All of the things that we discussed in the last few days have one thing in common- the need to believe.
Experience may have taught us that going into a relationship without trust and belief can be very problematic. These two things need to be established at the very beginning of the relationship. Can you imagine committing to a relationship with someone that you don’t trust?
For us, Salvation is the first commitment into a long life relationship with Christ. It’s a relationship that Christ asks us for, and we commit by saying “yes”.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom 10:9)
But saying “yes” to Christ cannot just be lip service. Like any relationship, when we say “yes” to Him we are saying “I am willing to trust you”, “I believe in the work you did for me on Calvary and I am totally ready to commit to you”. In saying “yes” to Christ we not only declare with our mouths, but we believe in our hearts whatever He says and whatever He promises us.
Now, many of us have a problem with believing in people. People have made promises and have broken them. There have been experiences where trust was lost and they have hindered us from opening up to others in the future. We do this to safeguard ourselves from being hurt, and that’s understandable. But many times, in shutting people out, we also shut Christ out. It’s subtle, because we’ve never seen Him and so we don’t really feel the impact of shutting Him out. But somehow, the enemy convinces us that we also can’t trust this Jesus and God that we haven’t even seen. And just like the rest of people who have hurt us, we place God and the rest of the Trinity in the same boat. Why do I say that?
When you have a good relationship with a friend, you are likely to do three things.
1. talk to them
2. boast about them
3. bring them into your private space (e.g. your home, your heart, etc)
But when the friendship goes sour, you do the reverse:
1. you stop talking to them
2. you stop boasting/ talking positively about them
3. you shut them out of your space.
Why? Because you stop believing in them.
Does that sound like our relationship with Christ? That’s how subtle it is to stop believing in Him.
The Holy Spirit has been challenging me in this area. He showed me that there have been times when people have hurt us, and we’ve allowed those sour relationships to dictate our relationship with Christ. As a result, there are parts of us that have stopped believing in Him even though we’re saved. There are even times when we feel like God has hurt us because we haven’t seen Him answer a prayer, or do something we thought He should do. And so we pray, but we don’t really believe that He will answer. Sometimes we even stop talking to Him. We’ve stopped talking about Him the way we used to. We’ve cut Him out of our private spaces.
At the beginning of this week, I had no idea what God was doing when He took me back to the Cross. But I now submit to you that if we do not totally believe in the Christ that came to give us a better, victorious life, we also cannot receive from God the things that He has for us. An atmosphere of faith must be established so that God can move. Hebrews 11:6 says
“they that cometh to God MUST BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
We have to believe. I have had to deal with this in my own life, because although I said “yes” to Christ long ago, there are times the rest of me says “no”.
As a Christian, your mouth must have declared that you believe Jesus Christ is Lord. But now it’s time for the rest of you (your heart, your mind and your will) to say “yes”. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Does my heart believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He was raised from the dead?
2. Does my mind believe that Jesus Christ is Lord?
3.Is my will totally surrendered to the belief of my mind and heart that Jesus Christ is Lord?
When these three parts of you can align with what you’ve said with your mouth (that Jesus is Lord), you will have activated an atmosphere of Faith that is ready for God to move greatly in your life.
Pray for your mind, heart and will to align with the salvation of your mouth.