“He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.”
Belief, in the Gallup assessment, is my top fifth strength. So, when I believe something, I really believe it and stand by it. I’ve been described as being naïve, but I like to look at that quality as having a childlike innocence and belief, like a little girl who trusts and believes her Daddy will do what He says He will do. That’s exactly how I feel about God’s Scriptures.
I feel the same way when I sit still and listen to God speak to me. What He says, I believe. My beliefs are in both the Logos, written word of God in the Bible, as well as the Rhema, God’s personal speaking to me. It’s hearing God’s voice that gives me authority and helps me walk with confidence.
When I believe something, I know it’s truth and therefore I must act on it. When God speaks, I listen and obey. Beliefs are displayed by my actions. Others will know my true beliefs by what they see me do. My actions are the litmus paper which authenticates what I believe. Just as James says in chapter two, verse 22, Abraham’s “faith was made complete by what he did,” so too our beliefs are made complete by what we do.
I wonder what friends or strangers think, when they look at my life. What beliefs do others know about me, based on what they see, in how I live. As people observe my actions, what attributes of Jesus come through loud and clear? What do others think I believe, as a result of what I do?
I hope they see me as a woman who is first and foremost passionate about the Lover of her soul, Jesus. What is it about my actions that clearly express that belief? What am I doing that speaks that belief the loudest? I want my beliefs to be displayed by my behavior and have my actions speak louder than my words.
“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.”
What do people know about your beliefs, when they watch your life?