:13 "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe."-...continues


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