Friday, January 12, 2018

Believing

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
–1 Pet 1:8-9

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
–Rom 10:9-11

An English writer and philosopher Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874–1936) wrote, “To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”  That’s why we labor and strive, for we have to put hope in the living God, who’s our savior, especially those that believe (1 Tim 4:10).  But how can we describe the challenges of our lives?  Maya Angelou (1928–2014), poet and civil rights activist said, “My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.”

False Idea

A philosopher and self-help author Wayne Dyer (1940–2015) remarked, “The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one.  Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self.  Ego, the false idea of believing that you are what you have or what you do, is a backwards way of assessing and living life.”  But Marina Abramovic (b. 1946), Yugoslavia-born performance artist was rather blunt about the ego: “Your ego can become an obstacle to your work.  If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity.”

Keep On Believing

Angelina Maccarone (b. 1965), a German film director advised, “Just keep om going and keep believing in your own original vision, no matter what odds you have to overcome.  And especially don’t be stopped by your own fears.”  Her comments were echoed by Joel Osteen (b. 1963), pastor and televangelist who stated, “Why don’t you start believing that no matter what you have or haven’t done, that your best days are still out in front of you.”


The king of pop Elvis Presley (1935–1977), singer-songwriter agreed with Maccarone and Osteen when he talked about his dreams: “When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies.  I grew up believing this dream.”  Just look at the icon Presley became. And Isaiah 40:31 states, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”   

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