What Do You Believe?

Incongruity is not a word in my everyday vocabulary. Here is a definition: an incongruity is very different from everything around it, to the point of being inappropriate to the situation. 1 John 2:6 says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” We may say that we have a personal relationship with the Lord, but we don’t exemplify Him through our lives.

By what we say, we document what we truly believe in our heart. Romans 10:9-10 was written about our salvation. It carries over into our everyday life. What we confess with our mouth comes from our heart. Listen to Paul’s words, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Our progressive sanctification is a process to help us align our beliefs, words, and actions. We are a messenger, or an ambassador of Christ. That means that our witness should portray our message and messenger as the same. We might say that we trust the Lord, but then we draw back into worry, fear, anxiety, anger, doubt, or unbelief. Our words bely where our trust really is. In action, it is in ourselves because we have taken our eyes off the Lord. We have forgotten that what He has spoken to us is eternal unchangeable truth. Let me use the example of His disciples.

Mark 6:45-52 was an account of His disciples in a boat. They were in the middle of the sea, and the wind came up against them. They saw Jesus walking on the water and they were troubled. Verse 30 says, “…Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Then He got into the boat and the wind ceased. Verse 32 says that they did not understand about God’s provision through the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Why? It says that their heart was hardened.

Hardness of heart comes from the deceitfulness of sin. Our actions or inactions reveal what we truly believe. The disciples were worried. Yet when the Lord reminded them that He was with them, what caused them to worry ceased. Does what you say agree with your actions? Here is another account. Jesus asked His disciples who men were saying that He was. Verse 15 says, “…But who do you say that I am?”

Watch this scene unfold. In verse 16 it says, “Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” In verse 21 Jesus told them that He was going to suffer many things, be killed, and then raised on the third day. In verse 22 Peter rebuked Jesus. Verse 23 says, “But He turned and said to Peter, Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

How do we rebuke the Lord? We rebuke Him through our disobedience. It is not in our words but in our actions. Peter one moment said that He believed, and the next He was opposing Jesus. What is the gospel? 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 says, “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” When we believe the gospel for ourselves, we enter into eternal life. That is the beginning. Then we live out the gospel when our beliefs and actions affect the lives around us.

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