Summary: I can fully believe, but unless I act on my belief, I am of no benefit to my community. This is number 2 of 9 in a series.
BEYOND BELIEF PART 1
“ … shall be strong and do exploits (KJV)”
“ … will display strength and take action (NASB)”
In today’s society – our kids encounter
- More ethical and moral temptations …
- Greater spiritual battles …
- More emotional and relational struggles …
… more than any other generation in history.
Our youth are exposed to sexual temptation, school violence, alcohol, illegal drugs, and variety of other dangerous influences which threatens to undo all that we are teaching our children.
But what we need to fear is not what our kids are tempted to do – but rather what they are led to believe.
What we see as attitudes/actions spring from our value system.
What our value system is based upon in what we believe.
The actions are the tip of the iceberg. We must have solid Biblical beliefs which in turn develop godly values that drive their righteous behavior.
Unless our actions are built on a solid foundation of Biblical beliefs, we can expect our lives to reflect the pain and consequences of wrong choices.
Barna research group revealed:
- 63% of our kids believe that all religions pray to the same god.
- 72% say they can tell when something is right by whether or not it “works” in their lives.
- 51% of our kids don’t believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ.
- 65% don’t think that devil is real.
- 70% of our kids say there is not absolute moral truth.
People who don’t know a solid biblical belief system are:
- 225% more likely to be angry with life
- 210% more likely to lack purpose in life
- 200% more likely to physically hurt someone
- 300% more likely to use illegal drugs
- 600% more likely to attempt suicide
There is a need to come to a face to face encounter with Christ that changes our lives.
There is a need for Christ, the Savior to be real, relevant, powerful to transform a dead, sinful existence into a living relations with God.
There is a need to move beyond belief – to the point of convictions.
My belief must be personally life transforming.
I can believe but what I do know.
Matthew 16:24-25, “If any of you wants to be my followers, you must put aside your selfish ambitions, shoulder your cross and follow me … if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.”
Question: do I believe that or do I know that? (Conviction)
“… they who know their God shall be strong and do exploits…” (know means to be aware of without question recognition of the reality of God)
Hosea 4:6 – God’s people are destroyed from lack of knowledge …”
- not knowing God continually …
- not experiencing God’s presence …
- not acknowledging God in their lives …
These will bring destruction.
If I’m continued of why I believe
then I’ll be committed to what I believe
which then I’ll be changed by who I believe.
Phil 3:8, “I count all things as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege, overwhelming preciousness than our passing worth and supreme advantage of knowing Jesus Christ my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. For His sake I have cost everything and consider it all to have more rubbish in order that I may gain Christ the Annointed One.