What makes the biggest difference in how your life goes? Not money. Not looks. Not skin color. Not education. None of these. No, what makes the number one difference in how your life goes is the whole matter of who and what you choose to believe.
What you believe about life. What you believe about other people. What you believe about money. What you believe about morality, drugs, alcohol and yourself. But most of all, what you believe about God.
That’s the most important one:
See, what you believe sets the course for everything else in your life. That’s why it’s important who you listen to. What you read. What you allow to come into your spirit. Because, ultimately, these are the things that WILL direct your life.
What about the people you’re hanging out with? What influence are they having on you? What are you BECOMING? Are you spending time with the people who will help you to become what God has planned for you? Are you READING what you need to read? Or instead, are you filling your head with mindless chatter, garbage and idiotic thoughts from TV?
Who and WHAT you believe is the most important factor in your life right now:
I’ve believed a lot of wrong things in the past. Like, I used to believe in Santa Claus. I used to believe that I looked good with long matted hair and in bell bottoms.
I’ve also wrongly believed that certain people were worthy of my trust, and then was set up for hurt and failure. In fact, I STILL tend to believe in people rather easy. I still tend to believe that people mean well, and that they are basically sincere. And, I’m sure I’ll be hurt from time to time as a result of what I’m believing.
Why can’t we treat God like that? Like me, you probably from time to time believe in people, just because you take them at their world. It’s a matter of courtesy and common respect. But, we don’t give God the same courtesy or respect.
In fact, in times of adversity, or times of trial, we’ll believe the devil when he says that God isn’t being faithful, or that God has forsaken us. In times of doubt and unbelief, we’ll give the devil all the credit in the world, even though he’s been a lair from the beginning.
But, if God promises us something good, we just shake our heads and shrug Him off. We decide not to take Him at His word because of our own weakness and inability to believe. But, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” (Romans 3:4) I’m here to encourage you to find faith in God.
God not only deserves your belief, but He invites you to PROVE that He doesn’t lie. Malachi 3:10 says: “Prove Me now…” God says, “Prove me now, if you suspect that My word isn’t true. Prove Me now if you think that I have left you or forsaken you. Prove Me now if you think that I don’t answer your sincere prayers according to My Word. Prove me now and have your doubts removed. Prove Me now and “be not faithless, but believing.” (John 20:27).
Most of the promises have an “if” attached to them. “If” you do such and such, THEN will I do thus and so. These are promises where you enter into agreement with God. You agree to do what He says, and He agrees to honor your words and actions.
For example, in this verse, Malachi 3:10, He says “Prove me now.” What’s the condition? If you want to prove God in the area of your money, the condition you need to meet is right here in this verse. “Bring ye all the tithes (that’s 10% of your income) into the storehouse (your local church) that there may be meat (spiritual food) in My house.
Not one of us prove God’s promise for our money until we have brought all of our tithe into the storehouse. Because that’s the condition, the “if” that God put on His promise so it can be proved. What about where He says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me.” (Psalm 50:15) The only way to prove God here is to have a day of trouble, and then to call upon Him. Or, where He says in John 6:37, “He that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” What a sweet promise. But, you can’t prove this promise unless you come to Jesus.
Conditions are descriptions of the people God has made these promises to. He says, “To this man will I look, even to him who is of a poor and contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word.” (Isaiah 66:2). That means, when you find that He’s just given a description of your condition, that you also find a promise that you can prove God with! You now have “a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15).
What about, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him?” (Isaiah 55:7) Prove God! Let Him give you the grace to forsake yourself destructive ways, and your evil thoughts! And, return to God!
Help from Heaven. Hasn’t God proven Himself to you over? Hasn’t this been your experience? Can’t you say like David of old, “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles?” (Psalm 34:6). Hasn’t He always been to you “a very present help in time of trouble?” (Psalm 46:1).
Some of God’s promises don’t even HAVE conditions. He says, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3) There’s no condition here. All you have to do is pray, “Lord, I believe that you DO love me with an everlasting love, and that You have drawn me to You.”
Or, “I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye SHALL keep My judgments and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:27). You humbly bring this verse to God, and say, “Have You Said this? Then, Lord, DO it.”
If God gives you a promise, don’t be afraid to prove Him in it. You say, “But I am so weak! I’m not strong like I was before!” Doesn’t He say this for you? “When I am weak, then I am strong?” (2 Cor. 12:10).
What could possibly glorify God more than proving His word is true? When you get down on your knees and say, “Lord, you have said that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Timothy 1:15) and that, “Whosever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21). Lord, that means that Jesus came for ME. So, I call upon Your Name, believing that You SHALL save me.”
What could you do, to glorify God any more than that? You might be the person who’s feeling like your sins are overwhelming…like you have been so unfaithful, so disloyal – Prove God! He says, “Through this man (Jesus) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins, and by Him all that believe are freely justified.” (Acts 13:38-39) Doesn’t He also invite you to prove that “I, even I am He that blotteth out thy transgressions, and will not remember thy sins?” (Isaiah 43:25).
Prove God! Believe God! Call upon Him and He will answer thee! Seek Him and ye shall find Him! Come to Him, and He will in no wise cast you out!