Recently I viewed a movie entitled “do you believe?”, it covered the lives of strangers whose paths crossed through life circumstances. Each of them had to face this question and make a life changing decision. Some decided their lives didn’t have to stay the way they were currently living them; caught up in crime, lost and alone, and filled with unbelief and doubt.
She didn’t believe there was a God, her life was perfect just the way it was; it was not until she saw the love of God coming from someone she was persecuting, risk his life to save hers something changed. He had walked a thin line between doing what was right and what was wrong for a long time, the influence of someone he loved was to powerful to say no; I’m not doing it.
Then there was one who felt all alone, pregnant and living on the street; saw unconditional love through strangers willing to help another stranger. Doubt and fear make strange bedfellows, both are strong; when they infiltrate our lives they embed themselves as the roots of trees hold fast to the soil. They lock us in a cage, we become the hamster on the wheel going round and round in circles.
Afraid to leave what is familiar no matter how harmful it might be to us, No matter who we are; we will be faced with and be required to answer the question “do you believe”? Do you believe love can cast out fear? It is written perfect love cast out all fear, in fear there is pain, he that fears is not complete in love. Maybe you’re a doubting Thomas, it is said one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
That person must not think he will receive anything from the Lord, he that comes to God must believe that he is God. Thomas didn’t believe when the others told him Jesus was risen from the dead, he only believed what he could see and touch. When he saw the Master for himself, he declared him to be his Lord and his God. Jesus encouraged him to not disbelieve, but to believe. To believe what is not seen comes of Faith. Faith is the assurance of thing hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Father God has given to us power,love, and self control; not the spirit of fear. We therefore are to walk by faith and not by sight. Jesus admonishes us to have faith in God, he says whatever we ask in prayer; believe that we have received it and it will be ours. Finally he says to us “let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God; believe also in me. By the end of the movie everyone affected by the dilemmas of life had made a choice.
Sacrifices for love were made by those who chose to believe, faith was found by those who chose to believe and some were set free because they chose to believe without any doubt or fear. The word of the Lord is right and true, he is faithful in all he does. His desire is that none should perish, but; he can’t make our choice, we must freely choose. When you are faced with this life changing question “do you believe”? What will your answer be?
My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace.