The power of Belief.
Throughout the world you see people in prison of their own beliefs. Beliefs and traditions that have been carried over from one generation to the next. These beliefs are restrictive, destructive and abuse the image of God’s creation.
Yet there are some beliefs taught in the Bible that liberates and frees us, to become exactly what we have been created for.
13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Th 2:13–17)
Our faith is rooted in one person – Jesus Christ Rom 10:9-10
“Believe in Him whom He send” John 6:28-29
He is our Focus, our means, the outcome and sum of all things. He is our cause. He is our Life! He is the way! He is the Truth. He is our vision. He is our mission! He is the reason we live. He is our method! He is our example and role model, our Hero! We study His life, His character, values and mindsets. He is perfection! He is the ultimate price and achievement. We are the most fulfilled in life, when we are the most Christ-like.
The two most important and vital beliefs in our Christian walk is:
1) The belief of how we suppose to gain access to God – Righteousness
2) The belief of of what God has called you to be – Calling
Religion offers thousand of ways, methods, and steps to become right with God. How to be really close and intimate, resulting in His favor and approval, and blessing. We need His forgiveness. We need Him! Our being hungers for Him. Religion feeds on this desire, yet imprison us with methods and systems, works and performance remaining outside working to get in.
Jesus offered a whole new approach – I am the way, I did all the works, I paid the price, I got it right perfectly so that through faith in Me, you can receive the gift of righteousness. The gift of entry. The gift of approval, acceptance and legitimacy.
Jesus began to tell them it is really impossible to achieve righteousness – Mat 5:20 Exceed the works of the scribes and Pharisees? But there is no one that tries so hard to be right than those guys?
Then Jesus put the priorities straight – Seek ye first the Kingdom and His Righteousness… then all things… Mat 6:33
Attaining righteousness is not about works, methods, and fulfilling religious rites. Rom 8:17
It is he who believes, not work that attain His righteousness – Rom 4:5
It is a gift – Rom 5:17
Obeying and following Him, made us slaves of righteousness – Rom 6:16-19
Awake to righteousness – 1 Cor 15:34
Make you calling and election sure – 2 Pet 1:10 then you will not stumble. Adam and Eve stumbled because they did not see their calling. They did not know who they were called/destined to be. Esau sold his birthright for food, not knowing, not believing the call of God on His life.
It is a holy Calling – 2 Tim 1:9
May God enlighten the eyes of your understanding to see the hope of His calling – Eph 1:18
The gifts and calling of God is irrevocable Rom 11:29 God does not give it and then take it back.
An orphan child adopted struggles most with believing he or she is a son and daughter of the house. The struggle believing that they are legitimate. They harbor a deep-rooted sense of unworthiness, worthlessness, and inferiority. This deep-rooted belief causes offense and alienation. It seeks proof that the adoption is not real, authentic. That this is all a dream. You need to fight for yourself.
Keeping your position in the midst of persecution, temptation, troubles, tribulation, test and trials is not easy! It is a battle of beliefs. What do you really believe?