Do You Believe?

Posted: August 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)

We all know this verse. It is probably one of the very first Bible verses we memorized as a child. And yet I can’t help but wonder if many who profess to believe really do. What does it really mean to believe? In Greek the word believe is pisteuō which according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon means, “A conviction full of joyful trust, that Jesus is the Messiah — the divinely appointed author of eternal salvation in the kingdom of God, conjoined with obedience to Christ.

To believe then is more than just an acknowledgment that Jesus is who he says he is. To believe includes trust and obedience.

Given the actual definition of the word “believe” based on the original language used here and in other places throughout the Bible, I wonder how many “believers” truly believe?

In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul says to “Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers. Examine yourselves [not me]! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves [by an ongoing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you fail the test and are rejected as counterfeit?” 2 Corinthians 13:5 (AMP)

So let me ask you. Do you believe? As we have seen believing is more than just mental assent. Believing for salvation is joyfully trusting in Jesus sacrifice on our behalf and walking in obedience to him as Lord. Anything less is superficial at best.

I would suggest we all examine ourselves and make whatever corrections need to be made while we still can. The day will come when our mediocre belief will be tested and the outcome could determine our eternal destiny. If your belief were judged where would you stand? Would your belief be counted as unbelief? Now is probably a good time to work it out.

Right Now God

Posted: February 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

The book of Ezra records the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. It is a wonderful picture of God’s faithfulness in the midst of opposition. As I was reading this account God shared an important truth which can be found in chapter 4, verses 11 & 12. “… And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ households, the old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many shouted aloud for joy,” ~ Ezra‬ ‭3:11-12‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Why did the older men weep while the younger men rejoiced? It was because the older men remembered the first temple in all its glory and were disappointed because the new temple was not as grand. The younger men had not seen the first temple and so they rejoiced at the new thing God was doing.

It is often the same today. Many of us older believers have traditions and beliefs that are grounded in our Christian heritage that sometimes don’t quite fit into the church as it is today. As a result many weep, as it were, for the days past rather than rejoicing over what God is doing today.

So here is the lesson from Ezra 4:11-12. Don’t hold onto what God did and miss what God is doing. Don’t dwell in the past when God is moving in the here and now. Don’t miss what God wants to do in your life today because it may look different than it did yesterday.

If this rings true then consider sharing this with your Christian brothers and sisters. God is always moving forward and his desire is that we boldly follow along.