By: Tim Sader
What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:3)
Last week we learned that God is beautiful because He is good and sent us His son so we could be forgiven. Our song was Beautiful One by Jeremy Camp. Abraham the human father of the Jewish faith believed God and because he did God considered him righteous. What God wants is for us to believe in Jesus Christ and the fundamentals of what that means. Today our song is about the foundation of true Christian faith, what we believe and why we do. That song is We Believe by Newsboys. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/FtPmX7e_Rpw or search for it on YouTube. If we could think for a moment what exactly is it that we are believing in? Could we sum it up in just a few sentences so anyone could understand it? What we believe and why we believe it is important so we can know our starting point, grow in our faith and share the Lord with others. In times of desperation, when all we know is doubt and fear there is a firm foundation we can find. We believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit and the new life we find in them. We believe Christ was crucified, conquered death, rose again from the grave and He’s coming back again. This is part of a short description concerning our beliefs based upon what a glorious thing the Lord has done for us. We Believe some amazing things and only faith in Christ can make a claim that our savior died but He didn’t stay that way.
If We Believe in the name of Jesus we have the right to become children of God, not born of Him naturally, nor human decision or the will of a spouse but born of God (John 1:12-13). God is not our father in the flesh but if we believe in Jesus we are part of His family. If We Believe that God is real believing in Christ shouldn’t be too difficult, nothing for us to be troubled about (John 14:1). Believing in Jesus in some ways could be easier because there is written history that proves He is real. We Believe that Christ was born from the Father so if we love Him we will also love His son (1 John 5:1). We cannot love God the father or the son if we do not believe in and love them both. No longer are we made righteous by perfectly following all the laws of God and the prophets. Our righteousness is found through our believing in Jesus Christ. We are not Jew and Gentile anymore because all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. All are justified freely by the grace and redemption we find in Christ alone (Romans 3:21-24). Because we believe in Jesus, just like Abraham believed in God it is counted to us as righteousness. If we declare with our mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead then we are saved. In our hearts we believe and are justified, and it is with our mouth that we profess our faith and receive salvation (Romans 10:9-10). To say We Believe is step one for us but not only saying it is enough; we must truly believe that He has saved us. Our belief is that Jesus died and rose again so we believe that God will bring with Him believers who’ve already fallen asleep (1 Thessalonians 4:14). We support the belief that Jesus will return for everyone who believes and those who have already passed will be with Him. We were inclined to believe in Christ when we heard truth in the gospel of our salvation. When we believed we were marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a guarantee of our inheritance as possessions of God and to bring Him Glory (Ephesians 1:13-14). We Believe in a three part God and each of them serve a great role in our story; without believing the basics there is nothing for us to trust in.
Tuesdays Torch has an official website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com Daily Sparks and Scripture Pictures are further spreading the message of Christ. Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. The author of Tuesdays Torch Tim Sader, has spoken at MorningStar Fellowship Church and will be prayerfully seeking future speaking engagements. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. Any ministries or blogs that would like to partner with Tuesdays Torch please let us know. We pray the Lord will touch every reader. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk a little more about what He did and what He is doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will meet the Lord. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website, by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!
No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16