Week 14: So, What Do You Believe?

FRIDAY

There are times in our lives when it is not always easy to place our faith in Jesus.  Life circumstances can test what we believe and sometimes we may wonder if placing our faith in Christ and not on our surroundings is worth it. If we were to have the ability to see into the future I am certain that we would see its more than worth it. As I look back on my life it is the moments that I did not place my faith in Christ that I wish I could change. Every moment I have placed my faith in Christ and continued to trust in Him has always been worth it. He has always been faithful.

Paul told Timothy, “If we die with him, we’ll live with him; If we stick it out with him, we’ll rule with him; If we turn our backs on him, he’ll turn his back on us; If we give up on him, he does not give up—for there’s no way he can be false to himself.” (2 Timothy 2:11b-13 The Message) God will continue to be faithful to who He is and continue to accomplish His purposes for us. As Paul also says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” If we continue to place our trust in God, continue to believe that in Him we have real life; we will continue to look back and have the confidence to know that following Him is always worth it. See you Sunday

THURSDAY

There is a very interesting balance between faith and what God accomplishes in the lives of those who follow Him.  As Hebrews 11:6 reminds us, “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” This is not to say that God is limited by our faith. He can do whatever He wants to do in whatever way He wants to do it. Yet there are many times God chooses to work in greater ways as His people exercise their faith in Him. The Bible is full of stories that testify to this truth.

Consider the story of the Israelites as the left Egypt. Most of the people did not think God could remove the people from the Promised Land and so they never experienced the joy of entering. Joshua and Caleb did believe that God was able to help them defeat those who dwelt there. These two who placed their faith in God were able to enter and experience the joy of God doing amazing things as they placed their faith in Him.  God works through our faith and what we believe about Him to do many wonders in our life. We have been talking about what we believe about Jesus for a while now in hopes that our faith in Him would grow and we would see God do wonderful things in and around us. May that continue to be true in our lives each day.

WEDNESDAY

I shared this quote from George Mueller on Sunday, “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith; and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” It is not always easy to follow Christ and sometimes there are difficult situations that test our faith in Him. The more we focus on the aspects of the situations that cause us to be anxious; the more we forget who Jesus is and His ability to overcome the situations that we face.

Paul communicated this truth to the Philippian church, “…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) As we take the things that would cause us to be anxious and present them to God, believing that there is power in doing so, we experience a peace that guards our hearts and our minds. To believe that God is not greater than the obstacles we face or that there is no  benefit in bringing our requests to Him only opens the door for there to be no peace in our lives. That ultimately leads us into dangerous positions where we suffer due to unbelief. Do not be anxious. Trust and believe in God. He is more than able.

TUESDAY

The Gospel of John was written for a specific purpose, as we saw in reading John 20:31. Through reading this account we are supposed to have a greater understanding of who Jesus really is. Yet sometimes as we read scripture, like the Gospel of John or we attend church services, that does not always take place. We come seeking something for ourselves and miss out experiencing the result of knowing Jesus in a more personal way, that is we miss out on experiencing the fullness of life that we deeply long for.

Jesus taught the disciples, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”(John 15:4-5) Apart from staying connected to Jesus we cannot bear fruit that lasts. So, when we come to Scripture let us come with the realization that we are seeking to know Jesus more and to stay connected to Him. When we come to worship Him, let our hearts have the same attitude. Let us be intentional in the things we do as we follow Chris and as we seek to know Him more.

MONDAY

We have spent 14 weeks journeying through the Gospel of John. Consistently throughout we have been challenged to ask ourselves what we believe in regards to who Jesus is and what He desires to accomplish in our lives. The theme throughout is summarized by John 20:31, “but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” Reading this Gospel should impact what we believe about Jesus and that belief should lead to us experiencing life. Sometimes we miss the truth that believing in Jesus does something in us and we experience something greater than we would have had we not chosen to believe.

How important is what you believe about Jesus to you? Does it only go as far as salvation? Are you only concerned about not spending eternity separated from God when you consider what you believe concerning Jesus? That is important to consider, but we cannot stop there or use Jesus as someone who gives us what we want and when we want it. That is a slap in His face. What we believe about Jesus impacts every single area of our life, or at least it should. So, what do you believe?