Hiiiiii!!!! So there are times where we just need to relax and unwind and things and I came across that time so I went on a “Jesus and me” date! (Which are totally awesome by the way!) I went to see the movie “Do You Believe?” and it was centered around this one basic question:: “Do you believe in the cross of Christ?” Those 8 words carry so much weight!! It’s probably just as heavy as the cross Jesus was carrying. You see, the cross is so vital! Without the cross, salvation may not have happened. Jesus had to die the worst possible death EVER because we were (and some of us still are) the worse possible people ever!! But the cross symbolizes our sin and our sins are the
WORST! So Jesus had to become one with sin (hence, the nails in His hands and feet) and bleed on it (so that we may be washed by the blood) and freed from sin (hence His Resurrection)!! [I pray and hope you caught the visualization of Jesus’ death and our salvation through that just now]
Now I wasn’t surprised, but in the course of the movie, there were a lot of distractions for me. I went there with a heavy mind, then they had this family with I don’t know how many kids moving around and I was very distracted, but I still was able to get a message and that how God will do it::
In the midst of everything that is going on, God will still take time out and speak to you and reveal things to you.
He is so amazing!! Now the question is asked, “Do you believe?”, and you can simply say “Yes”, but what does your “yes” mean? Is it a strict and stern “yes” no questions asked or is there some hesitation behind your “yes” and let me tell you, while watching that movie, I walked out with some hesitations.
Now I know you’re probably thinking, “But Danika, it was just a movie” and that is where you are wrong. We can’t take things so lightly. That movie was a message! It was made to wake us Christians up and get us thinking. In the movie, and I hope you seen it cuz I am about to spoil the heck out of it; well not really, but people was literally risking their lives and livelihood for the sake of Christ and I was like, “Man! Do I do that!?” Sadly for me, I don’t know if I can completely say yes to that question. **Help me Lord** Each day is a challenge and each day we are faced with something new. There will be times when we undoubtedly can agree with God and completely give Him the “go ahead” [like we really have ‘sition to do so] and then there will be times when we question Him like “are you sure you really want me to do this?!” and that all boils back down to the title of this movie: “DO YOU BELIEVE?”
If you believe, it shouldn’t matter who understands you/it or not. If you believe, it shouldn’t matter if it makes sense to you or not. If you believe, it shouldn’t matter if you live or you die. The only thing that should matter is your belief in God. It is His duty that He obligated Himself to do to take care of us and to see us through. I always have to go back and remind myself of the 55th chapter in the book of Isaiah where He says “My thoughts are not your thoughts neither your ways My ways” and realize that regardless of what I think, it may not be His thinking or whichever way I feel I will go about something may not necessarily be the way He’s thinking. For instance, I can say to myself, “Self, to make it home, you’re going to take the interstate, get off, make a few turns and that’s it” whereas He may be thinking, “There is something I want to protect her from, so she cannot take the interstate home, but go the scenic route” and sure enough, me being me, I am going to try my best to take the interstate and then ima run into some heavy traffic and turn around and go the scenic route to find out there was something that happened that I could have and would have been in the midst of had I stayed on the interstate. And see, some people would see that as maybe a coincidence, but as a believer, I don’t believe in coincidences but I believe in Godcidence. (No such word, but still catch it!) A friend once told me, and it stuck with me as you can see, you cannot have faith if you believe in
fate. Yes, there is destiny and a destination for your life, but ultimately you do make the decision on where you are going to reside in the afterlife. God does not sit in Heaven and point out each individual at the time of conception saying, “This one Heaven, this one Hell…”,
He gives us a free will to choose whom we will serve.
When you give your life to Christ, in order to be saved, you have to “confess with your mouth and BELIEVE in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that He died for our sins and rose again on the third day”. You can’t just say, “Yeah, He did that” **Tamar voice**, you have to believe as well and you have to believe it IN your heart because that is where life lives, that is where love lives. You are
dead without a heart just like you are dead without Christ and that is why He stands at the door of your heart knocking, asking you to let Him in and reside there.
Faith without actions is
Confession without belief, you are
Jesus without the cross is
Death with no resurrection is
Like my Pastor always say: “Only those who believe will receive cuz only the believer receives” and that is so true. If you believe “God is able to make all grace abound towards you” (1Cor 9:8) then you will receive that grace, but if you don’t….then well uh….you wont! Pretty simple eh?! So now back to the question that this blog is centered around and I pray you are giving your answer some thought before you open your mouth: