As I heard recently on Southland’s Defined podcast for women (you can listen to all of Southland’s podcasts here), there is a difference between believing in God and believing God. The book of James tells us that even the demons believe in God. They believe He exists. Believing God exists is a great start, but to really have a relationship with the Lord, we have to move toward believing what He says.
Our culture has tried to hijack our faith in so many ways. Here are some common examples where believers in God don’t always believe what He says:
The Bible is God’s inerrant Word. 2 Timothy 3:16
All religions do not lead to salvation. Acts 4:12
We are inherently sinful, and we have no hope apart from Jesus. Romans 3:23
Jesus lived a sinless life. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus’ death on the cross is the sacrifice for our sins. Romans 5:8-11
We are saved by God’s grace, not our good works. Ephesians 2:8-9
God offers salvation to everyone who is willing to receive it! 2 Peter 3:9
This is far from an exhaustive list, but these are important points to think about. Only believing the parts of the Bible you like is not believing God. Believing there are other ways to God besides Jesus is not believing God. Believing that most people are good in and of themselves or that we can be good enough to earn a spot in Heaven is not believing God. Believing that Jesus was a sinner, or that His death isn’t what makes salvation possible, is not believing God.
God is righteous... and our only hope for righteousness is through our faith in Jesus.
Are there any areas where you have been hesitant to believe what God says? Don’t be afraid to have a conversation and learn! Reach out to me or any of our staff. We would love to talk with you.