What You Believe Matters

Posted on March 14, 2015 · Posted in Biblical Truth, Faith, Freedom in Christ

Too many Christians are being beat up spiritually every day because they do not know or believe what Christ has purchased for them with His life.  One of the devil’s schemes is to tempt you to believe what he tells you instead of what God’s Word tells you so that you will exchange the truth of God for a lie.  When you believe the devil’s lies and act on them, some of the consequences over time can feel like this:  Lost, shamed, guilty, broken, miserable, hopeless, empty, insecure, addicted, anxious, lonely, and fearful.  You are in bondage and only God can rescue you.  God is truth and His Word is truth.  Turn to God, believe His Word and with His help stand firm!  God will begin to replace the lies that you believe with the truth from His Word. 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  Ephesians 6:10-11, 16-18

It is true that what we believe we act on so God warns us not to be conformed to our culture with its behavior and lies that are contrary to God’s revealed will.  Instead, we are to allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to transform our thinking.  Begin to replace the lies that you may believe with the truth from God’s Word.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is; His good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2

Believe Who God Says You Are in Christ!  

Stand firm in the truth that you are loved and accepted by God.  There is nothing that you can ever do that will change this fact.  If God loved you even when you ignored Him and did your own thing apart from Him before salvation, do you think He loves you less now that you are His beloved child in Christ?  Believers are noble sons and daughters of the King!  You are equipped by God through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to stop all accusations in your heart and mind.  Feeling that God disapproves of you is always a lie!  Believe God’s Word.

If God is for you, who can be against you?  He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?  Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?  It is God who justifies.  Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus, who died, more than that, who was raised to life, is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Romans 8:31-34

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!  The reason the world does not know us is that It did not know him.  1 John 3:1

You Are Forgiven

No Strings Attached

Beloved of God, Jesus died not just for your past sins, but for your present sins and for your future sins.  Rejoice!  Every sin you have ever committed or will commit has been paid for!  You are free!  You are free!  Believe and praise God that you are free!  Satan loves to drag your past guilt into the present as if Jesus died for nothing.  Your sins were buried in the death of Jesus Christ so don’t allow the enemy to resurrect them!  Jesus paid for all your guilt and shame with His life!  Don’t allow your past to dictate your future.  

Believe God’s Word.

Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.  Romans 4:7-8

 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.  Psalm 103:12

You Are a New Creation

Born Again by the Spirit

Therefore, if any anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  2 Corinthians 5:17

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.  Romans 5:5

Do you remember how you became a Christian?  You believed the Gospel of Christ and God accepted you; that was it!  God also gave you the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower and enable you to live for Him.  Why then are you trying to live the Christian life in your own human effort like it is all up to you?  Satan loves this scheme because of course you will fail and then you will feel all the guilt and shame that Jesus has already taken upon Himself on the cross!  The perfect life of Jesus lives in you so rely on Him. 

Believe God’s Word.

Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?  Galatians 3:3

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.  2 Peter 1:3

You Are Justified

God has declared you “Not Guilty” of Sin

Jesus paid your debt of sin with His life because you could never pay it.  All the demands of the law that you be punished for your wrongdoing have been cancelled.  Begin to see your debt of sin with cancelled by Jesus stamped on it.  Ponder this truth:  Believing that you are justified will release you from beating yourself up all the time or making excuses?  Jesus death on the cross satisfied the demands of the law so that you could be free from the power and penalty of sin.  God never condemns you or shames you, only Satan does this.  Feeling that God may disapprove of you because of what you do or don’t do is a lie. 

Believe God’s Word.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.  Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.   Romans 4:25, 5:1-2

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  Romans 8:1-2

You Are Declared Righteous

Jesus is Your Righteousness

When you trusted in Christ as your Savior, God took all your sin and He gave you the righteousness of Christ in return.  No one should ever accuse God of unfairness!  God has clothed you in the righteousness of Christ and that is who He sees when He sees you!  Believing that you were declared righteous when you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, is a truth that will change your life!  The pressure to perform for God or for others will be lifted!  You will refuse to allow Satan to bring you down with accusing and condemning thoughts because you will no longer believe the lie that you do not measure up.  Choose to believe what God says and not what “the father of lies” says.

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.  2 Corinthians 5:21

For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last.  Just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”  Romans 1:17

For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.  Isaiah 61:10

You Have Been Set Free!

Out of a Grateful Heart Serve Him with Your Life

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1

Believe God’s Word, act on it and you will begin to flourish and live the abundant life by the power of God through the Holy Spirit of Christ who lives in you.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  2 Peter 1:2

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