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You Need to Believe What You Preach

You Need to Believe What You Preach

Eventually, how you live will “out preach” what you preach. Preach what you live.

Jesus is famous for a lot of things. Healing the sick. Raising the dead. Casting out devils. Dying for our sins. Being raised from the dead. Ascending to the Father.

He’s also pretty famous for how He interacted with the Pharisees. Let’s talk about that.

Let’s state this up front: Jesus loves everyone.

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Believe: How To Hold On When The Wind Blows

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen.

This is our faith. This is our tether. This is our bedrock.

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Belief or How To Live the Life of Your Dreams

We are saved when we believe in Jesus. But we are changed when we realize He believes in us.
Kris Vallotton

Thank God for his saving power.
Thank Jesus for his saving work.
Thank Spirit for his saving draw.

What would we have done if not for this amazing grace?

If all we do in this life if recognize the salvation that Christ has appropriated for us, we are lucky. But if we realize that not only does Christ save us, but he also offers empowerment by his belief in us. Now, the fair question is, “How does Jesus believe in me?” The answer comes from Jesus himself. His belief in us comes from his parables and his commands. You could say he has faith in us.

Jesus began to show that he believed in us by telling us stories. He told three that I want to mention.

One about a lost sheep.
One about a lost coin.
One about a lost son.

He told them in one sitting. He told them to the Pharisees. He told them in front of people who had less than reputable status.

These stories were very relatable.

Sheep

Shepherding was a very common practice in Israel at the time. So, the people listening could’ve put themselves into the story and imagined losing a sheep.

Money

Everyone wants money. Everyone who has money typically wants more. No one wants to lose money.

Children

Children were viewed as a blessing from the Lord in that day. Sons were viewed as a special blessing. The thought of a son asking for his inheritance, same as wishing his father was dead,  and leaving was unimaginable.

Now, all three of these stories are relating to Christ coming to save humanity. But Christ isn’t talking just about a whole, he’s talking about individuals. He’s talking about you.

To believe in something is to put trust in or put weight on it.

Go

The last place I see where Jesus believes in us is his command to go. He tells his disciples that because all authority has been given to him, they are to go tell everyone! He sent them expecting they could fulfill the mission. He has given us the same mission. He believes in you, and he trusts you to do what he said. He doesn’t expect you do accomplish his command all on your own. That should be a relief. He’s sent Spirit to lead us. Also, he’s filled us with the fullness of himself. Our ability to accomplish what he’s asked is not dependent on us.

It’s all Him!
It’s all with His power!
It’s all with Him!

He wouldn’t command us to do something if he didn’t believe we could do it! He wants us to do it!

Rest in this fact: He believes in you!

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Plan

In Jesus’ death and resurrection, the whole test-passing, brownie-point-earning rigmarole of the human race has been canceled for lack of interest on God’s part.

– Robert F. Capon, “The Mystery of Christ…and Why We Don’t Get It

Jesus’ arrival, life, and victory on the cross is the flat announcement that God was done with our attempts at our own righteousness. Not in a fed-up, frustrated way but in the way a husband surprises his wife with the vacation she’s been pinching every penny to be able to go on.

You can’t think of God on the cross as a last-ditch, bottom-of-the-ninth swing for the fence but the revelation of the plan. Not plan “B”. The plan. Was it God’s intention for sin to enter his pristine paradise? No. But, is He using it to reveal Himself as loving savior to and for us? Yes.

Tired. Exasperated. Frustrated. Overworked. Tense. Scared. Failing.

That’s what defines what the human race looked like to me prior to the cross. And, in some ways how we still look trying so hard to earn the medal that’s already around our neck.

We, me included, must realize that what Jesus did for us was really enough. We can’t begin to add to it. All we can do simply believe it and receive it.

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