We are the Sum of Our Beliefs
We all believe a conglomeration of statements that make up our lives. We are the sum of our beliefs. We think and act certain ways because of them. Change our beliefs and our lives will change with them. Because our beliefs underscore all we do and who we are, God wants to instill His truths in every recess of our souls; truths that bring true life. He asks only that we abide in His Word, the Bible, to allow an opportunity for those truths to come in. When we do then He will work His truths in our lives and we will begin to experience true life.
The inter-working of His Word, Spirit and our lives is what implodes His truth into our souls. You can read a passage or verse a hundred times but then one day it is unveiled to you. For the first time you understand spiritually what it is saying and the truth becomes your own. What changed? The Word remains sealed until the Spirit unveils it to us and we are ready to experience its truth in our lives. What makes us ready for our beliefs to be altered? I can think of at least three things; a surrendered life, a prepared mind, and an accurate viewpoint.
First is surrender. If we hold on to our beliefs, we will miss out on the truth. We have to be willing to give them up because many are full of lies that hinder God’s truth from making its home in us. If we believe one thing we won’t believe another. That is the whole idea of a belief. Once we dive into God’s Word with a willingness to put our ideas aside and learn from Him then we will start to unlearn all the lies we held and His truth will replace them. And there isn’t one aspect of our lives His truth won’t cover.
Second is preparation. We learn His truth one layer at a time, precept upon precept, and it is orchestrated with the events in our lives. God determines what and when we learn His truths. Only He can unseal the Word while at the same time orchestrating our circumstances for those truths to move in. Our part is to prepare our minds by abiding in His truth, if we don’t then we are keeping the door closed to His truth penetrating and changing our lives. Abiding means we are in the Word on a daily basis with a will to believe.
Third is an accurate viewpoint. If we believe the Bible is just a text book full of stories and parables to instruct us how to live and who Jesus is we miss the point and it is no different than any other book written by man. But if we believe that is a living Spirit, that abiding in it is more like a relationship than reading a book, and that its words have power to penetrate our lives then this faith enables it to pierce our souls.
For lack a surrendered soul, insufficient preparation, and faulty viewpoint, people can be well versed in the Word, like the Pharisees, and yet miss it altogether. All they will see is the physical layer and the deep spiritual truths that bring power, freedom, and true life remain hidden. Our lives are the sum of our beliefs.
Pursue your God in His Word; believe in the Spirit’s ability to teach you; and surrender your soul to discover Him and true life.
August 5, 2008 at 6:59 am
A surrendered soul is just what the Lord is looking to use, I can see how mighty he is using you to bring enlightment to his word and bring us to a depth we never would see until we let him have his way in our lives. I continue to find the hidden treasures as I go deeper into his word and through reading posts such as yours. I also wanted to say Hello *smile*
August 5, 2008 at 3:48 pm
Hebrews 6:1 :: King James Version (KJV)
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
The Word of God tells us that we are not to stand still in our faith. Some of us keep going over and over, time after time, the first principles of the oracles of God.
You know, being saved, repenting of sins, baptism in water and in the Holy Ghost, laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead and eternal judgement.
Which are all very necessary things, but now it is time to move on, for our foundation has been laid.
The Bible teaches that we do not need to be taught again and again but it is time to teach others, so that we, who are mature in faith, may come into a much closer walk with Christ. This we will do if God permits, as the word of God says.
August 7, 2008 at 9:42 am
Rachel, Thank you for your prayers my sister, I have an update on my blog. I just want you to know how much of an encouragement you are to me.
August 10, 2008 at 3:52 am
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December 2, 2011 at 10:24 am
Hey Rachel, second paragraph -for five years I ask God for understanding of His two wittnesses, then one day,while studying another topic, like a flash of light it was very plain, then I ask God why I could not see it before? During meditation of study, it was as if God spoke directly to the mind,”I had to know many other truths before I could comprehend the two wittnesses!” -Both old &new testemint says “when you are taught by God you need no other teacher” Yet, we are not to “foresake the assembly of thy selves” I have tryed this in the flesh-church & always knew something was greatly out of place or missing. Now assembling in the Spirit I know all that I read is not truth, but, not a lie ether, for I know Jesus is in our mist & is not going to allow us to continually go without truth in subject.
December 5, 2011 at 10:59 am
Hi Eldon, exactly what I’ve found. We don’t understand because we have to learn another truth first, because it is all connected and we need the right framework by which to read a passage by. When the Holy Spirit gives us the right framework then all fits in place. Truly amazing to learn of God. How perfect His instruction is as it correlates with our life experiences. When you are truly trusting God to teach you, you can trust He will not let us continue down the wrong path, for that is why He gave us the Holy Spirit in the first place. However, if we trust in another person we don’t have that same assurance.
April 25, 2015 at 9:29 am
Great exhortation. Thanks be to God! Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:03:23 +0000 To: email@example.com