“I Believe God”

November 7, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Therefore, take courage, men, because I believe God that it will be just the way it was told to me.

-Acts 27:25

At every turn in life we are called to believe God. What God says in His word is true. We read it, and our minds fill with doubt. We think, Oh, that can’t be true. I don’t believe that. They are subtle thoughts, but they are deadly. Doubt and unbelief hurt us more than we can imagine. Unbelief penetrates into each part of our being and to our actions. We will act according to what we think, and God is always the centerpiece of it all. Every single motive can be traced back to this one foundation–do we believe God or not.

It takes a lifetime to renew our minds with the truth of Scripture. We read it, but our belief will show in whether we act upon it. When we do believe it and act upon it, the power of God rushes into our lives through the Holy Spirit. We see blessings of peace, joy, and increased faith. It is a beautiful upward spiral that leads us straight into the heavenlies and to the throne room of God.

Look at how Paul handled the life-or-death situation he had before him while sailing for Rome. Read Acts 27:20-26 below and see his example of faith and believing God:

20 For many days neither sun nor stars appeared, and the severe storm kept raging. Finally all hope that we would be saved was disappearing. 21 Since many were going without food, Paul stood up among them and said, “You men should have followed my advice not to sail from Crete and sustain this damage and loss. 22 Now I urge you to take courage, because there will be no loss of any of your lives, but only of the ship. 23 For this night an angel of the God I belong to and serve stood by me, 24 and said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. And, look! God has graciously given you all those who are sailing with you.’ 25 Therefore, take courage, men, because I believe God that it will be just the way it was told to me. 26 However, we must run aground on a certain island.”

God told Paul all the men would survive, but the ship itself would be lost. Paul could have looked at the circumstances and said, There’s no way we are going to make it through this–I just can’t see it! Instead, he chose to believe God and walk by faith, not by sight. He made the choice to stand by the word of God and demonstrate his belief by informing the rest of the ship that God was going to save their lives. And God did exactly what He said He was going to do. The ship was wrecked, but everyone safely reached the shore to an island called Malta.

Are you in the middle of a ship wreck? You have two choices–to believe God or not. There is no middle ground. Choose to believe Him today and act upon that belief. Then watch the power of God be released into your situation and witness His glory, in His time and in His way. He alone is God, and He is good. His faithful love will endure forever. Believe Him today, and act.

By Courtney Silberman

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