What We Believe
As a man believes in his heart so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Do you ever think about what you really believe?
What is true, what is real?
What is not?
Our ideas about truth, our perception of what we believe to be true, influences our lives in many ways.
It affects our choice of who we decide to share our life with, who our friends will be, where we go to church or if we do not,how we view others, where we will live, the car we drive, the house we buy, the food we eat, how we live life.
But there are truths demanding our attention that go far beyond these every day matters of life.
What we believe these truths to be, and how we incorporate them into our lives have critical value not just in our time here on earth, but also into eternity.
What do we believe about God?
Is there a man upstairs? And if there is what is he like? Is he interested in us? Does he have a plan or are we on our own? Do we live and die and that’s it…
What do we believe about Jesus?
Son of God, prophet or just a good man who said a lot of really wise things.
Did he really come to save us or is John 3:16 just a slogan we see on a sign at a football game?
What do we believe about the end of the world?
Antichrist, 666, Revelations,is there a finite length to its existence? Will it end by a Zombie apocalypse, or some other type of apocalyptic event? And if and when it does what then?
What do we believe the source of the conflict is that we see in our world? War, poverty, hatred, injustice that rages in so many places in so many ways. Are we aware of an entity, a being that is behind the pain, suffering and injustice we see? (Spoiler alert it is not zombies, vampires, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump).
What do we believe in heaven and hell?
And the list goes on and on.
Several years ago I felt the need to write down the things I believe.The things that I believe are without a doubt 100% true.
At the top of the list
“I believe good always wins in the end”
Why do I believe this?
A.W. Tozer wrote “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us”.
When I think about God I am convinced God is good.
Psalms 119:68 reads
“You (God) are good and what you do is good”
And because He is God and good, good will win in the end.
And everything else I believe the important truths rest on this foundation.
God is good and does good.
He wants us to trust regardless of what we see that would tell us otherwise, that He is in control. That He does care for you and for me. and that is good.
He wants us to know that Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem to accept the weight and penalty of our sins, and die in our place for them. And after rising on the third day He destroyed the power of sin and death. Really, really good!
He wants us to know that the end of the world and life as we know it will come at a time He has already decided. And while that will not be a good day for those who choose to ignore Him, it will be the beginning for all who love Him. That is very, very good.
He wants us to know that despite all the evil we see in our world a day is coming when everything will be set right.
There is no war, between good and evil, the war has been won.
What we see is a rebellion against the Victor and that will be dealt with in due time.
He wants us to know there is heaven, and sadly though never intended for those created in His image, there is a hell.
He wants us to know He has done everything necessary short of tampering with our will, to prevent anyone from winding up there.
And even to this day September 4th 2016 He is withholding His wrath that all might have a chance to be saved.
Because God is good and does good, wants good for all.
We can trust in His goodness intended for a world that is desperately in need of the good He offers.
If I could challenge you to do one thing today it would be this.
Ask yourself what you think about God.
Is He good or do you think of Him as something else?
How you answer that question changes everything.
But He is good and He does good. And He wants good for you!
september 4 2016