1> A believer believes in Jesus. A follower honours His commands
“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.” (James 2:19 NIV)
2> A believer reads the Bible when things get tough. A follower reads the Bible to engage in a deeper understanding of Jesus Himself.
“Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always.” (Psalm 105:4 NIV)
3> A believer prays when things get tough. A follower gives thanks no matter the circumstance.
“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20 NIV)
4> A believer twists the Bible to fit his or her lifestyle. A follower works to make his or her lifestyle resemble the teachings of the Bible.
“Some of His comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.” (2 Peter 3:16)
5> A believer gives when it is easy. A follower gives out of the abundance of his or her heart.
“They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, our in everything – all she had to live on.” (Matthew 12:22 NIV)
6> A believer conforms under the pressure or culture. A follower holds fast against temptation.
“Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13 ESV)
7> A believer will share his or her faith when it’s comfortable. A follower will share his or her faith regardless of the scenario.
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15 ESV)
8> A believer knows about Jesus. A follower knows Jesus as his or her Lord and Saviour.
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 ESV)
Which are you? A believer or a follower?.