As Christians, we believe so many different things about what God’s Word is really saying. The way we personally interpret various parts of it differs greatly. Have you ever stopped to consider this – What do your beliefs say about God? Who do they make Him out to be? How do they cause Him to appear to those around you?
Do your beliefs make God seem like who He really is, or someone that He is not? Is it possible that in your zeal and enthusiasm, you may be painting a picture of God that reveals something other than His true colors?
If you were honest with yourself, how do your beliefs portray God? As the loving, gracious, and forgiving Heavenly Father that He is? Or do they portray Him as more of a cold and distant Sovereign, a harsh and stern Judge, ready to condemn all who are even remotely deserving, or an avenging Ruler who strikes down those who dare to arose His wrath?
If your beliefs tend to represent Him more like the latter, how can you possibly expect anyone around you to want anything to do with Him? And how can you expect to ever really get close to Him yourself?
The truth is, some of our beliefs represent God very poorly, and reflect on Him in a very negative way. This can have a crippling effect on our relationship with Him, and make it difficult for others to want to come to Him.
Let’s stop believing in a manner that portrays God negatively. Let’s not allow our beliefs to undermine an understanding of His love, goodness, or grace.
What do your beliefs say about God? What kind of a picture do they paint of Him? How does this impact yourself, and those around you?
Week 19 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Acts 16-20. These chapters speak of the ministry of the Apostle Paul.
Acts 17:10-12 speaks of the Berean Jews, declaring them to be of more noble character than those in Thessalonica. They received Paul’s message eagerly, and studied the Scriptures daily to see if what he said was true. Many of them believed, as a result.
Like the Jews from Berea, it behooves us to take what others are telling us concerning God’s Word, and study it out for ourselves. It is vital that we have a firsthand knowledge of God’s Word, and base our beliefs upon what it says, rather than simply accepting every teaching we hear at face value.
What we believe about God – about who He is, and how we are to relate to Him – is very important. Our beliefs are the driving force that determines the course of our lives. They can be the difference between living a life of fear and defeat, and a life of freedom and victory. Considering this, it is of high importance that we spend time in the Word of God, which alone is truth (John 17:17), with the request to be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that we might know Him better (Ephesians 1:17).
Rather than simply accepting everything we hear, let’s take what we are told, and study it in God’s Word for ourselves, allowing ourselves to be taught by the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13). It is a privilege to be able to enter into relationship with our Heavenly Father. Let’s take time to invest in that relationship, getting to know Him better through the pages of His inspired Word (2 Timothy 3:16)!