The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
"He that cometh to God must believe that He is" (Hebrews 11:6).
From the moment of our conception, the greatest influence in our lives is the One who gives us life.
"In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
"The true Light… lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9).
This would seem to ensure that every human being would inevitably believe "that He is." Of course, this is far from the case. Sin so darkens the heart of humanity that what should be patently obvious becomes purposefully omitted. "All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6). Of course, this does not mean every human being embraces atheism as a matter of philosophy. Many people believe in God with the mind. However, mere mental assent does not suffice regarding the belief that redeems our hearts and draws us into faith as defined by the Bible.
"With the heart, man believeth unto righteousness" (Romans 10:10).
Whatever we many think in our minds, salvation and subsequent fellowship with God results from the belief that occurs in the innermost temple of our being, in response to the Holy Spirit's working therein. Such grace and truth, personally wrought and personally received, leads to a faith that has genuine impact on our life and being. The Christian makes decisions of the heart based on the realization and determination to believe that "He is." We also fail to do so at times, and thus wander in a practical atheism from which our Heavenly Father has to deliver us. "Awake to righteousness and sin not" wrote the Apostle Paul to the believers of Corinth (I Corinthians 15:34). Sometimes we come to our senses in the awareness we have been responding to aspects of life as if our Lord does not exist. We haven't left our faith in the sense of relationship with God. However, we do at times realize we haven't made the choice of the heart that leads and enables us to act in the light of God's involved presence and working. As Jacob confessed at Bethel, "Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not!' (Genesis 28:16).
"Believer" is not merely a descriptive title. Believing is what we do as Christians. "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17). Moreover, we believe with the heart, making choices to trust God and His Word regardless of appearance, emotion, or full understanding of how our Lord is working. Our salvation began accordingly and we can expect it to continue with countless opportunities to open our eyes and walk in the light of "He is."
"Behold God is my salvation. I will trust."
"But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you."
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.