This is a real conversation that took place about a week before Christmas. I was sitting at a table at a birthday party waiting for my daughter, when a lady friend that I have known a little while started talking to me.
Friend: “Hi, Denise, how are you?”
Me: “Everything is going pretty good. Thanks for asking.”
Friend: “How is your Christmas going?”
Me: “Surprisingly, I almost have everything done….”
And before I could get another word in, she continued.
Friend: “Oh, of course you do! You seem like the kind of person who never stresses over anything.”
In my head, I’m thinking. What!? But before I could reply she continued…..
“You must really believe the things in the bible to be true. You know, like when it says, we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.”
I was thinking “Huh?” Doesn’t every believer believe the word of the bible to be true. Isn’t this the very basis of our faith that God is who He says He is, and He did the things He said He did?
As I walked away from that conversation, those 3 words echoed in my mind. Do I believe? Does my very life reflect that I believe Jesus is Lord of my life. When people look at me, do they see the light of Jesus? Do I believe God’s word when it says:
I am set apart for Him- Psalm 4:3
I can do all things through Him- Phil. 4:13
I’m not to be anxious for nothing- Phil. 4:6
He who began a good work will continue it- Phil. 1:6
I am a new creation in Him- 2 Cor. 5:8
He has not given me the Spirit fear- James 1:7
If Christ set me free, I am free indeed- John 8:36
Her statement took me by surprise, so I didn’t really give a response. So friend if you read this, please know that I would first like to say…. I do not have it all together. Infact, this was the first Christmas in a long time, I haven’t been stressed. Yeah! I know!
The truth is, I have to seek out God’s grace each and every day. I have to seek Him every minute of each day. With out Him working in me I can’t love the way He wants me to love. I can serve others the way He wants me to serve. I can do absolutely nothing in my own strength! One of my favorite verses, 1 Peter 5:6, says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” I know in the very core of my being I would not be able to accomplish anything without the power of God working inside of me. I ran across these words in one of my daily devotionals: You will only trust God has as much as you love Him. Ouch!
I’m going to let these words “Do I Believe” echo in my mind as I begin to walk into 2011. My question for you is: Do you believe?
If you don’t know the above verses, I would challenge you to get them under your belt. Remember the truth can set you free.
Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).