Life-Changing Faith

November 2nd, 2012

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John 6:22-40

When the disciples asked Jesus what works God was expecting of them, they were expecting a long list that they could use as a daily barometer to see how they were measuring up in this new life of faith. They were surprised to find that the checklist Jesus gave them had just one point: “Believe in the one he has sent.”

The word “believe” is an action verb. The disciples asked for a work to do, a job to be done, and Jesus tells them to “believe.” On the surface it may seem like an easy task. It’s not hard to believe in Jesus. Evidence of his life, death, and resurrection are everywhere. In the case of the disciples, Jesus was physically present. They could see him and touch him. But somehow our belief must work its way into action.

An active belief in Jesus Christ will change the way you think and the way you act. Your heart and passion will be exposed by your actions. How has your belief in Jesus changed the way you live?


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3 Responses to “Life-Changing Faith”

  1. Barbara Says:

    November 2nd, 2012 at 7:15 am

    2 Corinthians 3:2

  2. Barbara Says:

    November 2nd, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Observation only:

    For in this world we have the evil ones, just as we have the righteous ones. We have the wolves in sheep’s clothing, just as we have the grazing sheep in the fields. Furthermore, we have donkeys who can carry a heavy load; and, goats who are going to have to eat everything they have said. Likewise, we have the accusers, the defenders, the non-believers, as well as the pretenders, and the lukewarm middle of the line walkers.

    Most importantly, we have the rod of evil within this world prodding those trying to walk a righteous life to flock together for encouragement and support.

  3. Barbara Says:

    November 2nd, 2012 at 8:53 am

    The way we live “punctuates” the bible:

    .   I believe and that’s that (period).             
       !   Christ lives in me!   
       ?   Do I believe in God?   
    . . .   There has to be more . . . 
        ,   I believe in God, but . . .     
        ;   I  believe in God; but, which religion is correct?  
        :    I believe just as the colon (:) separates hours from minutes)
    Christians live separate in the world?   
       –   I define (divide) THE WORD according to the teachings of
    man, or I combine the world’s view; thus, making a
    “new word”.
      (  ) I insert an explanation according to my understanding. 
       [  ]  I listen to the footnotes in my version of the Bible
    explaining the verse/chapter/book rather than chewing
    and allowing the Holy Spirit time to flavor with
    confirmation or rebuke of my thoughts. 

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