Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Shelly Says ~ "Believe God"

He is true.

He is right.

He is waiting for us not just to believe in Him but believe Him: Believe His Word.

I believe that in order to believe God (not just believe in Him), we have to read His word and then live like we believe it. We have to experience God.

Here's an example: Growing up, I believed in my parents. I believed in the fact that they had authority over me and were in charge of my upbringing. I believed in the promise they made to protect and help me through life. I also believed in the fact that they would punish me for disobedience.

It's one thing to know and/or hear that these things are so. It's a whole other to actually see them happen.

It was my experiences with my parents that caused me to actually believe what they said. They showed me love as they cared for and nurtured me. I believed they loved me. When I disobeyed, I was punished. The actual occurrences in which I experienced the punishments caused me to believe them when they said I was going to get a spanking.

I think our relationship with God is very similar.

It's often easy to believe in God when we simply obtain head knowledge of Him.

It's often hard to believe God if we don't experience Him and know in our hearts that He is who He says He is.

You might know in your head (believe in) that Jesus came to set the captives free, but you might not believe Him until you allow Him to set you free.

Will you give Him access to you heart? Will you surrender so you can be set free?

Here's a prayer that may help as you Stop, Drop and Pray today. It's from Psalm 139:

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way


  1. As with all of Beth Moore's writings, there are so many times when I am ..... busted! I absolutely believe in God, but do I really believe Him and allow that to shape my everyday life and the way I interact with the world. Lord I love you and I will honor you by showing that belief through my actions and reactions!

  2. Me, too, JBM... BUSTED! ; ) I had a Bible Study Girl write me via e-mail today to share that her toes were getting stepped on a little by the readings. So, you're not alone.

    Thank you for being open and honest!

  3. Well, I was behind and now I realize I am ahead in the reading... One thing that hit me last evening and I shared with a friend today is that I want God's will for my life, but I don't know that I am seeking His will. I want to know His plan, now I must do a better job of seeking it - through this study, prayer, etc... Patience is a real challange for me. I am not sure what lead to that aha, but something in the reading clicked. Now to do something about it... Love you guys!

  4. LOL Cathy : )

    I know that feeling all too well. Thank you for that reminder to SEEK His will. A life of piety, study and action will help ; )