This morning as I was reading in John chapter 5 I asked myself “Am I really living as though I believe? My immediate answer was “Yes! I believe.” But then I felt the Holy Spirit stir in my soul and ask again “Are you REALLY living as though you beleive? Again, I answered “Yes” but maybe with a little bit of hesitation.
At that point I felt like Peter when Jesus kept asking him “Do you love me”? I mean, I know I believe…but am I living like I believe. That’s the question. And it’s a hard question for me to answer honestly.
When I really started looking at the true answer to the question “Am I living as though I believe”, I had to be honest that many times I say I believe in a situation but then don’t act like I do. I’ll try to help God out by medling. So many times I’ll pray about something and give it to God but then instead of letting him deal with it, I feel like I’ve got to “do” something or “say” something. Instead of just leaving it alone and letting God work, I feel like I’ve got to do my part and help him out. Really???? Where do I get off thinking I need to help the God that created the universe!
But don’t we all do that from time to time? Don’t we all just dive right in to fix something we see needs to be fixed? Even when we’ve prayed about it and asked God’s help? I know I do. There are times when God will direct us to do or say something but many times he just wants us to ask him for help and trust him to take care of whatever it is we’ve asked for.
Are You A Fixer?
As I’ve told you before, I’m a fixer. Not because I think I’m that great but because I truly want to help people. But sometimes, I can get in God’s way and interfere with what he’s trying to do. One of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23a) is self-control. Ouch! Sometimes that one can be hard for me. Especially when it comes to controlling what I say. In my extremely transparent post “How To Learn To Control Your Mouth” I talk about how I struggle with this very thing. Thankfully, God is still working on me and I am making progress…but I’m far from perfect with it.
Living What You Believe
So what can we do to live as though we believe? First we have to know what we believe. As Christians we are supposed to let others see Christ in us through our words, actions and attitudes. If we truly love Christ and accepted him as Lord and Savior, we are to work every day to be more like him and to do that we have to obey what he says to do in his Word, the Bible. And in order to do that you’ve had to come to the conclusion the Bible is true and indisputable. So we’ve settled what we believe. But how do we live that out?
In the verse I read this morning in John 4:46-53 you see where the Governement official’s faith led him to ask Jesus to heal his son. He believed Jesus could do it but then he acted on that belief. You don’t see him worrying or going to find a doctor. You simply see him obey Jesus and head for home. And because of this his faith grew and that led to his whole family being saved! THAT’S how you live as though you believe.
Get Out Of God’s Way
As I’ve said before, so many times we want to help God out. We feel like we have to “do” something. But God doesn’t need our help. Just like the Roman Official in the verse above we simply need to bring our requests to God, believe that he will answer, and go on about our way and let him work. We all have a purpose for our lives but sometimes we can get off track and medle in things that only God can do. We can’t change people, we can’t make them believe as we do, all we can do is love them and let them see how Christ has changed us. Sometimes doing nothing is the best thing you can do. I’m learning to keep my mouth shut more and more…and for me, that’s HARD! I’m a teacher, I’m a fixer, I want to help people! But sometimes the best way I can help them is to shut up and show them the work God is doing in me.
How about you? Do you struggle with living as though you believe? Let me know if this has helped you by commenting below. And sign up for my emails so you won’t miss any new posts. Take care, my friends. Until next time…