It’s not what you believe, its the life you live.
Too often people go by what they believe, and not by how they live.
They focus on the verse Romans 10:10.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:10 (KJV)
That is certainly the place we start, but it doesn’t end there. That verse leads to a conviction and then onto conversion, and a life transformation.
And from there it’s no longer a just a believe or head knowledge, but a life we live. A lifestyle.
It’s not what we know and believe, but it’s what we do with what we know and believe. Remember even the devil believed and trembled.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19 (KJV)
So many people go through life believing, but not living it. It’s not that they don’t believe. They do believe, go to church, say many of the rights things, and know a lot of stuff about God and the Bible, and more than likely made the confession in Romans 10:10, but yet it is not how they do life or who they really are inside. They have the form. But they are lacking the power of God in their lives.
2 Timothy 3:5 (KJV) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
The "form" doesn't work. We need the real thing. We need a lifestyle change. We need the power and the working God in our lives. And we need the relationship with God.
When there is a true conviction then there should be a life change. A transformation. A renewing. But of course, these things don’t miraculously happen overnight.
There are some things that should not be apart of our lives when we become a Christian or profess to be children of God. We are not to continue to keep the stuff of the world, and of our former lives. We are to put off the old man. We need to clean out stuff that doesn’t belong and is not apart of God or honoring God. He needs to become a real part of our lives. The very core of our lives and not just on the sidelines.
Ephesians 4:20-25 (KJV)20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. James 1:22 & 25 (KJV)
Let's put our believes into actions. Serve God with our whole heart. And be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Letting our light shine so bright so others can easily see Him in us. Luke 8:21 (KJV) And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. In Him, Mae
Matthew 5:16 (KJV) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Proverbs 4:18 (KJV) But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
James 1:22-25 (KJV)22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae