"The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of 10,000 temporal problems." -A.W. Tozer
In a world that is driven by emotions and knee jerk reactions, it's important that we, as believers, have a strong hold on what we believe. I have sat with people from every walk of life you can imagine and had deep conversations about God and the current state of the church. I rarely can recall the majority of these conversations, mainly because the majority of them are rooted in temporary emotions and not eternal truths.
A wise man once told me, "What you believe will dictate what you do."
For so long, I ran from “hot topics” or controversial ideas that I honestly just wasn't sure about. I have recently found such a peace in my heart, my home, and my work by taking some time to flesh out some of my deepest convictions about God. My motive is not to win arguments or chase a degree. My heart longs for deep joy and satisfaction in Christ and in Christ alone.
How we see God directly affects how we love mankind. I think it's equally important for us to understand how God sees us.
What we believe about God's word will either deepen our trust in Him or cause us more confusion. Allow me to explain!
In 2 Timothy 2:8-9 we see Paul writing to his spiritual son, Timothy. He gives him a couple profound things to stand on concerning his relationship with Jesus.
“...Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead...for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal..." Pause there. Paul's very next words point directly to his deepest beliefs about God. He says, "But the word of God is not bound!"
The Word of God is not bound! Think about that for a second!
The Word of God is not bound to man's opinion.
The Word of God is not bound to your sin or sickness.
It's not bound to your dreams or your circumstances.
It's not bound to your deepest confusion or your fleeting beliefs.
Paul's words for Timothy are just as true for us today. Although we willingly "suffer" as criminals for the sake of the gospel and find ourselves at times bound by worldly ideas or philosophies...the Word of God is not bound!
We need to remember the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. All of our beliefs stem from the fact that Jesus acted on our behalf and took the cross while we were still sinners. If all of our actions are not rooted in this truth, then we will be gravely misled. We will try to build His Kingdom on our desires and that has never gone well for us.
I want every part of my life to be fueled by the cross. If I allow any other ideas or systems to take priority in my heart, I am confident that I will not be confident in the gospel.
Our beliefs dictate our actions. In other words, our beliefs have the power to produce deep satisfaction or a lifelong chase of our own sinful desires.