The question “are you a believer?” could go several different ways. I see that. It could be “do you believe in God?” – Do you think or know there is a Supreme Being with a plan for your life? It could also be “are you a follower of Christ?” – Have you given your heart, mind, and body over to the plans and purposes of God?
But my intent was this: Do you believe God is a promise keeper? Do you believe God has good things He wants to give you?
His Word is full of promises for you. Here are just a few of the things the Promise Keeper wants to give you:
Do you believe Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Do you believe He is always with you, going through the trials and pressures with you? He was in the furnace fire with the Hebrew boys (Daniel 3:25), and He is with you through every decision, every struggle, every hard choice, and every harsh accusation. He will do whatever He can to protect you and guide you (Exodus 14:14) into the way of truth and life. He understands the hardships and strains and challenges of daily life on earth (Hebrews 4:15), and He wants to be your tour guide and close companion through each day.
Do you believe 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 – “8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” Do you believe that through the hard moments He can actually make you stronger, wiser, and better? Trials create a core of endurance (James 1:3 calls it patience), which leads to hope and confidence in Him who walks with us (Romans 5:3-5). He is the God of comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3) who wants to help us manage the stresses, pressures, and struggles of life (Matthew 11:28-30) and trade our weaknesses and efforts for His strength (Isaiah 40:28-31). He strengthens and upholds us (Isaiah 41:10) as we walk, we question, we doubt, we struggle, and eventually we stand.
Do you believe Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” Do you believe that He forgives you freely and unconditionally of your sins? Do you believe that once you confess and repent that He forgets them (Psalm 103:12)? Do you believe that God can “redeem your life from destruction” (Psalm 103:4) of your choices, your selfishness, and your self-righteousness? God wants to replace your sin-driven, selfish heart with a new one focused on His way and His will (Ephesians 4:21-24).
Do you believe Psalm 1:1-3 – “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” Do you believe you can be blessed? Do you believe that God wants to pour out favor on your life? Do you believe that blessing isn’t based on your performance or your past? He took care of Israel every day for 40 years as they wandered the wilderness (Deuteronomy 2:7), blessing them with all needed provision and protection. He wants to bless you beyond your wildest imaginations (Ephesians 3:20), so that blessings chase you down and “overtake you” (Deuteronomy 28:2-13). He wants to give you what you desire (Psalm 37:4) and fulfill your dreams. He wants to give you good things (Matthew 7:11). Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that God is a rewarder to the faithful.
Do you believe 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Do you believe that the Word is for you, to equip you and prepare you for the opportunities He will send your way? Do you believe that part of how He prepares you is to call you into the unknown, to encourage you outside of your comfort zone (Luke 5:4)? We all have a ministry, a group of people put into our life for us to affect as we share His love (Matthew 5:13-16), and his Word teaches us how to love them.
Do you believe 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Do you believe God has called you be fearless? Do you believe God looks at you and sees a warrior for His purposes (Judges 6:12)? God is talking to you, guiding you, and helping you. He’s calling you to be fearless because He is with you, wherever you go, whatever you do, and whoever you encounter (Joshua 1:9). He has given you a divine peace (John 14:26) that surpasses human comprehension and explanation (Philippians 4:7), a peace that eradicates all areas and specks of fear.
Do you believe John 8:32 – “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Do you believe that you can spend time with God and begin to see with His perspective? Do you believe that you can look at your failures, insecurities, mistakes, and weaknesses through the lens of His love – and find freedom and joy? God wants us to hold all things up to the mirror of truth, His Word, that will divide the false from the truth (Hebrews 4:12). He wants us to find complete freedom (John 8:36) so we can live life fully devoted to Him.
Do you believe Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Do you believe that God can bring good and glory out of your darkest moments, deepest hurts, and desperate emotions? Joseph saw this, and it was the testimony of his life that his trials were God ordained to get him to the place of Egyptian governor to save many lives (Genesis 50:20). It was the song of David, who proclaims in Psalm 37:23-24 that God ordained his life path and upheld him through all the difficult times. It was the glory of Esther, who had to choose whether to defend her faith or allow her people to be annihilated (Esther 4:14).
These are just a few of the things I believe. What do you believe?
Marie Fremin, 8/29-8/30/15