A few days ago I had a conversation with my daughter, Anna. She shared with me that every Sunday at their church, Pastor Jerry holds up his Bible and says the following: (He says it every single Sunday and even the children say it in their Sunday School classes.)
“This is my Bible…it’s God speaking to me.
I am who it says I am
I can do what it says I can do
I can have what it says I can have
So I open my heart today
To hear God speak a word
That will change my life…forever!”
When Jerry gets to the word “forever,” everyone says it together: FOREVER!
I love this. It’s simple, true, inspiring and filled with hope. It encourages me to spend regular time in my Bible and to ask God for grace to believe, accept and embrace what the Bible is telling me about who God is and about who I am in Jesus.
One question that is good to ask ourselves is:
“Do I truly believe the God that I believe in?”
Before you accuse me of double talk, the question is: Do I believe what God says…not just believe in him? Do I believe God’s character, his promises, his love, etc.? It’s one thing to say I believe in God, but quite another to believe God. I think many Christians believe in God, but don’t really believe what he says in the Bible.
Last week in our community group, the question was asked: “If we are indeed set free, why don’t we live like we are free?” One answer is that we really don’t believe we have been set free.
As I have been reflecting on:
- I am who the Bible says I am
- I can do what the Bible says I can do
- I can have what the Bible says I can have
I added a few more along the same lines:
- I can obey what it says I can obey
- I can experience what it says I can experience
- I can have victory, as it says the victory is won
- I am loved as it says I am loved
- I am forgiven as it says I am forgiven
- I am saved as it says I am saved
Samuel Johnson said, “People need to be reminded more than they need to be taught.”
By God’s grace, I have reminded you of a simple truth.
In his Word, God says things that he wants you/us to believe, embrace and act on because, as Pastor Jerry says: “That will change my life, FOREVER!”