Do You Really Believe?
When I pose this question, I am thinking over my own life. I think about my early years before I had any belief system, I think about the years I went through all the motions of my faith and I think about how I am living my life now. When I compare these different stages in my life I realize that there was no real change in how I lived my life, from my early years through most of my adult life. Even though I did the things that most Christians did, like going to church regularly, paying my tithes and offerings and generally being a good person, I still lived my life as I saw fit and did the things that I wanted to do.
We all say that God is omnipresent, everywhere at all times. Which means He sees everything and nothing can be hidden from Him. We also say that He is omnipotent, has all power and authority. Which means that there is no one greater than Him and that He is able to do anything. We are told that He is omniscient, which means He knows everything. He has all knowledge and has complete understanding of things that we may never know.
Anyone that has gone to any church has heard these things. God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last and nothing is too great for Him. When I think about who He is, I often ask myself, Did I really believe all that when I was living my life in sin? I looked like a believer, I walked and I talked like a believer but there was no real change in my life, so did I really believe that God could see everything I was doing? or did I just not care? Either way I was doomed and I didn't even realize it because I was going through all the motions and doing everything my church required of me.
Real change did not come for me until I decided to develop a personal relationship with God. To get to know who He was for myself. Through increasing my prayers, worship and reading His word. That is when my whole life began to change. My church life remained the same but everything about my daily life changed drastically. That's when God became real and alive in my life. And that's when my life began to reflect the things that I always said I believed in.
The Bible says that if you love the Lord you will keep His commandments and follow them. It has nothing to do with being the highest contributor to your church or having the most regular attendance or even how well you treat your pastor. For me it has been all about living a life that reflects the teachings in the Bible, loving and helping those around you and seeking a relationship with God.
When you have successfully created that relationship, God will touch your life through His miracles, signs and wonders. Which will motivate and encourage you on this journey. So I ask that each of us, look at our life and consider the question...do I REALLY believe?
Jeremiah 23:23-24 23Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? 24Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
Isaiah 44:6 6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
John 14:15 15If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Psalm 147:5 5Great is our LORD, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
Luke 1:37 37For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Revelation 22:13 13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.