“But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” James 2:18-19
There is a difference in knowing about God — facts about Him; believing He exists — and knowing and believing IN Him. Submitting to His ways. Putting our faith and trust in Him as our Lord and Savior. We can believe our cell phone is a real thing that performs all of these useful functions, but we don’t believe it will save us.
Without a solid view of who God is we won’t ever fully submit to Him, or put much stock in who He says we are or what path He says we should be on. We can only go through the motions for so long over something we don’t genuinely believe. Without a firm footing, we will fall away easily when challenged. And this world is full of attempts to challenge our beliefs.
We often spend more time on our response to God than our relationship with God. But it is far more valuable to focus on WHO GOD IS than what we can or should be doing for Him. Because once our view of Him is right, the rest will follow…. naturally and wholeheartedly. It doesn’t mean we know and understand everything. No one does, or will, on this side of Heaven. God is far too big for our simple understanding. But it does mean we believe IN HIM, and we believe HIM. We choose HIM to be our counselor and guide.
Do you have a BIG view of God…that He is powerful, holy, good, in control, able, mighty, consistent, righteous, merciful, loving?
Do you believe He is who He says? That He keeps His promises? That He can do what He says He will do? Do you believe God created you and has good plans in store for you?
Do you believe that God is big enough to guide you, handle your burdens, forgive your sins, give you peace, have your good in mind, care about what happens to you?
WHATEVER is going on in your life, God is big enough- do you believe this? Do you choose God to be YOUR Lord and Savior?
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