Don’t Tell Me You Believe . . .

Please, don’t tell me you believe in God, because I have no idea what that means. Even James was confused about that one! James wrote, “So you believe in God, whoop-ti-do! So do all the devils in hell and they shudder in terror!

When you say you believe in something, whatever it is, you are simply saying that you accept that it is true . . . for instance, you might believe it is going to rain. Okay, it might rain, but in your opinion, it is going to rain. Now, if it doesn’t rain, I suppose it really doesn’t matter, it simply means that you took your umbrella out for no reason. No big deal.

But Bible-type of believing is far more than merely accepting something as being true. It is surrendering your life to it. It is giving your whole life to the reality of your belief? Oh, not just in words but in your daily life. It is allowing it to affect your words, your values, how you treat people you meet. It is living life with an unquenchable thirst; of pursuing Living Water above all of the substitutes out there. It is waking in the morning and continuing throughout the day in a love affair with your Savior. It is living with your Savior on your mind when you fall asleep and when you wake up in the Morning. It is allowing the Bread of Life to nourish your soul.

Believing is trusting in, clinging to, and relying on your God and His Christ so much so that you are willing to give your whole life to His cause. It is where nothing in this world is more important than anything this world can offer, and has become your Treasure in Heaven. It is where no fear in your heart is greater than your fear of your God. It is where you desire nothing more than you desire all of your God. It is realizing that there are no words that can describe what your God has done in your heart.

So let me ask you, do you believe the message of Christ, but live as if He doesn’t exist? What is it that is separating you from a wholly surrendered, Spirit-filled, Kingdom-driven life? Weigh your options: Life as it is . . . or as it could be.

Consider the costs. Do whatever it takes. Step across the line, and enter into True Christianity.

Nickolas

With these Morning Messages, I take you on guided tours to, as Bunyan described, the Celestial City. At times we linger at corners familiar and unseen. And explore the depths of our faith along the way.

The trail is long, but there’s no hurry. Though we do need to stock up on supplies for the way, and that’s where I need your help. If you enjoy these messages, please consider becoming a contributing member of this tour group. It will be very much appreciated.

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