Knowing What You Believe

Day by Day Devotions

Scientists haven’t discovered a tool yet to see human beliefs.  It is actually not until we are faced with a situation that our belief systems are called to the forefront and our actions follow suit.

I recall the season that I was discerning the voice of God telling me it was time to leave my job.  I distinctly remember trying to find an alternative to His command so “I” could suffice for the income that would be loss as a result of my leaving.  Yes, I was essentially trying to help God help me! And so once again I heard Him say, it’s time to leave–your season has ended.  And so my season of total trust in God would begin.

Now I don’t know about you, but I thought I believed God’s Word.  I would confess Philippians [4:19] that my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus, but did I really believe it? I was struggling big time.  It wasn’t until I came to this crossroad in my journey that the theory in my head became the belief in my heart.
FAITH is TRUST!

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Hebrews defines faith as SUBSTANCE.  It is the flour in the bread mixture
It is the catalyst for any chemical reaction
It is the evidence of our beliefs
It is unthinkable trust
Without it, we cannot please God

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

God called me on what I said I believed.  It is the second part of the verse in Hebrews 11:6 that gave me hope for this season.  As I was going into a deeper relationship with God, my faith was being challenged to another level.  God was responding to my mustard seed by requiring me to sacrifice that thing that I thought I couldn’t do without.  In the process, He has abundantly supplied my needs and given me more than I could ever think or imagine.  All because I trusted Him.

Hebrews 11 goes on to list the heroes of faith and the pattern that I notice is that God required them to act based on their trust and belief in Him.  The act of faith is required to bring you into a close and intimate relationship with your Him.  Remember–responding to God in obedience is faith under pressure!

What about you? Is there any area that God is requiring you to trust Him more? Is there any situation that God is requiring you to obey immediately based on your trust in Him? Is He wanting you to trust Him in your action and not just in your head?

God’s Word is alive and it is active. It is not stagnant but requires us to act out of our faith to test what we believe.  Knowledge is only information if there is no revelation of that knowledge.  Your knowledge should become your practice.

Prayer Focus:
Father,
Thank you for your Word! Thank you that your Word is alive in me. Help me to discern your voice regarding every situation that I encounter.  Give me revelation of your Word as You order my steps.  Help me to obey you and know that You will reward my diligence in seeking You!
In Jesus name.
Amen.

 

April McCullough