The Difference Between In & On

Our hope and prayer is that your faith and trust in Jesus has been the reason you have made it to another Sunday morning without being overcome.  Way back when we believed On the Lord Jesus Christ he gave us a reason to believe in His promises.  Let’s talk about that…

I have had a message burning a hole in my pocket all week long that I want to share with you in part.  Our Sunday school lesson last Sunday morning was in Acts 16.  When brother Jody Whitmire read through verse 31 a key word jumped off the page.  Paul and Silas were locked up in the belly of the prison after they had been beaten for refusing to stop preaching the gospel of Christ.  What better to do in a situation like than to sing.  Can you hear it?  “Silas, let’s do this one…I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided…”  The Father in heaven got to tapping his foot and egging them on in such a manner that broke apart the prison they were in and caused the shackles to fall from their feet.  The poor guard assumed all the prisoners had escaped and began to pull his sword to end his life until Paul called out with a loud voice to stop him.  That shaken guard fell at their feet and begged the question, “What must I do to be saved.  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved.

I want you to know there is a difference between believing In and believing On.  (John 6:28-29, Romans 10:9-11).  For example, I can believe In a chair.  I can believe it exists, has a purpose and a design, that it has legs, a back, a seat and that it can to what it is supposed to.  I can believe in all that information but until I sit down I have not believed On that chair.  When I believe On the chair I trust it’s purpose and design, I trust it is strong enough to hold me up, to do what it is supposed to do.  The longer I sit in it I understand that I can rest On that chair.

When we believe On the Lord He puts something In, the person of the Holy Ghost (John 14:16-17, I John 3:23-24, 4:13-15).  Then when what is In us begins to reveal the glory of God, the truth of scripture, the blessings, the peace, the direction, the comfort of His presence In us then what is In us might just get On us (I Pet 1:21, I Cor 2:3-5, Eph 3:16-19, Lu 4:18-19).  Then others see what is On us and want to know what is In us. How can we sing when we are bound and locked in the prison of circumstances with every reason to complain, gripe and give up?  Then they just might ask, “What must I do to be saved?”  and we can say, “Believe On the Lord Jesus Christ.

Remain Calm & Believe On.  I ought to put that on a t-shirt.