There are so many great Bible studies out there, it’s hard to imagine repeating one, but Beth Moore’s Believing God is one that bears repeating. I first did this study over five years ago and it is probably the one that really restructured my heart for God, matured my understanding of who He really is and showed me how to really believe what He says.
What’s fun about doing this study again is seeing my answers and notes from the first time around. I can see my personal spiritual growth as well as the activity of God in my life.
For this week’s blog, I feel led to share some of the nuggets of wisdom I got from Beth Moore through this study and continue to rely upon the biblical principles I learned. Who knows, this may end up as a series of blogs. We’ll see. 😊
The foundational verse for this study is Isaiah 43:10 (NASB)
“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that I am He…”
Beth Moore states a common truth among many believers: Although we believe in God, we have hardly begun to believe Him. Hold up. Reread that. Take it in. Ponder it.
That notion right there stopped me in my tracks five years ago. Although I had read and studied the bible, been to church most all of my life, had lots of book learning and believed in Jesus Christ as my Savior, my faith-walk was much weaker than I knew.
Did you know that in the original Greek, the word faith is a verb? An action word! It comes from the word pistis, which is the primary word for faith and belief. Faith is a gift from God. Exercising faith is first a choice we make to accept Christ’s call to belong to Him.
Faith is also a present active participle. In case you forgot or slept through the grammar portion of English class, this refers to an action that is currently taking place or which takes place repeatedly. So, faith begins with taking the step to believe in Christ and is a continual action of believing all He came to do and say.
Five years ago, I asked myself these questions and I continually still ask:
Do you believe Him when He says to trust Him?
Do you believe Him when He says to not fear or worry?
Do you believe Him when He says His plans are not to harm you but do you good?
Do you believe Him when He says to ask in His name?
Do your actions match up to what you say you believe?
How well do you know the God of the Bible? Not what you’ve heard about Him. Not what you’ve read about in some book. Not even what your preacher has told you. But you. You personally. You, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the son of God.
Why should we believe the God of the Bible?
Because God chooses to exert His exceeding greatness of power to those who continually accept the challenge to believe Him. Ephesians 1:19
Because we were created for God’s pleasure and that there is no greater or higher goal for our lives than to please God. Revelation 4:11 and pleasing God is never degrading but always fulfilling since His will is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
Because faith pleases God and He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Because God acts according to our faith. Matthew 9:29 and faith is more precious than gold. 1 Peter 1:7
Because believing God is credited to us as righteousness. Romans 4:24
As I am revisiting this study, it is renewing my mind toward the nature and activity of God. I don’t know about you, but that thrills me. I hunger for it. If you have experienced the true God in any way, shape or form, you know what I mean.
If you don’t think you have had that kind of experience with God, just know that you can.
If you think you have, it’s critical to be sure that it is really from the God of the Bible. Either way, if you can more fully understand how to really believe God, you will never be the same. And I promise you, that’s a really good thing.