Monday, October 18, 2010

The Power of Belief

Wow...  God has been speaking to me tonight.  I woke up at 4am and realized the power of belief.

Have you ever wanted to do something but in your thoughts you defeated yourself before you ever got started?  Or am I the only one?  Have you ever had the opportunity to move to a new level in your walk with God or in a role you have, and you got scared?  Your thoughts then moved to self-protection or self-awareness and you knew that you really could not really do what you hoped to do? 

Like write a book.  Like get married.  Like lead a ministry.  Like really live a victorious and powerful Christian life. Like move away from a self-defeating, joyless Christian life?   Like so many many things. 

I write these posts, one, because I am learning myself and it helps to write.  But I'm also writing because I think that what God is teaching me is true and it encourage you too.  If you have gotten stuck along the way, or if you have been walking in these truths and walking by faith yet feel alone. I think we can help each other. We can encourage eachother in the faith. I think our lives will be richer for it.

I had lived a self-defeated life for so long as a Christian that I'm really motivated now, even if I'm just really learning to write, to proclaim the reality of freedom and joy in Christ. Because I believe the reality that we can live in Christ is powerful and abundant and we settle for so much less.  I believe it's true for me and I believe it's true for you.  I believe that as we walk in Truth, we will walk free and powerful lives in Christ.  I believe we are designed to live this way.

Fleshly, earthbound thoughts can try to hold us back.  But do they have the power to hold us back?  No, they don't because we have been set free from the power of sin and death through Jesus Christ.  We are alive from the Dead.  We have been raised from the Dead in Christ.  We live because He lives in us.  We have been resurrected in Christ through the power of His resurrection.  And we live in Him. 

I write because God has just brought me through 5 days where I was letting my soul speak to me with earth bound thoughts and my body followed those thoughts and I began to feel like I could never do all I hoped to do.  And what I realized -- again -- tonight is that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  I am not defeated.  The Word of God does not lie. 

As I have been focusing on the Truth, I can actually feel life flow through me again and joy and power.  It's that simple, yet i struggled for five days.  The power of belief.  And not just the power of belief, but the belief in the reality that is really true because God says it's true.  It's not just believing anything.  It's believing God because what He said is true.

So I hope that in some way this message encourages you.  And you will in turn encourage me and others.  We can encourage each other to walk free lives in Christ.  I am learning. It has helped me to live it and walk through it.  And I share it in hope that it might help you in your journey to live it or continue to live it too. If you have floundered along the way, or felt stuck, I have felt that way too.  And we can walk through it together and experience the power of who we are in Christ. We can share in the mystery of God together and learn to walk by faith as the body of Christ.

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