God Said It; That Settles It

Years ago, as a young Christian, I heard someone say, “If God said it, I believe it. That settles it.”

Actually, God’s Word is true whether we believe it or not. But this saying underscores an important truth. In order to enjoy all God’s promises that Christ has purchased for his children, we must believe them. And we must believe them even if everything around us screams the opposite.

Hebrews 4:2 says of the Israelites, “the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.”

God gave the Israelites many promises, but instead of trusting God’s word, they looked at their circumstances and doubted, so they failed to receive the blessings. For example, God told the Israelites to take the promised land and that he would be with them and bring it to pass. But when some of Moses’ spies reported the locals were giants, the Israelites despaired in unbelief. It is not enough to have God’s promises. We must unite them with faith.

Someone once gave a friend of mine (let’s call him Chuck) a shiny, blue, like-new SUV. Imagine if Chuck and his generous friend had this conversation:

Friend: Chuck, I’d like to give you my SUV, absolutely free, as a gift. It’s in great shape, gets great mileage. It’s in my garage at home, right now. All you have to do is come over and get it.

Chuck: That sure would be nice if it were true. But I’m not sure if I can believe you.

Friend: What do you mean, IF you can believe me? Have I ever lied to you?

Chuck: No, but you see, the car might not really be in your garage.

Friend: But I’m telling you it is. Trust me. Just come over and get it.

Chuck: Well, I can’t see it, so I don’t know if it really exists.

Friend: Good grief. I’ll give it to someone else.

We must mix God’s promises with faith, or they won’t benefit us. An unopened Bible on a coffee table doesn’t do anybody any good. An unopened medicine bottle won’t help you when you’re sick. You have to open it up and take it. The latest model vacuum sweeper won’t pick up a particle until you plug it into the wall.

“If God said it, I believe it, that settles it.” If God says there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, then I believe it, whether I feel condemned or not. I’m not going to keep doubting. If God says he is a very present help in trouble, then I believe he’s here. If God says he’ll meet my all my needs according to his glorious riches in Christ then I believe it. If God promises that all my children will be taught by the Lord, then I believe it, even if they’re not yet following him.

Let us dig into God’s word for his blood-bought promises. Let’s believe them because God is good for his word. Let’s pray, humbly asking God to do what he’s promised. Not because we deserve them, but because he has graciously provided them in his Son. And let’s thank him in advance for doing what he’s said he’ll do.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.

5 comments

  • Hi Mark,
    Great article. This is something I’ve really been wrestling with lately. I keep hearing this message, and there definitely seems to be scripture that backs it up. Yet the question I keep getting stuck on is how does this not put God’s blessings and answers to prayer dependent upon the strength or “amount” of our faith, somewhat like the “prosperity” gospel? Maybe you can give me some more insight??? I would be grateful!!!!

  • Right on Mark. This exhortation of believing God and His Son is the most given type of exhortation presented in God’s word–from the disbelieving of Adam and Eve, God’s revelation tells us from the patriarchs, to the prophets, to Jesus, to the apostates, to Revelation–we are reminded to always believe God and disbelieve the speculations of our heart and of the world. I am glad to have this exhortation given to me everyday. Thank you.
    Oshea

  • GOOD Jesus MORNING MARK,

    FIRST TIME I HEARD OF You AND MAINLY IMPRESSED With THE Two SONGS THE Lord GAVE YOU( I STAND In AWE OF You & FOREVER GREAT FULL
    AND SECONDLY SUBJECT OF TRUSTING God ‘S WORD!!!
    THIRDLY- A PASTOR THAT’S A REAL WORSHIPER !!!!
    ??????????
    KEEP Up THE PRESS

  • GOOD Jesus MORNING MARK,

    FIRST TIME I HEARD OF You AND MAINLY IMPRESSED With THE Two SONGS THE Lord GAVE YOU( I STAND In AWE OF You & FOREVER GREAT FULL
    AND SECONDLY SUBJECT OF TRUSTING God ‘S WORD!!!
    THIRDLY- A PASTOR THAT’S A REAL WORSHIPER !!!!
    ??????????
    KEEP Up THE PRESS

  • Thanks Pastor Mark for the exhortation and encouragement to trust God and stand on His promises given us in His word. the demonstration between the friend and Chuks is very apt.
    I am meditating on a sharing am to have with young adults at a school on Psalm 125 -Those that trust in God and I find it very refreshing.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.
    The Lord bless you and cause you to fulfill your ministry and finish strong

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