What we truly believe is what we truly are are and who we truly are in every part of our life. It is how we respond to crisis, challenges and conflict in daily lives.
I often wonder , not just for myself, but about others, do we know what we truly believe and why we believe it? I believe that we should all address these questions in our lives for many reasons.
We often live parallel lives. Our spiritual and physical lives exist analogously and are often very different from one another. Our spiritual lives are peaceful. We feel calm and loving after our morning devotional. We trust God with everything. The worries and ambitions that entangle us during the week slowly recede and we can finally see our Savior.
Then Monday comes. Bills are due and the boss is calling, so we get in our cars and stress about who is getting promoted. We wonder what that coworker meant by that comment and we hurriedly finish that email that was supposed to be done last week. Then we get in our cars and try to conjure a dinner idea from our already frazzled brain, and we’re bothered by the hungry children staring at us wondering why the food’s not ready. That’s our physical life. Far from the peace, love, calm, and trust of our spiritual life.
If we do not believe the Word, we’ll never have continuity between our spiritual and physical lives. However, believing the Word is more difficult than it seems. Saying we believe it is easy; actually believing it during the challenges of life is almost unnatural. Believing God’s Word means you believe:
Your needs will always be provided (Philippians 4:19) even though you’ve recently been fired
Nothing can separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:38) even though you just sinned really badly, repeatedly
God knows the plans He has for you; plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11) even though your recent medical diagnosis confirmed your worst fear.
The Bible will never be relevant to us if we don’t believe it. We’ll fall asleep reading it or it will become a nice thought and nothing more. We’ll struggle with spiritual boredom and our love relationship with our Father will burn out. Additionally, non-Christians won’t buy what we’re selling and the world will continue its despairing descent into humanism.
If you’re a Christian and you struggle to believe God’s Word, take heart. Faith is simple but not easy. If you desperately desire the promises of the Bible to be your reality, start with believing only one concept. Transitioning from a Christian atheist to a powerful, effective, Bible-believing believer can be overwhelming. Instead, select one Biblical truth and concentrate on believing only that. For example, focus all your energy only on believing the Biblical promises about energy. Believe that
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
[You can] Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)
In wanting to believe what you say you believe, you must first know why you believe what you believe. It is not mere faith, my friends. Faith is important but there must be a foundation for your faith, a launching pad from I can to I am believing and then faith is the continued walk of the believer, as the enemy fires his fiery darts to try and burn down into our minds that would soon drop down into our hearts.
A daily and robust bible study is important that is lead and guided by the Holy Spirit, who will lead and guide us into all truths. Once we know truth and accept it, it not only builds our faith but our foundations of what we believe. Once we know truth then we will experience freedom of what we believe. It is a wonderful cycle that occurs during our time in the Word of God and a true agape relationship with our Father in Heaven.
If we question or are walking in error, which error begats error, then we are not walking in freedom.
There are opinions, philosophy and then there are absolute truths. If your life is not built on these absolute truths, you cannot live and walk in freedom and I know of no one who does not desire to live in freedom and liberty from bondage.
So, ask yourself "Why do I believe what I believe?" Then begin to ask God to show you, write it down. Do you truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Did He die for my sins? Did he rise from the grave and now sits at the right hand of the Father and makes intercession for me? Can and does the Holy Spirit of God live and dwell within me?
There is nothing wrong with knowing why you believe what you believe. God is not taken back for you to ask these questions. He wants you to know why you believe what you believe so that you may then share with others. Only in truly believing and knowing what you believe can you winsomly speak to others and share about your faith. There is nothing wrong with research and development in your spiritual life.
The Bible says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)
To be prepared, to make things or oneself ready, there is an effort to make you ready to now only be prepared if asked but more importantly when the enemy wants to bring doubt and confusion our way, to question our beliefs.
If you were faced with any of the following statements and questions, would you be able to answer them?
If God really existed, why would he allow all of the evil and suffering that exists in the world? (For example: 9/11)
There is no proof for creationism, evolution has been proven and any attempt to hold on to that myth is foolishness and blind faith.
The Bible is historically inaccurate and is full of fairy tales.
The life of Jesus Christ is undocumented and it is very likely that he was not even a real person, not to mention there is absolutely no proof for his resurrection from the dead.
You really believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God? How do you know that Christianity is the only religion that is right? You really think that the billions of Muslims and Buddhists in world are going to Hell just because they believe differently than you? How arrogant!
Good and evil are illusions. Right and wrong are determined simply according to what is best for the survival of humanity and by avoiding the most possible suffering for the majority.
The arguments are endless, but the evidences for God’s existence are overwhelming.
Jesus told us to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
So many times we ignore the command to love God with our mind.
We need to know what we believe and we need to know why we believe it. We must actively seek out the evidences for God.