It is much easier to say we believe something than it is to live it sometimes. We all say we trust God, or love our spouses, but do our actions continually support our verbal claims? According to the Bible, faith in Jesus Christ goes beyond mental assent; it is an unshakable belief of the mind and the heart: a complete, unwavering commitment to Him as our Lord and Savior.
Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute joins us this morning to discuss the importance of living what we claim to believe.
Part of today’s discussion included the following points:
When our heart and actions do not line up with our words…
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
- “Belief” is from the Greek word pistis: “persuaded, moral conviction, assurance, fidelity”
- It goes beyond intellectual assent.
- It is a total conviction of the mind and heart.
“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” James 2:19
- “Christianity” has been reduced to believing that God exists and that Jesus died on the cross.
- Biblical Christianity is realizing our total dependence on God.
- A surrender of my will to His will.
“Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” John 20:24-25
- We criticize Thomas for his lack of faith, yet are guilty of a lack of faith every day.
- We doubt God’s promises when life is tough.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7
- When faced with a problem do we first turn to our human cunning and understanding or lean on God?
- How much worry and stress do we put ourselves through when we do not trust Him?
Verbally stating our beliefs, but our actions contradict them
- The contradiction between our stated belief and our actions that belie those beliefs causes great stress.
- We are “double-minded” as James wrote.
- Our prayers are hindered.
- Our witness for Jesus is tarnished and doubted.