5 Important Things I’ve Learned – #1

“Believe every word God speaks to you.”

In Hebrews 3:14-19 it says – “For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. But never forget the warning: ‘Today you must listen to his voice. Don’t harden your hearts against him as Israel did when they rebelled.’ And who were those people who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Weren’t they the ones Moses led out of Egypt? And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom was God speaking when he vowed that they would never enter his place of rest? He was speaking to those who disobeyed him. So we see that they were not allowed to enter his rest because of their unbelief.”

The very first thing that occurs when we are presented with the truth of salvation through Christ is that the Holy Spirit draws us to the Father, but then we must choose to believe. We must choose to believe not only that our sin separates from God, but that Jesus is our Savior – the one He claims to be.  The scriptures say that by believing . . . we are saved. (Romans 10:9)

But believing God doesn’t stop there.  Every day we must then continue to believe Him.  God is always speaking to us.  Do you remember the last thing He spoke to you; either through the scriptures, a spoken word through a friend, in nature, or through prayer?  Do you believe what He said?  So many times we hear God’s voice, acknowledge it, but don’t believe it in our hearts.  We write it off to “oh, that’s just me – wishful thinking” or “God couldn’t really want something that amazing for me.”  Unbelief is subtle.  It can creep in and rob you of an amazing testimony of God’s love and power in your life.  Remember Romans 10:9 – “if you confess with your mouth . . . and believe in your heart.”  When we choose to believe and take God at His word, then He is able to bring it to pass in our lives, and we are able to testify and speak of it to others.  An excellent reason for daily reading and study of your Bible; so that you can know what God has to say about a matter, believe that truth and speak of it.  This will keep unbelief from sabotaging your testimony, and your entrance into His promises for your life.

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