Become What You Believe
22 April 2017
Reading: 1 Samuel 25-26; Psalm 63; Matthew 9
27 As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, “Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!” 28 When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe I can do this?” They said, “Why, yes, Master!” 29 He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” It happened! They saw! (Matthew 9:27-29 MSG)
The blind men had heard of Jesus’ reputation and believed he could do for them what he had done for others. When they were given the opportunity to meet Jesus, he asked a question about their faith. Then Jesus touched their eyes and said, in effect, “You say you believe. Now become what you truly believe.”
I believe that by God’s grace and through the gift of faith, I am God’s child and he is my Abba, my daddy. I was born again spiritually through faith in Jesus Christ, and daily I am learning to live my life more and more as the new me, the Spirit me. For much of my life as a Christ-follower I disliked and despised the old me, the “carnal me.” Then I began to realize that God loved the “old me” enough that he sent his Son Jesus to rescue the “old me” and give life to the “new me.” The book, “Abba’s Child” by Brennan Manning was a tremendous help to me in this exciting season of my life. If you have access to books, I recommend you read it.
I believe I am a new creation, a new person in Christ, and that I am growing in grace through learning who I am, learning the love of my Father, drawing closer to him in his word, his presence, and by his Spirit. I believe I am Abba’s child and that I am living more from my new self, my true self. (Sometimes it seems as if it’s three steps forward and two steps back!) I am becoming what I believe!
If you’re stuck where you’ve always been, if your life seems to be more about the old you than the new you, I encourage you to begin asking the God of the Universe to reveal himself to you as “Abba, Father, and Daddy!” It’s working for me. I’m becoming what I believe!
Father, I believe. Please help me with my doubts and my fears. I purpose to agree faithfully and quickly with what you say and to act on what I believe. I believe I am who you tell me I am, and I know I am becoming what I believe. Amen.