Believing God

Believing God

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

  1. intro –  i recently gave a message series on knowing god.  i am reading a book by beth moore titled “believing god” which gave me the inspiration for this follow up message.  is your spiritual life working, really working or are you just going through the motions? god’s intention is our spiritual lives to work, that is to produce the intended results. the lives of so many of god’s children are disfunctional.  the only way that we are going to impact the world is for our lives to work. does your family and people that you associate with every day see you as a godly person?  does your life manifest the fruit of the spirit spoken of in gal 5:22,23:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  i believe the key to victory is believing god! there is a difference in believing in god and believing god.  scriptures says that even demons believe and tremble.  many people believe in god but relatively few, even many christians don’t really believe what god says:  about himself, about what he can do, about who they are in christ and what god’s word can do in them.

 text: Isaiah 43:10, 11:   believing what god says will lead to a life of obedience, blessings, god’s favor and peace.

II.             god plan for us was for our lives to work; to give us success & prosperity

god gave joshua the keys to god’s blessing & success (josh 1:8 nkj)

often there often a huge gap between our theology & our reality

the church is pretending she is cloaked with kingdom power and the world is incredulous, laughing at us because of the gap between what we are saying and what they are seeing!

we have dumbed down nt christianity and have accepted our reality as theology rather than biblical theology as our reality

(beth felt god speak to her as she observed 4 ducks splashing in a mudhole, with a large pristine pond just over the hill

“ that’s my church . my blood-bought, spirit-promised church splashing in a mud puddle with a sea of living waters within reach”

 III.            we must believe that god is who he says he is

our text says “ i am he ; before me was no god formed..”

before god would do a new thing he often reminded his people of who he was:  Abraham: gen 15:7, 17:1-2, Moses   exod 3:6-8, 14

ps 100:3 “know that the lord (Jehovah) he is god” know that Jehovah (yhwh) our covenant maker is elohiym, the god over all creation.

in Matt 16:13 Jesus asked his disciples: “who do people say the son of man is?”  then he asked them “who do you say that i am”.

Paul spoke of those “HAVING a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2Timothy 3:5)

many theologians & philosophers would have us believe in lesser gods that are not the god of the bible.

 

  1. IV.            you must believe that god can do what he said he can dohe can do what he says he can do because he is who he says he is

    as a savior, he saves;  as a deliverer, he delivers; as redeemer, he redeems; as healer, he heals; as baptizer, he baptizes

    two diametrically opposed views are held in the church today with respect to faith & miracles:  cessationism & sensationalism

    one says that god doesn’t perform miracles any more; the other extreme says that god performs miracles at our whim

    in Luke 9:41 Christ called upon those without faith to believe in miracles “an unbelieving and perverse generation”

    in Matt 16:4 he called those who focused entirely on miracles a “wicked and adulterous generation”; they worship god’s wonders and miracles more than god himself.

IV.            you must believe that you are who god says you are

A.   for most of us this point presents a far greater challenge …

Beth Moore was victimized as a child, AS a teenager and young ADULT BEING full of insecurities, self destructive and tormented; full of self loathing; her addiction was being accepted, to prop up her low self esteem and self worth.

what she believed about herself made her an easy target:  it was like a red flag telling Satan, “hit her right here!”

she was high maintenance:  it took an omnipotent, loving god to keep her between the ditches

she told her staff if she died suddenly that “god got tired” should be engraved on her tombstone. i think we can relate!

B.   do you think that bible heroes ever had trouble believing that they were who god said they were

Moses is a dead give away: “who am i, that i should go to pharoah and bring the Israelite out of Egypt ” (ex 3:11); later he told god: “o lord, please send someone else to do it” (ex 4:13)

god told Joshua 3 times “be strong and courageous”.  why would god repeat this 3 times to a stalwart, confident, fearless leader?

numbers 13:8 Joshua is listed as “hoshea, son of nun”; Moses gave Joshua the name Joshua   hoshea means deliverer,  Joshua means Jehovah delivers.  if i were Joshua called to lead a grass hopper people into a land of giants to take there land i would want to know that Jehovah delvers.

what does god’s word say about you, as a born again christian

ephesians 1:3-8 nkjv: says We are chosen, redeemed, forgiven, adopted, favored and blessed.

Romans 4:1-5 nkjv: it was not Abraham’s works, but his faith that was credited to him for righteousness

Phi 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

His word is alive and active in you…He looks over his word to perform it…His strength is made perfect in weakness, by faith in his person, in his power, in his word…that we are who he says we are in Christ

beth’s this & that conversations with god:  god said, “ Beth, you are this; Beth responded “no, lord, i am that.” god was right, but the problem was “although god says i am this, i still feel like i am that”.  If we honestly repent god completely forgives! Romans 8:1 says “there is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit”

V.             conclusion – does this give Christians a license to sin? we would be mistaken to rationalize that god’s love and forgiveness gives us permission to act like pagans. sin has consequences.  if we believe that we are who god says we are will make ever wiser and healthier decisions.  authentic faith cannot help but produce godly behavior and good works. John 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.  we must believe god is who he says he is and he can do what he says he can do and we are who he says we are, our decisions and behavior will reflect this.

Jos 1:8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Gen 15:7  And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

Gen 17:1  And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2  And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

Exo 3:6  … I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. … I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; …8  And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey…

1Co 15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 

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