What Do You Believe?

Has anyone ever asked you what you believe and expected an answer?  What was your reaction?  Did you know immediately what you believe?  There are typically one of three responses to this question.  
  1.  The first response comes from a person who knows exactly what they believe about something and can tell you immediately. Finding someone who knows exactly what they believe and, more importantly, why they believe it is somewhat rare.
  2. The second response comes from a person that does not know what they believe. These individuals are not sure what they believe because there are so many opinions on every issue, and they have not decided which one is the most correct.
  3. The third response comes from people that have never thought about an issue and are not really interested in learning about it. They do not care about anything beyond what directly impacts their own lives.
We are taught by society that what we believe is our own decision and true for us.  It does not matter what the truth or facts are or what anyone else thinks.  This teaching is both humanistic and deceptive for everyone, but especially for Christians.  As Christians, we are required to believe what God says is right and what He says is wrong.  Especially if the goal of our Christian walk is to love, fellowship with, be obedient to and honor our God.  Our actions, our words and our thoughts regarding EVERY situation should reflect what our Heavenly Father says is right, honest, pure and true.  Everything that is important to Him should be the things that are important to us.
Despite what the world tells us, there is right and wrong, good and bad.  There are absolutes in life that we can count upon and which do not change.  Gravity, for example, is an absolute.  No matter what you think about gravity, if you step off a building with the intention of staying in the air, you will find yourself heading down rapidly.  Gravity will absolutely pull you down no matter you think about it.
We need to find out what the Word of God says about what we believe in our hearts.
Luke 6: 45 – A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. (NLT)
Proverbs 23:7 – For as he thinks in his heart, so is he….(AMPC)
Mark 11:23 – The truth is, you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, mountain, fall into the sea.’ And if you have no doubts in your mind and believe that what you say will happen, then God will do it for you. (ERV)
Mark 7:21 – All these bad things begin inside a person, in the mind: bad thoughts, sexual sins, stealing, murder,…(ERV)
Matthew 22:37 – Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ (ERV)
Romans 8:5-6 – People who live following their sinful selves think only about what they want. But those who live following the Spirit are thinking about what the Spirit wants them to do. If your thinking is controlled by your sinful self, there is spiritual death. But if your thinking is controlled by the Spirit, there is life and peace. (ERV)
The Word of God tells us to let every word be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses.  Here are six witnesses that confirm what we think (and therefore what we believe) will affect what we say and do for our blessing or to our detriment.
Come with me as we embark on a journey to find out what Jesus and His Word says about the major issues that affect us.