Jubilee Weekly September 18, 2018

How Important Is What We Believe?

What we believe about God is totally important.
• We need to know Who God is and what He is like.
• We need to know What God has done and is doing.
• We need to know what He expects of us.

What is God like? I love the answer that we find in Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2:2, when she said:
“There is no one holy like the LORD;
There is no one besides You.
There is no Rock like our God.”

We can totally trust the God, that Hannah is describing. He is strong and unchanging.

What does the LORD expect of me? That is a great question. We need to know the answer to that question.
I love the answer that God gave to His people through His servant Moses in Deuteronomy 10:12-13

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.”

Here is what Moses told his people that God expected of them.
1. Listen carefully to what God says.
2. Obey His commands.
3. Love and worship Him with all your heart.

Do you want peace and purpose for your life?
1. Reverence the LORD.
2. Give Him the glory due His name.
3. Follow His promptings and leadership.
4. Really love Him.
5. Serve Him faithfully and consistently.

God wants to have first place in our lives.

Jotham was king of Judah. In 2 Kings 15:34-35, we read, “And he (Jotham) did what was right in the sight of the LORD, just as his father Uzziah had done. The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the Temple of the LORD.”

I don’t know what you see when you read these verses, but I think we read, “Jotham was a good king …. but,” He did many good things, BUT there were things he left undone. He didn’t remove and destroy the places of idol worship. In leaving them, he made it possible for them to violate the very first commandment found in Exodus 20:3
“You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Do you have any competing idols in your life and you know that you do not really love the LORD your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength? You will never know the fullness of God’s peace, purpose and power as long as there are competing idols in your life.

If you want a heart totally devoted to the LORD, then with the help of the Holy Spirit, remove those lifeless idols from your life. Our God is a jealous God and He will not give or share His glory with anyone else. (Exodus 20:4-6)

Are you growing in your knowledge of God and intimacy with Him? What do you really know about God that you would stake your life on?

Listen to what Solomon said in 2 Chronicles 6:18 …
“But will God indeed reside with mortals on earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house I have built for you!”

If Solomon was overwhelmed that God would dwell in the temple built for Him, how much more should we be amazed that Jesus, the Son of God came down from heaven to dwell among sinful mankind and that the Holy Spirit would choose to dwell in these bodies of ours.

Listen to what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:16 —
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”

He continued in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20…
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body”.

In 2 Corinthians 6:16, “… for we are the temple of the living God. As God has said, ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and will be their God, and they will be my people.’”

Are you aware of the life-giving Spirit in you and with you? I pray that you are.
My brothers and sisters, God wants to help us with our daily battles. In Psalm 18:30, we read,
“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”

Jahaziel was the son of Zechariah and encouraged King Jehoshaphat of Judah, as the enemy was pressing towards them. God spoke to the people through him —
“Thus says the LORD to you, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude… for the battle is not yours but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:15

Folks, God loves us and He wants to fight for us. How can we cooperate with Him?
1. Believe Him when He says the battle isn’t our, but God’s.
2. Acknowledge our human limitations, and allow God’s strength and power to work through our fears and weaknesses.
3. Is the battle one we face because of our commitment to the LORD or is something we have brought on ourselves?
4. Ask God to help us as we face our daily battles.
5. We need to reverence our God by our words and our lives.

Psalm 99:2-3
“The LORD is great in Zion; He is exalted over all the peoples. Let them praise Your great and awesome name. Holy is He!”

In closing, let me give you a personal exercise. Be sure to look up these scriptures and highlight them in your Bible.

Realize the following:
1. God must have first place in our lives. Exodus 20:2-7
2. Belief needs to be translated into obedience. 2 Kings 5:13-15
3. Only a fool says there is no God. Psalm 14:1-4
4. Jesus honors us if we believe in Him. Luke 12:8-9
5. God loved us so much that He sacrificed His Son for our sin. John 3:16
6. Don’t let fame or fortune interfere with your belief. John 12:37-43
7. Don’t hesitate to believe in Him, whom you cannot see.
2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:8
8. Believe and be saved. Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10
9. Folks, there is no legitimate reason for unbelief. Romans 1:18-25
10. Belief in God will bring about His righteousness in our lives.

Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6-9
What we believe about God is very important. Our lives will never be greater than our confidence and trust in Him.

Going forward with Him,

Pastor Leonard