18/365 days of blogging.
Notice that title didn’t say do we believe IN God. It said Do we believe God? Believing IN God is a lot different than believing God.
For the next few days I will be blogging about a wonderful Bible study I have been revisiting. It is a Beth Moore study and the title of it is Believing God. Check it out online. I think you can do the study online and you get the video’s and all right at your finger tips.
I think the study is a lot more about faith than it is believing. The fact is that those two words are a vicious cycle that work against each other. You have to believe to have faith and you must have faith to believe.
In the 1st chapter, verses 11-23 it says this; “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
God’s purpose is to offer salvation to the world, just as he planned to do long ago. God is sovereign; He is in charge. When your life seems chaotic, rest in this truth: Jesus is Lord, and God is in control. God’s purpose to save you cannot be thwarted, no matter what evil satan may bring.
The Holy Spirit is God’s seal that we belong to Him and His deposit guaranteeing that He will do what He has promised. The holy Spirit is like a down payment, a deposit, a validating signature on the contract. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us demonstrates the genuineness of our faith, proves that we are God’s children and secures eternal life for us. His power works in us to transform us now, and what we experience now is a taste of the total change we will experience in eternity.
Paul prayed that the Ephesians would know Christ better. Christ is our model, and the more we know of Him, the more we want to be like Him. Jesus is the same Jesus he was back in biblical times and remains that same Jesus in today’s life. If we spend time in prayer with Him and develop a personal relationship with Him, growing our personal knowledge of Christ will change our lives tremendously!
The hope we have is not a vague feeling that the future will be positive, but it is complete assurance of certain victory through God. This complete certainty comes to us through the Holy Spirit who is working in us. The world fears the power of a nuclear bomb, yet we belong to the God of the universe who not only created that nuclear power but also raised Jesus Christ from the dead. We don’t seemed to be afraid of that at all. God’s incomparable great power is available to help us. Nothing is impossible with Him. We just lack the will to tap into His power. Jesus Tells us we can do greater miracles than he did but we don’t believe it.
Why do we lack in faith? The answer is simple….We are lazy human beings and it takes too much work. If we would just stop and realize that what brought us to the moment of salvation was act of faith! But it doesn’t stop there. Having believed in Him, we are called to continue believing all He came to do and say. Tragically some who have believed in Christ have believed little of Him since then. He who began a work in us wants to continue to mold us into the image He wants us to be. An image like His Son.
Do you see God’s heart? Yes, He requires much if we’re going to fulfill a divinely ordained destiny. I won’t kid you, but what He is prepared to do in behalf of those who are obedient staggers the imagination.
Hear this: Anytime you put forth the time and attention into seeking God’s face and diligently reading His Word, and apply what you read to our life,you will be greatly rewarded. God is the giver of all good things. He wants to give you all the blessings you deserve. Did you read that last sentence. He wants to give you all the blessings you deserve. Deserve? do we deserve any blessings? No. But He wants to give them to us anyway. The only requirement we have is to be obedient to Him and ONLY Him. Living for HIM and not for the world.