By Peggy Norton

Definitions:
Know: to grasp; to have knowledge of;  To be intimate with;  to be sure of.

Believe: to have a definite conclusion of; to accept as truth; to actively adhere to.

A  challenge from the Lord has been resounding within my heart for a number of weeks. "Know what you believe and believe what you know."  Doesn't that sound profound? Yet, it is quite elementary.

There is such a need in the body of Christ to grasp with understanding the word and nature of God. As we study the Word of God, His nature is revealed to us. As we become students of the Word, without an agenda to prove our own opinions, but rather to learn of Him and the One who inspired the Word, His ways, His truth, and His heart; we then become knowledgeable of the Holy One. He is the Fountain of Life and our purpose is fulfilled in knowing Him.

But, also with knowing, comes the active participation of walking with Him in His truths, regardless of our circumstances and feelings. Our walk is based on faith not on sight. We must, out of necessity, adhere to His ways by choosing to do what is right in His sight and confessing His truth over our own ways.

Many are the challenges of life; financial stresses, lose of family members, relationships that are strained, pressures of responsibilities, and of course, maintaining at all times a perfect Christian attitude.

So --how do we believe what we know?

First, we must know what we believe from the sense that we have made it ours. Not just memorized scriptures as to spew them out as a parrot, but to memorize them as passages that we are building in our lives out of a heart of revelation (by the Spirit of God) and meditating on them as they reveal the heart and ways of God. Then we can say, "I believe this, because God's Word says....." We must read the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Read with a heart to learn and to receive insight for daily living. The more you read it through, the more you will develop a systematic theology based upon the whole Word of God, which is consistent and applicable for our lives today

The Bible is a window in this prison world, through which we may look into eternity.    Timothy Dwight

Second, we must believe what we know, This is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. When life hits you, it is then that we need to put into action what the Word has to say.

Example: You're pressing in, wanting to please the Lord with your life. You sincerely want your attitude to be consistent with the heart of God. Then life happens. A contractor is late on paying your wage, creditors call, your child comes home from school and announces that they have need for X amount of money for a special school outing... Please, can I go, everyone is going...the house you're renting is put on the market, and so on and so forth.

Then subtly, panic starts to hit you, you're trying to be good, do what is right and you pray for God's intervention, again, and again, and again. Some will tell you that if you pray more than once, then you don't have faith, so God won't answer you. Others say that you have to keep knocking or God won't answer you. Thus, the walls of opposition becomes a place to keep hitting your head. You become irritable and quick tempered. Then guilt eats at you, because you're not being very Godly. Then fear of failure comes at you as a whip tearing into your very heart and Satan yells at you because you're so pathetic. "Some woman of God you are. Hypocrite!"

When we need to stand on the Word of God, we must know that He is the Word. When panic comes to choke your life and fear comes to torment your hope, then you must start believing what God says.

"Lord, I have panic rising in me, and I'm afraid. But I'm not going to let it bring me down. I believe you. You said in Hebrews 13:5, that you would never leave me nor forsake me. You said in Psalms 46:1, that you are a very present help in the time of trouble. You said in Jeremiah 31:3, that you loved me with an everlasting love. I believe what you say, that you are able to present me before the throne, faultless. That I am accepted in your presence because of the atoning work of Jesus Christ. You said in Philippians 4:19,  that you will supply all my needs according to your riches in glory. Those needs not only include the financial and material aspects, but also the emotional and spiritual needs. All that Christ is, He is in me. All that I need that pertains to Life and Godliness is mine through the Spirit of God as it say in
II Peter 1:3, "According as his divine power hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue."

Many  have been the times that I have said things like this through tears and emotions that were hot and strong and not consistent with those of a cool, calm and collected mighty woman of God. But it was these times that solidified the very Word and work of God in my being and made me a woman of Faith, because I beheld and believed the One who is Faithful, who cannot be unfaithful. These sayings are all based on the Word of God, which is...who He is.

So...Know what you believe...Believe what you know.

 

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