… “I Believe I Can Fly” … “I Believe” … “I Believe In Angels” … “I Believe, I Believe” … believe in our product … believe in the team … believe in yourself?
Binging,which I prefer rather than Googling, the words “I Believe” is fascinating. Humans need to believe. It is innate. It is that little something in us that is a hole, a void, that needs to be filled. God put it there, that need for Him. That longing for Him. The world tries to help you fill the void. As you can imagine, there are scores of song lyrics, t-shirts, photos and artwork with those two words incorporated in or on them. Remember the scene in Miracle on 34th Street at the end when the little girl keeps reciting, “I believe, I believe.”? We need to believe. We WANT to believe.
I am not talking about looking at that chair and saying, “I am going to sit on you chair and I believe you are going to hold me up.” We believe in many things . I am talking about the ultimate belief, the one thing that fills the void in our lives that nothing else can fill, our belief in God and His Son Jesus Christ. That is the only “fill” for our void. God provided the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to meet our need and fill our void.
Dateline: 10/15/2011 5:45PM ~ She stood outside the store where I work. She was shopping in the store and had waited on me outside when she saw I was leaving at the end of my shift. She said she was Jewish and her friend Catholic. They are friends and had wandered into the store while out shopping. She had questions. She said, “I believe in God. I am a Jew, yet I was raised in private Catholic schools. I am open-minded.” She has questions, she is searching. She has a void. She needs answers, a way to fill that void.
“I believe in God.” Many people make that statement. The truth is, satan* believes in God. The Bible says satan* knows who Jesus Christ is and that He is the Son of God. The difference is Christians believe Jesus is the Savior. I was raised on the “Four Fold Gospel ~ Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King.” He saved me, cleansed me, heals me and will return. That sums it all up. Yet, I cannot stop there. I have to read His word and pray. I have to get to know Him daily and walk with Him. I have to know what the Bible says. A saying from the 18th century states, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” I think we can study the Bible all our lives and never understand or learn it all. But I have to continue to read, pray and grow. Some of us are further behind than others in learning. If you have not started, you need to get started. We all should learn and teach our children who will teach their children ….
Do you believe? What do you believe? Do your children, family and friends know what you believe? Do you believe as the world tells you to believe?
Webster defines believe: 1a: to have a firm religious faith 1b: to accept something as true, genuine, or real ; 2: to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something ; 3: to hold an opinion : think ; 4a: to consider to be true or honest; 4b: to accept the word or evidence of; 5: to hold as an opinion
John 3:16 ESV “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Mark 16:15-16 ESV “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Webster defines Apologetics: 1: systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine); 2: a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity
Wikipedia defines: Apologetics (from Greek ἀπολογία, “speaking in defense”) is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of reason. Early Christian writers (c. 120-220) who defended their faith against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called apologists.
So do you believe? Do your children believe? What have you taught them to believe? What do others think you believe?