Know What You Believe
Trust God in & for Everything!
Know What You Believe
The Bible is a collection of (66) sixty-six books inspired by God. Comprised of both the Old and New Testaments. God’s Holy Word gives us a glimpse into the mind of God, the state of man, his origins and history and the Way of God’s plan of SALVATION through Jesus Christ. It contains His authentic inspired Word to Light our path and daily nourish us spiritually. To encourage, support, comfort, abet and cheer us on as well as convict us of any wrongdoing! Or should I say sin, which is anything that separates us from God! No one wants to talk about sin these days! Know what you believe!
The Bible is our life’s manual. It is the history of Jesus Christ and candidly gives us an account of His story! It contains God’s will for our lives! Genesis tells us that from the very beginning Jesus Christ IS! Jesus Christ IS the Living Word who spoke everything into existence. This is what the Word tells us about Jesus: “He is the Image of The invisible God, the Firstborn over ALL creation. For by HIM ALL things were created that are in HEAVEN and that are on the Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. ALL things were created through HIM and for HIM! And He is before ALL things and in HIM ALL things consist. And He is the HEAD of the body, the CHURCH, who is the BEGINNING, the firstborn from the dead, that in ALL things HE may have the PREEMINENCE!” Colossians 1
Preeminence means Jesus Christ is Superior and ranks Higher than anyone or anything. He truly is Outstanding! He outshines anyone or anything else! He being the Head is the beginning of His Church! We meaning; those who believe in Him are His people. Jesus is the origin and foundation of His Church! He is the Head! The Word of God is God’s declaration of His TRUTH! Although there are many speculative scientific theories and hypothesis’ it has never been proven to be otherwise! “In the beginning GOD!” Jesus spoke the heavens and the earth into existence! “Then God said, “Let US make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, let them have dominion over…” Genesis 1
When we were created we were given the ability to think; meaning mental intellect, ability to understand, express emotion and will. With this came free choice. There are consequences for our choices. We can learn much from Adam and Eve. Mostly what not to do! When Adam was created from the dust he was sinless. Eve was created by God from a rib bone that was taken from Adam’s side. She was wonderfully created by God to be Adam's Helpmeet so he would not be alone. She too was created sinless. She allowed herself to become beguiled by the serpent... Eve set sin in motion and Adam cosigned! They both fell into sin. Roman 3 says; “ For All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God…” Their quality and standard of life was significantly altered because of this choice! They disobeyed and sinned; willingly separated from God and his original design for life and living. Therefore sin entered into the world. The Bible is clear on this. Know what you believe!
GOD has given us the ability to have emotional intelligence. This is the ability to manage our emotions. Herein lies our ability to responsively exercise self-control. We don't just simply react. Instead we cautiously respond while managing our emotions. We exercise meekness which is power under control. We have emotional awareness of our emotions as well as the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence is a state of awareness. We are aware of frustration, happiness, sadness, anger, fear, doubt, anxiety as well as a plethora of other emotions. This is a gift or skill that is constantly honed as we exercise discipline. The goal here is not to be right for the sake of being right. It is to astutely seek the TRUTH of the matter at hand. This is how we become better parents, spouses, friends, coworkers, neighbors, people and first and foremost clergy. This is how we make better ethical moral decisions. This is where we have integrity.
Every since the beginning mankind has continued to sin. We have inherited a proclivity towards sin. Because of this inner inclination towards sin mankind has continually grew further and further away from life as God intended. Mankind continued to disobey our forefathers, Abraham, Moses and God's prophets, priests and Kings. Many of them also disobeyed. “Therefore, just as though one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned…” Romans 1 This is why we all need Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior; To save us from the power of sin reigning within our lives! We have now inherited His Holy Spirit to lead us to all Truth! Know what you believe!
God sent His Son Christ Jesus to us, wrapped in sinless flesh to overcome sin in the flesh for us! He was born of a virgin, Mary. He lived a sinless life! He was misunderstood and mistreated, crucified, died and was buried. But, He arose with ALL POWER! He sacrificed his life for us all. So we could be restored and now be redeemed to be able to have a proper relationship with Him! “And the WORD became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His GLORY as the only Begotten of the Father, Full of Grace and TRUTH…” John 1. The Word of God is so precious. God does not want any of us to be ignorant. Nor does He want us to be deceived or manipulated into believing something that is not true! The TRUTH really does set you Free! The Spirit of the Lord, His precious Holy Spirit is given as The Comforter, our internal Counselor and Teacher upon the profession of our Faith and belief in Jesus Christ! As His child you must nurture your belief by developing and ongoing relationship with the Lord through His Word! It is important to Know what you believe
God wants us to have a healthy balanced FAITH! Jesus taught a balance. We are to share the Word. It is not necessary to force it upon anyone. Nor is there a need to argue the TRUTH! As Christians we are continually growing. We never get to a place when we have arrived. I was taught that “We are forever becoming. In the eyes of God we are all children. God has no grandchildren!" Therefore there is always room for improvement as long as He has us on this side of Heaven. Don't compromise what you know to be right, even if you are misunderstood. God has given us His Holy Spirit, with this comes responsibility! As we grow in the grace and knowledge of His Word there should be a continuing change. Anger, fear, anxiety, doubt, stress, love, hate, grief...... are all emotions one feels from time to time. Self control should always take the forefront as we grow spiritually We are truly blessed! Blessed means deep joy and contentment in God! Even during, pain, persecution or sorrow we can still have His unspeakable Joy when our focus is genuinely upon Him! As we grow spiritually the Fruit of His Spirit develops within us. We will or can become increasingly better to effectively exercise self control! We are also become more and more aware that GOD is Omnipresent!
God loves you and wants you to know HIS Word!
“ That we should no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind and doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the TRUTH in LOVE, may grow up in ALL things into HIM who is the HEAD - CHRIST from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by what every point supplies according to the effective working by which every part does its share…” Ephesians 5
Pray for Discernment! There is much going on in and around His Church that is not of HIM. There is even more going on within the world in these "Latter Days!"
GOD IS OMNISCIENT. This means that HE knows everything about everyone all throughout this world, past, present & future. I am thankful to know that each one of us will have to give an account to the Lord for all that we do. Never seek to take revenge for vengeance belongs to the LORD> Instead PRAY and patiently allow the LORD to move on your behalf. This way you DO NOT have to compromise the inner PEACE that only comes from GOD> . We are to reverentially fear GOD not man. Take time DAILY to take a Spiritual Bath in HIS WORD! For it has Magnificent Miraculous Cleansing Power.
"Therefore since we have been JUSTIFIED through FAITH, we have PEACE with GOD through our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Through whom we have gained access by FAITH into this GRACE in which we NOW STAND.
And we REJOICE in the HOPE of the GLORY of GOD. Not only so, because we REJOICE in our sufferings, because we KNOW that sufferings produces PRESERVERANCE, CHARACTER; and CHARACTER HOPE.
And HOPE does NOT disappoint us, because GOD has poured out HIS LOVE into our hearts by the HOLY SPIRIT which HE has GIVEN US!" THANK YOU LORD!
God does not want us to be legalistic or rigid! You will discover that there are people in the Bible who are not very different from you or I. Every since Jesus resurrection and ascension we have been given the gift of having His indwelling presence within us His Holy Spirit; His Comforter! Praise God! & Thank you Lord! This does not mean that you are beside yourself. It means that you are aware that God is totally aware of everything you say, do or think as well as everyone else. As a believer it is very important to KNOW GOD'S WORD for yourself! This helps us immensely to better recognize His Will and His Way. You will also find in His Word that God is sovereign over all of us as well as His creation! There is liberty in knowing Jesus! But we must never use that liberty for maliciousness. With the HELP of HIS HOLY SPIRIT the LORD teaches us (or will teach you) how to; "OVERCOME evil with GOOD!"
This is why it is important to develop an intimate ongoing personal relationship with Jesus Christ through His Word. Jesus died so we could have a life full of Discipline and Joy. This is possible when we keep Him as the center of our lives!!! We can continually be renewed and transformed daily by the Word of God by His precious Holy Spirit! This way you can be, “like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water bringing forth its fruit in season...” Psalms 1
As you really get to know the Lord your Trust in HIM deepens. You are constantly aware that He is Omnipresent! You know without doubt in any and every situation HE WILL take care of You when You STAND UPON HIS WORD! Embrace His Word daily. Within His Word is an endless marvelous wealth of godly wisdom and spiritually nutritious “Food for Thought!” It is good for your mind, body and soul. It is important to know GOD as SOVEREIGN. In these "Latter Days" It is so very important to "Know what you believe!"
WE CAN ALWAYS & FOREVER TRUST GOD & HIS WORD!