But I Believe

“All wrong conduct is based on wrong believing.”

When you look at how you are conducting your life it is based on what you believe. Every single one of us has within us, what we believe to be our source of truth.

Your source of truth is what you have come to believe in, in this life. If you believe that control, manipulation, and intimidation will get you what you desire in life then that is your source of truth, that is what you believe. It does not matter if it is indeed truth or not but it is what you believe to be truth and it controls your actions and conduct.

As a Christian, my source of truth is the Word of God, the Bible. So my conduct or let me say the conduct that I desire to have in my life is based on what I believe and follow according to this source of truth in my life and what I believe.

It has been working really well for me for several decades of life. In my twenties when I was a drunk and a drug addict I falsely believed that these things could give me peace, satisfaction, and joy in life.

But when I turned to God, to the Bible and found out that you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free and who the Son sets free shall be free indeed my believing changed and my conduct changed.

When I found out that it is the Spirit that mortifies the deeds of the body then I found out that it is not the drug programs, AA, NA or any other program that mortify the deeds of the body but it is God’s Spirit in our lives that mortify the sinful deeds of this body.

I have said it before change only comes through God, His Word, His Spirit and others. I know we think we are so great and if we just put our minds to it we don’t need anyone or anything but that is just wrong believing.

We are the “body” of Christ, Christ being the head. We are not the eye of Christ the finger of Christ or the big toe of Christ. We are the “body” of Christ. We need God, the Word, the Spirit and others, Mr. or Ms. Independent.

I know it is humbling to admit our need of Christ in today’s society of “You can do it, there is a champion inside of you.” “You can do it Ra, Ra, you can do it !!! Is it any wonder the modern day church is in such defeat?

I don’t know how we got to where we are today but I suspect is like how the people got nudity on TV. They said they did it slowly one button at a time until the people got desensitized. Sin creeps in, sets up residence and starts a family.

All wrong conduct is based on wrong believing. My source of truth, the Bible quotes Christ as saying apart from me you can do nothing. Now I know someone would say well I can brush my teeth, scratch my back, take a walk without Christ.

Friend if God had not intervened for the human race after the fall in the garden and sent Christ into this world you would have no life today.

It is only through the love of God that you have a life today which allows you to brush your teeth and scratch your back or take a walk. You would have no life without God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

You see proper believing changed my conduct in this life. Let me break this down today. When I was a child my mother would take us to church at times. Other times I would watch Billy Graham, A.A. Allen, Oral Roberts and others on TV. I would go to VBS (Vacation Bible School) with the neighbor boy Darell Vick.

Through others and their teachings and preaching I came to faith to believe there is a God, His only begotten Son is Jesus Christ and He died on the Cross for our sins.

So truth to me was God sent his Son born of a virgin, took a body of flesh and bones, lived 33 years on this earth, was crucified on a Cross, buried in a tomb, the Holy Spirit raised Him back to life three days after his crucifixion, ascended into the Heavens and is exalted at the right hand of God.

When I speak of the Finished Work of Jesus Christ on that Cross it encapsulates all of the above things, not just His death on the Cross.

We have to understand when God came to Adam and Eve’s rescue and sacrificed an animal to cover their sinful state there was the shedding of blood and a sacrifice to cover their sins.

We have to understand today there is no tree of life for us without the Finished Work of Christ on that tree or as we put it that Cross.

There is no redemption, no recovery, no reconciliation, no restoration, no renewal, no righteousness without Christ and His Finished Work on that Cross.

In the modern church of today, they have tunnel vision. They only see Jesus hanging on the Cross when they talk about the Finished Work of Christ on the Cross.

But when the eyes of your understanding are enlightened you know gain peripheral vision and you see the whole picture of the birth, life, crucifixion, burial, resurrection, ascension, and exaltation of Jesus Christ included in this Finished Work of Jesus Christ on that Cross, you “see” it includes all.

What you believe is going to affect your conduct, be sure of it. I talk to some pretty unhappy miserable people quite often. These are people I love to pieces, care for them, pray for them. Why are they in that condition though?

What they are believing in that is contrary to the Word of God or just plain ignorance of the truth is controlling their conduct and they are miserable.

Many will blame God or wonder why “God” is allowing certain things to happen in their lives. The truth is God does allow things to happen in our lives if we believe a lie and act upon it and not the truth. God did not make us robots and force us to believe the truth, apply truth, that affects conduct.

You are going to live this day of life given to you today based on what you perceive truth to be. You will think, speak, act, react, respond in a fashion based on what is truth to you and your conduct will follow.

I’m not trying to be mean but if you are miserable, hateful, bitter, resentful, spiteful, hateful, proud, arrogant, depressed, downcast, disillusioned, in bondage to some things in life that is, wrong conduct, that is not God’s abundant life for you.

Check yourself, how you are living based on what you believe. Many, many, many people say they believe in God but they have no idea how to live this life according to the Word of God.

Closing with these words of Christ. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but I have come that you might have life more abundant.

Are you living the Abundant Life today that Christ offers? Keep in mind today:

“All wrong conduct is based on wrong believing.”