What Do You Believe?
Today I was going to write about bringing everything to the feet of Jesus. Matthew 15:30 says, “Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.” He healed them, no matter what their ailment! He healed every last one of them! So today I was going to write about how we can bring every last one of our problems to the feet of Jesus, because no problem is too big for our God. But then I read this verse:
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“‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am’.” – Matthew 16:15.
I can publish journal entries each morning and do my best to share with you the awesomeness of God. I can speak life and love and power and peace until I am blue in the face.
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But when it comes down to it, what really matters is what you believe. Who do you say that Jesus is? When you are honest with yourself, when you search deep in your heart, what do you believe? Do you just believe in Jesus because that is what you were told? Or do you believe because in God because eternity is a better option than hell? Or do you really want to believe, but struggle a little with your faith? And if we do believe, do we limit God and what He can do?
It’s alright to admit it. God knows we’re not perfect. He knows exactly what is going on inside of our hearts and minds. And nothing is hidden from Him. God knows that I am far from perfect, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. That doesn’t stop me from striving to improve myself, my relationships, and my faith. I’m at a much different and better place in my walk with Christ than I was a few years ago. And I know that I will be in a much better place in a few more years.
And so can we all. No matter where we are in life, we can always draw closer to Jesus. If there is a little doubt, or a ton of doubt, God is still here for us, ready to welcome us home. We just have to seek Him, and little by little He will strengthen our faith.
It’s kind of like going to the gym or working out though. Our spiritual muscles take time to develop, just like our bodies, and just like our minds, we need to work them out. We can increase our faith by taking our spiritual muscles to church, by studying the Word, and through prayer and meditation and praise. And over time we will start to discover spiritual muscles that we never knew that we had. We will start to see things we’ve never seen, and understand things that were previously hidden. And the flood gates of God’s awesomeness will be opened up and overwhelm us like a flood.
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And when we are asked, “Who do you say that I am?”… we will know exactly who He is!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. We seek you first and foremost every day. Draw us close to you Lord, and give us a heart to know you more. Give us a heart to want to be closer to you than ever before. Help us to trust in your Lord. Help our unbelief Lord. Build our faith so that when we are asked, we know exactly who You are. And we know exactly whose we are! We are children of the most high God, created in His image, and filled with the Holy Spirit, beautifully and wonderfully made. Purify us from all that weighs us down and holds us back. Fill us with all of your goodness. Make us new, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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