Number 12: What do you believe?
Part of me wants to break out in the Nicene Creed (which I know mostly thanks to Third Day), but I'm afraid that wouldn't be nearly as personal. Truthfully, I do believe in God the Father (Almighty Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth). I also believe in Christ Jesus. But that relationship goes so much more deeply than I think I can explain on a blog.
How 'bout an example?
Right. Examples are always good in times like this.
Things have been difficult for Chris and I in the past six months or so. Without going into a lot of detail (because my blog is public and there are some things that just shouldn't be put on the WWW), we faced some difficulties that were completely new territory for us. At some point in time during all the mess, I simply started praying the latter part of Matthew 8:25 ("Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"). I prayed it over and over again.
A few months ago, I really felt like God gave me a verse to pull Chris and I through these difficult times. It did not occur to me until yesterday that His verse was a direct response to my prayer. See, I was praying that God would keep us from drowning. His response? "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you" (Isaiah 43:2).
He has never left me.
So when I tell you I believe in God and his resurrected son, Jesus Christ, what I mean is that I have a deep and personal testimony to a Savior who didn't leave me to my grief. He responded directly to my need--literally and figuratively.
I believe Jesus was sent by the Father: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). I believe Jesus poured out His life as a sacrifice so that we may live: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10b).
Salvation is available to you (Acts 2:21; John 10:9; Luke 18:25-27; Mark 16:16). And I truly believe you will "Taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8).