October 1, 2020

It Starts With Believing

It Starts With Believing

There’s power in believing who God says we are. Faith isnโ€™t mere words spokenโ€”itโ€™s our hearts ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž. We must first believe in order to receive Godโ€™s promises and become who He says we are. It starts with believing.

It’s been a journey for me to learn to see myself as God sees meโ€”beautiful.

As I sat in stillness before the Lord, He posed a question to me: “What if believing that you are beautiful is what made you beautiful?”

I thought to myself, “If believing that I was beautiful would make me beautiful, then yes, I’d believe that I am beautiful.” God then reminded me that believing that I am beautiful is what makes me beautiful.

God and others can tell me a million times a day that I’m beautiful, but if I don’t believe it, then it doesn’t matter what the truth is. I can be beautiful but without me believing it, I’ll never see it myself.

Truth is irrelevant unless we believe it.

This principle applies to our salvation in Jesus. Jesus is the way, truth, and life, but unless we believe it, we won’t experience His salvation.

Romans 10:9 says, โ€œIf you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.โ€

It’s our faith that saves usโ€”we must believe that Jesus is the way, truth, and life.

Ephesians 2:8 says, โ€œFor it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.โ€ It’s by the grace of God that we can be saved through the precious blood of Jesus, and it’s through our faith that we can receive God’s salvation for us.

It’s by faith that we can receive all that God has for us now and in eternity.

Hebrews 11:7-8 says, โ€œBy faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith, he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

Both Noah and Abraham received God’s promises in their lives through their step of faith. They believed in God’s word before seeing it come to pass. God told Noah to build an ark because He was going to destroy the world through a flood. Noah built the ark out of faith which saved him and his family. Abraham had to leave his homeland, his place of comfort in order to walk into his ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ from God.

Noah’s act of faith was building the ark. Abraham’s act of faith was leaving his hometown.

What is your act of faith that God is calling you to do?

Whether God is calling you to ๐’˜๐’‚๐’Š๐’•, ๐’ˆ๐’, ๐’๐’“ ๐’๐’†๐’• ๐’ˆ๐’, we must trust that God has the best in store for us. Receiving Godโ€™s promises starts by believing. The enemy always tries to attack us with fear because he knows the power we receive when we obey God in faith.

When in doubt, ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐†๐จ๐ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž. Remembering ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’…โ€™๐’” ๐’‡๐’‚๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐’‡๐’–๐’๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” will help us trust God in our ๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’†๐’๐’• circumstances.

Faithfulness is ๐†๐จ๐โ€™๐ฌ ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž. He never fails us and is ๐’‚๐’๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’…. When fear or doubt tries to tell us otherwise, we must redirect our thoughts to the truth that God is faithfulโ€”๐‘ฏ๐’† ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’…. If we want the best that God has in store for us, we must be willing to let go of things that God has clearly asked us to let go of. So remember, it starts with believing.

Listen more on this topic in our latest Podcast โ€œIt Starts With Believing”
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Prayer: I thank you Jesus that I can trust you with all my heart and know that you have the best in store for me.ย 

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