Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Wednesday's Word: BELIEF EXPLAINED
It's a standing joke in my family. I don't believe in dinosaurs! Why not since remains have been found? I've never interacted with a Dino to assist my belief. Why do we believe or not believe? Our belief or "trust" system works when it is exercised. As a baby, you inherently trust your parents to keep you safe until ... your belief system is broken. How does it break? Your parents make promises they don't keep. Let's say your Dad encourages you to jump in the pool "I'll catch you!" You trust and jump! You plunge to the bottom of the pool coming up strangled, gasping for air and scared to death. He's laughing! Will you trust him to jump again? Probably not! If he says he'll catch you, you'll be like "Ahhh, not so sure!" You will question and distrust his intentions. Can you recall situations like this with people (hopefully not your parents) where your belief was tested? Did your trust increase or decrease when you were let down? Keeping our word builds trust. Doing what we say we will causes folks to believe in us.
Why believe in Jesus? We can't see him. We hear about him just like the dinosaurs. We read evidence of his life in the Bible just like dinosaur bones are evidence of them. The difference in Deity and dinosaurs is the Holy Spirit. God speaks to us and we can feel him. He can move us. We know he is real. We all have that inherent trust/belief/measure of faith we were born with. We don't have to rely on a scientist digging up bones. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 13:5 goes on to say "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Words you can live by, trust and believe! Has Jesus ever let you down? Has he ever broken your trust? Go on, jump into his arms, you better believe... he'll catch you!
What's holding you back from trusting in Jesus? Do you trust him fully? Leave me a comment and let's talk.
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