SHE BELIEVES: DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE?

Seth Doyle
*Article originally appeared on The Beloved Rose {modified for She Believes}

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” {Luke 1:46-47, ESV}

There is something that can happen when we believe in God our whole life.  Our belief can get stacked under a hurried life, unmet desires, and the many disappointments we often face.   What’s familiar can often take a back seat and even be pushed to the side, eventually fading into the background.  We don’t mean for it to happen, it just does. And never all at once but in pieces and slowly.

For me, I have been a believer of God my entire life.  I don’t remember when I made the decision to follow Christ with my life but growing up in the church I knew I had.  And just to be safe, to this day every time a pastor offers an opportunity to pray the Sinner’s Prayer, I do!

I’ve never questioned whether or not I believe in God.  I’m pretty confident that I do. However several years ago, I was asked one question that has radically changed the way I approach my faith in God.  The question was, “Do you believe what you believe?” A simple question that at the time I had no idea would turn my world upside down.  I knew I believed in God and I felt the answer to that question was a resounding, “yes!”.

How oxymoronic of me as a professed Christian if I didn’t, right?

Unable to shake this question that had so rattled me to my core, I began to pray.  “Lord, do I believe what I believe?” “Do I believe you?”

Almost immediately, I knew in my spirit that although I very much believed in God, I was struggling to Believe God. And more importantly, believe ALL of God!  Over the years, I had allowed my life circumstances, prayers that weren’t answered the way I had hoped, and situations that played out way different than I imagine, to rewrite and often trump the truth I once knew so clearly.

Paul warns us in second Timothy to “Guard the deposit {truth} entrusted to you…” {2 Timothy 1:14} because he knew that it would be really easy to be persuaded.  I find it uncanny just how much that warning is necessary today as it seemed to be at the time Paul was writing to Timothy and the church.

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Mary was blessed simply because she believed God. A belief that would have really been difficult considering her circumstances and life stage.  Unwed and pregnant.

“Blessed is she who believed…” {Luke 1:45}

I started this ministry of She Believes a few years ago to be a community of women, doing life together and pursuing Christ through free online bible studies, memorizing scripture challenges, and a short interactive Insta Devo found on Instagram  @shebelieves.co.  My dream is to see more women living out the blessings found when we believe God for our whole life while fully embracing a life of greater Christ-centered freedom!

As you reflect on my story, is there an area in your life that comes to mind where maybe you aren’t believing God or trusting his truth?  Leave a comment and let’s lift those areas up together in prayer!

May you be blessed as you believe God and lean into our Heavenly Father all the more today for your whole life!

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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

2 Comments

  1. Laura says:

    Wow this hits home. I absolutely KNOW that God blesses tithing and have told others how He has blessed my life asca tither. That was about 5 yrs. ago. These past few years since my father passed away I haven’t been going to church with the idea that the churches were “performing ” and more into socializing than seeking God and His presence. I have not been tithing and I live paycheck to paycheck now and every time I set my tithe money aside with intentions to give and then after I pay bills and get a little food I end up using the tithe money. It makes me feel as though I don’t believe His word . I know what I need to do ……Saturate myself with the Word of God but I don’t like I use to…prayer and advice would totally be appreciated ♥♥

    • BethAnn says:

      Awe, Laura. You are not alone. I know there are a lot of people who step out in their faith, trusting God with their tithe or whatever else and then experience a hard life situation that cause them to pull back or doubt God for a moment or a season or a situation.

      It’s so easy to do and often to have happening before we even really realize it’s happening.

      You can start with Prayer, asking God and laying out your questions before God. Ask him to help you get back to reading your bible or sticking with your tithe commitment or whatever you want help. I believe God is so faithful! Especially, when we seek him for more of him, he can’t help but help us!! Keep me posted on how the Lord meets you right now — because i know He’s about to do big things in your life if you will step out and allow him!!!

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