With grateful hearts, we share our thoughts on redemption through Jesus Christ and His saving blood and what it looks like in our daily walk.

We gladly welcome your comments and input.
AND since we hold our conservative values dear, we might have a thing or two to say about politics... and we can almost guarantee it won't be politically correct.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Live What You Believe

We hear the word used all the time in all sorts of ways: Faith.

The Christian faith.
Walk by faith.
Living by faith.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for.
Keep the switch of faith turned on.
Have faith. Build your faith. Use your faith.
Your faith will see you through.

Since faith is central to Christianity (we're saved by grace through faith), then we ought to know how to clearly define it, obtain it, and use it. According to the Greek language (which the New Testament was written in thousands of years ago), "faith" is a fancy word for a firm persuasion or a conviction based upon hearing. Simply put, faith is what you believe.

Everyone has faith. Everyone believes something. The question is not, "Do you have faith?" The questions we need to ask ourselves (and then answer) are these:

1) What do I believe?
2) Am I allowing my beliefs to govern what I think, say, and do?

If we are truly Christian, then we are followers of Jesus Christ. And if we are truly Christian, we must form our beliefs solely based on God's Word. Then we must take the vital extra step and allow our beliefs to govern our life.

This is the step many Christians omit. It's easier to do whatever we feel like doing. It's less painful to simply go along with the cultural tide of our society. It's easier to think on whatever enters our mind and to say whatever we feel like saying. Basically, it's easier to live according to our feelings and carnal desires than to live by what our heart believes. But until we allow our Christian beliefs to govern what we think, say, and do, our Bible-based beliefs lie dormant and do us little good. Which in turn means that there will be little difference between our thoughts, words, and actions and those of non-Christians.

And that would be a crying shame.


Jane said...

You added the song after I first read the blog this morning...the song came to mind when I first read the post, so I like the addition.

I know personally speaking, there came a time when I had to ask myself these questions. Did I believe in God because that was the way I had been raised or did my faith go deeper? Was it something that I owned? Had I truly made that commitment? I came to the conclusion that I had, but it was still a turning point in my life. That was when I really began to grow in my faith in and in my Christian walk.

Thanks for the reminder that we are called to be different, to look different, and to act different from the rest of the world. Not enough Christians do...We have not been called to be chameleons, blending into the background, but rather we have been called to be light.

mlm said...


Thanks for christening our blog with your comment--and what a great comment!

As far as the song goes, I think there were some technical difficulties this morning because the song was always included in the post but for some reason didn't load as fast as the text, which made it look like it wasn't there at all! (That might be the longest sentence I've ever written.)

Anyway, thanks again for sharing your wisdom. I look forward to hearing from you again in the future!


Meems said...

Jane, thanks for being a brave soul to take the plunge and leave the first comment.

I so much appreciate your commitment to God AND your Christian walk. I see often where children who grow up in the church come to the place where they have to ask the hard questions about their own faith. I am so glad you came up with the answers that you did!