If you’ve been a believer for quite a length of time, sometimes you can start going through the motions and not taking an active measure in your faith. I know for me, after being a believer from the age of 6 to now in my 30’s it’s easy for things to slide and other things to become priority, when in fact our biggest priority should be our walk with the Lord.
So, for this month, I want us to dive into a series I’m calling Back to the Basics. We’ll talk through so many important things and foundations in our faith journey.
What Does Belief Really Look Like?
What does it look like to truly believe in Jesus? To really know what it looks like to believe in Him, I think we need to know what “believe” really means. The Oxford dictionary describes believe as:
to accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of
So when you believe something you are completely certain that it is the truth.
If we look at that in the lens of Jesus, to believe in Jesus means we have to be truly and completely certain He is the truth.
John 14:6 NIV says, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”” Right there from Jesus’ own mouth He says He is the truth. And, Nehemiah 23:19 NIV says, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” and Titus 1:2 NIV says, “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time…”
So when you believe He’s the truth, does that mean you believe just a piece of what He stands for and says or do you believe everything? I would sure hope you would believe everything, because to only believe a piece would mean you didn’t really believe to begin with, right?
So to believe Jesus and know that He is the truth and what He says is true and what He does is true, then when does that mean for believing in His promises?
That means, you would have to believe every one of His promises, right? Do you know how many promises there are? 5, 467. Yep, you read that right. Five thousand four hundred and sixty-seven promises! That’s a lot of promises!
You want to know how to be able to keep believing when life comes in and doubts start to creep up? Read the promises in the Bible! There’s more than enought to bring hope to your soul!
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23 NIV
If you believe in Him, that also means you would need to believe in His plan for your life, too. Yikes, that one is a little harder, right? Jeremiah 29:11 NIV says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Right here we’re reminded that He has plans for our life and they’re good plans! Surely if the God of the universe who fashioned where each individual star was to be placed and fashioned how many hairs are on your head, then surely this God’s plan for your life can be trusted.
I think the hardest part for most of us about trusting His plan for our life is the unknown. Not knowing where things will go or when things will happen can seem like torment. But experience has shown me that I can’t handle to know all the things He has in store. It would be too much for me to fathom.
If God would have told me five years ago that I would launch an infertility support ministry, venture into public speaking and even write a book, I would have laughed and refused to do it. I just wasn’t at a place to receive that news in my life back then. And, I think that’s such wisdom on His part.
He knows us so intricately that He knows what we can and can’t handle to have the knowledge of. But once we come on the other side of His plan, we can look back and see His plan really was on point. Did I want to have infertility, have it be a part of my story that would help others, and then reach into others lives to walk them through their own hurt and struggles? Absolutely not! But would I trade it? Also, absolutely not! This journey is the worst and best thing that’s happened to me! It’s so hard to believe that I would even say that. But I hope that’s an encouragement to you to truly believe in His plan for your life.
It can be so hard to believe in His power, if we have been praying for the power of His miracle in our life and we don’t think He’s performing. But honestly, I think it goes back to God’s plan and His timing. Just because you don’t see the miracle now, doesn’t mean you won’t see it. And just because someone else got one, doesn’t mean your was taken up.
“ You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” –Psalm 77:14 NIV
He is the God of miracles! If you believe in Him, believe in that, too!
It can be hard to keep believing for things, when you’ve waiting so very long. I get it, believe me. Sixteen years of infertility has shown me how hard waiting is and to keep believing.
But if I’m going to say I believe in Him, I have to fully believe in everything He is and has. So much good comes from believing and during time of wait He does so much good. He provides, He heals, He restores, He grows me.
Dear sister, believe fully in Him and everything He is!
What’s the hardest thing or part for you to believe when it comes to God?