There is an exercise for the spirit, soul, and body.
No heavy weights will clank behind us. Our breathing will not be affected. No muscles will be flexed or stretched. No calculations will spin in our brains. No emotions are required but joy in the aftermath of the workout is assured. What is this marvelous exercise?
Believing the Word of God, the words of Jesus, and the covenantal promises of our Father in heaven rejuvenates the body, refreshes the soul, and revives the spirit. It is a daily discipline. Yesterday’s believing will not get us through today. Tomorrow’s believing will have to wait until this day turns from test to testimony and goes into the record books.
In daily prayer we review the things we believe and we believe them again. Systematically we read the Book, pray the psalms, see the story of Jesus and the disciples on the movie screen of the mind, and we check our inbox for letters from the Apostles. As we read and pray, we believe—again.
- Jesus speaks to us.
- We travel with Peter and Paul and Silas and Luke throughout the world tell people about Jesus.
- We weep with the prophets over a backslidden people of God.
- We wonder with them at the bright Kingdom soon to come.
- We are charged with the job of living the productive life in the Spirit and
- we gaze with wonder at the revelation of Jesus we soon will see.
We are believing.
Our believing affects not only us, it affects the world we inhabit.
Though “deep darkness covers the peoples,” the Lord “shines on us” as we step into the day. At the end of the day, the burning ball of the sun might set, but our central light keeps shining deep into the night. Why? Because we are continually believing.
In the shadows enemies may plot against us. In the streets and offices of the marketplace foes may lie in wait to ambush us. We do not fear what man can do to us for a squad of angels goes before us and goodness and mercy are following us. Why? Because we go into the world believing.
We are saved, translated from darkness to light, because we confessed with our mouth and believed in our hearts. We are fruitful in life because we feed on the eternal Word of God and drink deeply of the living water flowing freely from the well Jesus dug in our hearts when we first believed in Him. We are fearless because we believe that if God is for us, it simply doesn’t matter who is against us. We are at peace, our borders secured by armies of angels and our hearts guarded by the unsleeping eye of our Father in heaven.
Today, your assignment is this: Keep believing!
Do good to your servant according to your word, O LORD. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands.
Mark 5:36; 9:24 NKJV
Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 11: 24 NKJV
…I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Romans 3:22; 6:8; 10:7-11
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believeNow if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
… “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
The Apostles’ Creed
The Book of Common Prayer
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Because We Believe
Words and Music: Don Moen
1. We believe in God the Father.
We believe in Christ the Son.
We believe in the Holy Spirit.
We are the Church And we stand as one.
2. We believe in the Holy Bible.
We believe in the virgin birth.
We believe in the resurrection,
That Christ one day Will return to earth
Holy, holy, Holy is our God
Worthy, worthy, Worthy is our King
All glory and honor Are His to receive.
To Jesus we sing Because we believe.
3. We believe in the blood of Jesus.
We believe in eternal life.
We believe in His love that frees us
To become the bride of Christ.
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