Believing in God by Beth Moore
“Is it working? Your belief system, that is. Is it really working? God’s intention all along has been for the believer’s life to work. From divine perspective toward terrestrial turf, God meant for his children to succeed. . .
Are our Christian lives successful? Are they achieving and experiencing what Scripture said they would? In a recent sermon my son-in-law preached, Curt told us the only way we were going to impact the world and the next generation is to prove that our faith in Christ is real and that it works. For countless Christians I’m convinced it’s real. My concern is whether or not we have the fruit to suggest it works.”—Beth Moore; Believing God
Actually, I s an idiot.
I got a brand new Bible for the journey and I meant to keep it that way. I neglected it. Fumbled it. Dropped it. Opened it. Yawned over it. Whined over it. Cried over it. Begged God to help me with it.
Then slowly but surely, one discovery at a time, I fell head over heels in love with it and with its brilliant Author. I dug my fingernails into it and vowed never to let go. I may have a whole junkyard of broken vows somewhere but, to the glory of God, that one is not in the heap.
While strengthening my grip on the Sword of the Spirit. God began wedging the Shield of Faith in my other hand so that I'd learn to use them the way He intended: in tandem. Mind you, I thought ¡ had plenty of faith. After all, how much faith does a church going, church-serving soul need? I would soon barn the answer a whole lot more than I had.
As forcefully as God has ever spoken to my heart. Fie said,
“You believe in Me, Beth. Now I want you to believe Me.” The words “believe Me” arose out of Isaiah 43:10 like a dead man leaping to his feet. “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom 1 have chosen, so that you may know and believe me” (NIV).
For reasons known only to a forgiving God, I’ve spilled quarts of ink through books and Bible studies in attempts to share a passion to love God and know Him I will continue to express these holy obsessions in one way or another as long as God wills. The book you hold in your hand is my attempt to articulate my own personal journey toward obedience in
believing God, while encouraging you to join me in the blessed experience.
I am convinced that Christ is always the initiator of matters concerning faith. So if I’m on target, you’ve neither stumbled onto this book nor accidentally found it in your hands. Christ is initiating a fresh anointing of faith in your life, Dear One. He wants to put a fresh belief in our system! We have been assigned to this world during vital days on the kingdom calendar. Yet too often we have dropped our shield, making us more vulnerable to defeat. God is calling His church to draw the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) and lift high the Shield of Faith.
Do it, Dear One. No more business as usual From here to eternity, stay a verb and wake a few nouns. Live by faith. Live out loud. And never stop believing God—day by day.
With much love, Beth