I previously touched upon the topic of four fundamental beliefs that every Christian needs to embrace to experience the life that God wants for all of His children. Those four fundamental beliefs are…
- God loves you.
- God is good.
- God is with you.
- God is in control.
If you do not truly believe these in the marrow of your bones, you will struggle to enjoy God’s promises of joy and peace.
Note that believing is not the same as knowing. If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you likely know that God loves you. You can point to John 3:16 and other verses that tell you that He loves you. However, if you know that God loves you without believing it, you can spend years feeling unloved. That was my story!
People often assume that anyone who knows the Bible well won’t struggle with feeling unloved, but I have noticed that some of the most knowledgeable people fail to believe what they know. I was once this way. I could rattle off multiple Bible verses – many even from memory! – that displayed my knowledge about the subject, but I didn’t actually believe them. I did not “digest” the Biblical truths until they became a part of me that shaped how I viewed myself, God, and the world around me. Perhaps this is one reason that James warned us about not just listening to what the Bible says but actually doing it.
So, how does someone transition from simply knowing to believing? It happens by choosing to align your thoughts with the truth of God Word, regardless of how you feel. It really is that simple. Unfortunately, simple does not = easy.
For example, if you often feel unloved, then regardless of what you know about God’s love for you, you don’t actually believe it. The antidote is to immerse yourself in scriptures that reinforce the fact that God loves you, such as Jer. 31:3. Write down several Bible verses that tell you how much God loves you. Then, whenever you have the thought that you are unloved, fight back with Scripture. Read the Bible verses aloud, and choose not to “feed” any thoughts that run counter to what Scripture says about God’s love for you.
While this process is important with any area of Scripture, it is vital to the four fundamental beliefs. Not believing God in any of these areas will cripple you spiritually. Conversely, really embracing the truth of these four beliefs will empower you to live a victorious life in Christ!
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace smiling, holding up her hands, and saying, “I believe!” Courtesy Bitmoji.]