Believing in God is the best thing that has happened to me. It has been a great adventure with ups and downs but the ups make up for the downs all the time. I am learning a lot and I will be a student for life but one thing I am understanding more and more is that the Lord is active in our lives as much as we let Him be active. It has to do with faith and trust and with how close we are to Him. Being close to Jesus never meant believing in God before. Believing in God was more a ritualistic religion with many do’s and don’t’ stand. I was under the impression that God was a ruler who was far from us and I had to watch everything I said and I did. I was walking on eggshells with God. This is something I can’t imagine now. I can’t imagine tiptoeing around my God. I can’t hide from Him or be quiet around Him. Believing in God to me now means celebrating Him and being in contact with Him all day long.
God is always in the background and in the foreground. I put work into my relationship with Him and I make an effort to stay in sync with His Spirit. Believing in God to me is knowing that the Holy Spirit lives in me, it’s embracing Him and getting to know Jesus better through Him. I can’t conceive believing in God without the Holy Spirit. He is a fervent and active agent who promotes and magnifies Jesus. A life with God without the Holy Spirit is not satisfying. I have been there and I did not enjoy God. Today I want to encourage you to revisit what believing in God means to you. I want to encourage you to make sure that the Holy Spirit is a big part of the equation and Jesus is at the center of it all. I also want to encourage you to tear down the walls of traditions and beliefs that might present God as a far away God that you have to adore from a distance. Believing in God is being close to your Savior and striving to know Him the best you can.
Believing in God is not something laborious and strenuous. Like I pointed it earlier, it’s not always easy but it is the best thing that could happen to you. I am talking about believing in God and having an encounter with Jesus. That is what changed my vision of God and my connection with Him. Encountering Jesus takes on many forms but every form is orchestrated by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the key ingredient in our faith. He is the salt of the earth much more than we are and He is the fruit that makes life so much sweeter and better. Jesus sent His Spirit as a gift to us. Now, some people value humans more than the Holy Spirit and give them roles that appear to be superior than the Spirit of Jesus. Those people count on “those special humans” to connect them to God. We don’t need a go-between to reach the Lord.
Jesus is the bridge and the way. His Spirit makes Him more real and more accessible to us and that is where we should start. If you want to believe in God more, develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit. You can do that through daily communion and daily prayers. You don’t have to wait for Sunday to find the Spirit of God at the altar. He is present ever single day waiting for you to come to the altar and to worship Him. He is your liaison to the Father. He dwells in you. He is part of you and He desires to speak to you and through you. He is the One who motivates you to pray and to do all things that are about Jesus and that make you move forward spiritually. His fruit is amazing and He will always influence you in a positive way so that His fruit ripens in you.
Believing in God is your weapon against the enemy. Research what believing in God entails. Research in the Bible and find out what you can trust the Lord will do and who He is. It is interesting to see that we don’t believe in God fully because we don’t know Him well enough. We can only believe what we know. It sounds basic but it is a deep revelation. Our faith can only be as big as what we know. Faith is knowing God is active without a doubt. It is believing God is God but how much of God we understand does matter when it comes to faith. Imagine you have been trusting God for years. You are saved and you love the Lord.
Now, if someone asks you who God is to you and what you believe in. If you don’t spend time in the Word of God and if you don’t pray regularly, you will have a small God to talk about. You won’t be able to give specifics to the person who asked you. God is impossible to fully know and understand but we ought to be on the road to discovering Him more and more. Believing God is believing in His love that is out of His world and His miracles and powers. Those are just a few things we can believe in. Get to know God for yourself. Redefine your beliefs and sharpen your understanding of God. Rely on His Spirit daily and you will make great strides. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 56:3-4; Proverbs 29:25; 1 Thessalonians 2:13