What Do You Believe
Belief in God and Christ has a tendency to take on many forms.
Does your faith allow you to place value in God?
When it comes to belief I’m reminded that Satan and his demons believe, however... the way they act on that belief brings it into question. As I said, belief takes on many forms. The question for all of us is “What Do We Believe?” Instead of taking our belief, and in turn our faith for granted... it becomes necessary to assess the value of what we believe. What we believe and why is an ongoing understanding that we must filter through the Word of God. Take a look at these passages and the question posed. Ask yourself what you really believe and why. Self analysis and a periodic assessment every now and then is not a bad idea.
Do you believe you can trust in the promises of God?
- Psalm 125:1
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
- Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
- Isaiah 26:4
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
- Romans 4:21
being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Do you believe that Christ has destroyed the works of the devil?
- Acts 10:38
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
- Ephesians 6:11
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
- James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
- Hebrews 2:14
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—
- 1 John 3:8
He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
Do you believe that no weapon formed against man shall prosper?
- Psalm 44:5
Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes
- Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
- Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Do you believe that the Lord will never leave you of forsake you?
- Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
- Deuteronomy 31:8
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
- Joshua 1:5
No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
- 1 Kings 8:57
May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us.
- Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
We accept “A belief in Christ”, but what do we believe Him for. Do we believe him for what we think He can do for us… or do we believe Him for “Who and What”, He is?
Is it really O.K. to allow things that lead to death, to act with complacency and maintain a stance of indifferance? Are we that afraid to refuse to try and create a change? How long will we allow DEATH to stand in the way of LIFE?
Jesus told them, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (Jn.6:29)
Our belief is tied to our action; it’s the follow through that testifies about our faith. When you have a problem you send for the one you believe can help. You don’t send for a babysitter to perform medical surgery or a plumber to do your laundry. You go for who you believe is best qualified to do the job. When Lazarus was sick, his sisters sent for Jesus. The question for them is the same for us… “WHY”... What did they believe? When Jesus arrived after the death of Lazarus, his sisters, Martha and Mary, along with the whole town all believed it was too late.
What we believe has to stay with us, and it must reflect in our daily actions. We need to ask ourselves about what we believe and why. We must also allow the Spirit of Christ to shape that belief through the “Word of God”; reminding us of “All Truth.” When fear, peer pressure, or our own fixed point of view prevents us from seeing things in the light of Christ’s example; we are reduced to our own form of Godliness.
It is in our attempt to see things our way... to keep control... and... to exert our will that we --- deny the full power of God that is available. We must be willing to deny ourselves and follow Jesus.