July 2, 2013

Choose to Believe

You have to make a choice to believe the truth.

Romans 1:25 says, “Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies …”

Now, for those of you who have seen The Matrix movies there were some people who choose to stay in the matrix, even though they knew it was not real, rather than have the courage to change and move into reality. We get the choice to believe what we want to believe. My beliefs are my choice. Nobody can force you to believe anything. Nobody can coerce you to believe anything. You get to choose what you believe. I can believe Elvis is alive, and he’s running a gas station in Conroe if I want to. You can believe whatever you want to believe. We have to decide – are we going to choose to believe things that are false or are we going to choose to believe the truth? The first step is, we have to ask the question, what is going to be my authority in life? What is going to be my standard in life? What is going to be the basis for my beliefs and behavior? What is going to be the authority in my life? You will either base your life on what the world says or what the Word says. You’ll base your life on what Christ says or what culture says. Now, which one is more reliable? What culture says, conventional wisdom, what society says, what everybody is doing, is always changing. You can’t trust it because it changes all the time. What was popular ten years ago isn’t popular today. Things are constantly changing, and if you base what you believe and how you behave on culture, on what society says, it will always change.

Jesus came to show us the truth about God’s character. The truth about God’s character is that it never changes. It’s always the same. God’s Word never changes because His character never changes. God’s Word is true because His character is true. You have to come to the place where you make a decision. I’m going to choose to believe God’s Word because it’s reliable and never changes. It’s the truth upon which I want to build my life. I want to get to know God’s Word. I want to spend time in God’s Word. I want to know what God’s Word says because I made a decision a long time ago that I was going to base my life, the way I lived in my marriage, my family, at work, on what God’s Word says. This is the only reliable authority on which to build your life. Every one of us has to decide, what are we going to build our lives on? What will be the authority for our life? You have beliefs, and they affect your behavior. So, what are you going to base your beliefs and behavior upon? We believe God’s Word. I preach God’s Word because it’s the only thing that can change your life, because it’s the truth. Only the truth will set you free from the hurt, habits and hang-ups that make you miserable in life. Have you chosen to believe the truth?