Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts’. Belief is a topic that many of us can be skeptical to talk about as we don’t all believe the same way or in the same things. But we all exercise a level of ‘belief’ even if we don’t think we do. And we all have various levels of belief. We can’t say we don’t ‘believe’ because every day every moment we are exercising choices of belief.
Belief is seen in many ways, we believe that the alarm is going to go off every morning to wake us up for work, or every time we turn a switch on the lights will come on, or water is going to come out every time we turn on the facet. We exercise belief in our lives all day long.
Hebrews 1:3) says, By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. So believing is not just a matter of agreeing that we all believe, but what and who do we believe in?
How important is it to have faith? Where do we find a faith strong enough to make it through the storms of life? Peter (the Apostle) knew how important faith is and he gives us a great picture of faith, a faith that we can go deeper (an anchor for out soul) a faith that will hold us steady during the storms of life. Faith is of the heart (human spirit) and not merely head knowledge (human reason). Simply agreeing that God exists and that his Word is true is not Biblical faith. The definition of ‘Biblical faith’ is “trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove.”
Many people will intellectually agree with the facts the Bible declares about Jesus. But knowing those facts to be true is not what the Bible means by “faith.” The biblical definition of faith requires intellectual assent to the facts and trust in the facts. Believing that Jesus is God incarnate who died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and was resurrected is not enough. Even the demons “believe” in God and acknowledge those facts (cf. James 2:19). We must personally and fully rely on the death of Christ as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
We all have stormy trials and difficulties that we encounter throughout our life. We can’t escape them but when those times are upon us “who do we cry out to”? In those times when there is nothing we can do or anyone left to turn to we turn to God. We look to Him for deliverance and answers that we cannot find anywhere else. But there is a deeper faith available to us through the person of Jesus Christ who provides (an anchor for our soul) . He is the answer! He is our deliverer and helper in times of need. He loves you!