To Believe or Not To Believe
The foremost tenet of the Christian faith is that God exists and on that one building block, we create a whole infrastructure of assurances, such as:
He sent His Son to die for us individually (Romans 5:8)
His Spirit is alive and involved with humanity today (John 16:7)
He speaks to us today through His word (2 Timothy 3:16)
He loves us and has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11)
If you believe in the existence of God with all the attributes of godliness, then why is it so hard to believe He can appear in human form? (Doctrine of divinity made human). Why is it impossible for Him to communicate with His creation? The mystery of sovereignty versus individual free will becomes palatable once you take that first step of faith and choose to believe that 'God is'.
In my own life, I sometimes struggle with being sure of what God is saying. He makes numerous promises in His word and always responds to my prayers. Sometimes with a quote, a song, a sermon or an impression of one or more Scriptures based on these promises. In a general sense, I never doubt that God is speaking and I can heartily embrace the promises.
The challenge comes when the request is specific such as when there is a crisis, a problem, a need or a desire. My fear is the presumptuous tendency I have to fill in the blanks in my mind or judge by my senses. The 'flesh', as the Bible calls it. Unfortunately, I've had plenty of experience living daily in the flesh. But we are called to put the flesh under, and I am here to remind you - it rears its head again, day after day. Fortunately for us, God's mercies are new every morning. The Lord will incorporate mistakes and wrong turns, gently steering us in the right direction and unto the final destination.
We cannot afford not to believe in God. Many times I have misinterpreted what He is saying. More often, I clearly understood what was being said, taught or instructed by the Holy Spirit. Believing in God means:
You acknowledge God, and relate to Him by accepting Jesus as your Savior
Praying daily to talk to Him
Listening to Him through His word (the Bible)
Spending time with others who believe (fellowship)
Obeying what you believe God is saying to you
Acting like His promises are true
So, my question to you today is 'what will you choose?' I choose to believe God and obey when He speaks to me. I testify that I've found lost articles, mended broken relationships, found favor, made money and even stayed alive - all because I choose to believe. My prayer for you today is that you too will choose God, and you'll choose to believe Him. We love you and pray for you daily. Have a blessed day.
2 Peter 1:21