verb ~ be·lieve | \ bə-ˈlēv
Definition of believe
1 a: to consider to be true or honest
b: to accept the word or evidence of
2: to hold as an opinion
1 a: to accept something as true, genuine, or real
b: to have a firm or wholehearted religious conviction or persuasion: to regard the existence of God as a fact
2: to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something
3: to hold an opinion
verb ~ be·long | \ bi-ˈlȯŋ , bē-\
belonged; belonging; belongs
Definistion of belong
1 a: to be suitable, appropriate, or advantageous
b: to be in a proper situation
2 a: to be the property of a person or thing --used with to
b: to be attached or bound by birth, allegiance, or dependency --usually used with to
c: to be a member of a club, organization, or set --usually used with to
3: to be an attribute, part, adjunct, or function of a person or thing
4: to be properly classified
Do you believe God? Believe in God? and/or Belong to God? There are many humans who believe in the existence of a Creator, a Supreme Being, in essence God. There are those who believe in God, HIS word, HIS promise, HIS light, HIS truth, and HIS revelation. And then there are those, which is the smallest in number of the three groups, who belong to God. What a person believes, believes in and belongs to changes the outcome of their life. Each individual is given a free choice to believe God or not, believe in God or not, and/or belong to God or not. For me, belonging has made the greatest difference...it is always being at home, never lost. It is always be secure, never insecure. It is always having value, purpose and destiny. It is always knowing who I am because I belong to God, I am HIS daughter. I am at home in HIS Presence.
Annually I read through the Gospels of Jesus Christ and this year I noticed something in a different way. When Jesus first began in ministry, fulfilling the call of God on HIS life, He had 12 disciples, and crowds of thousands following Him. As long as the signs, wonders and miracles prevailed He was popular. In His third year of ministry, when He left Jericho on His way to Jerusalem, the believers heralded Him as King, the unbelievers walked away, and the religious leaders falsely accused Him. Shortly thereafter, following the Passover meal, one of his disciples departed to betray Him. In the garden of Gethsemane, none of the remaining disciples could stay awake to pray with Him. As in all things when it is easy, the crowds that follow are large. When it is not easy, the ones you counted on have fallen asleep. Not one disciple encouraged Yeshua to go to the cross, even though it was the complete fulfillment of HIS destiny. The redemption of humanity was the most important action of His time on earth. It was the time when HIS obedience mattered the most. Although I wish it wasn't true and that it was someone else's story, I have noticed the same in the last 24 years of ministry. In the beginning, everyone was excited, supportive, encouraging and wanted to be in my inner circle of friends. Now, most of those that were there in the beginning have taken other paths, some faithful few have moved to heaven, and in the times when I have needed prayer and/or financial support the most...it has been the least. As I have purposed to walk out the Calling of God in my life, the betrayals have increased, just as it did with Yeshua. I am grateful that HE is my faithful model, mentor, and friend. I am grateful that HE is always faithful and true as I have learned true eternal joy is found only in complete obedience to ELOHIM!
Scripture references: Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
As a parable…we are living in the Kingdom of God. In HIS Kingdom on earth are various educational facilities. God is the superintendent. Jesus Christ is the entrance administrator. The Teacher is the Holy Spirit. Everyone in God’s Kingdom is tested at one time or another. When we fail a test, God offers it again and again until we pass. As we mature in our spiritual relationship, God may invite us to be the test paper for someone else taking a test. Usually it is a test that we have passed so that we know how to mentor, pray and encourage the person taking the test.
As a forerunner in HIS Kingdom, because of the call on my life, I am the test paper. Painfully I have learned that it is essential not to take “being the test paper” assignment personally. Because we all know if someone passes a test…they take you to dinner, buy you flowers and chocolates and you immediately become their best friend. However, if they fail the test, it immediately becomes your fault, you become their least favorite person, hopefully they don’t betray you, but they might. One of the most common ways that a testimony is developed is because someone took a test and either failed, passed, or excelled.
It is essential to remember that it is in fact God’s Kingdom, HE is the superintendent, Jesus Christ is the entrance administrator and the Holy Spirit is the teacher. It is important not to get our role mixed up with theirs.
Scripture references: Genesis 22:1; Exodus 16:14; Exodus 20:20; Judges 7:4; Jeremiah 17:10; Proverbs 17:3; Psalm 105:19; Hebrews 11:17; 1 Peter 1:7; Revelation 2:10.
P.S. At this juncture in time I find myself extraordinarily grateful for the many teachers, professors, mentors, supervisors and leaders that have graciously been my test paper as I have walked through this life in the Kingdom of God on earth!
A Legacy is a Gift to the Next Generation. Each individual chooses the type of Legacy they will leave their family and friends. I am very grateful that my Dad chose to leave me a Legacy of Life.
In loving memory of My Dad (Clarence Franklin Easton 03.17.1924-10.04.2000)...the one who taught me to Walk in Integrity, Stand in Faith, Trust in God, Work Hard, Seek Wisdom, Ask Questions, Never Stop Learning, Speak Truth, Never Give Up, Respect America's Flag, Pray Often, Avoid Addictions, Be on Time, Keep Commitments, Love Unconditionally, Be Strong not Dominating, Forgive Often and read the Bible daily. He was a first generation Christian, a WWII Veteran, a brother, uncle, Dad, husband, grandfather and friend. He left a rich legacy for his family. What I miss the most is that he always believed in me.
Many years ago, my daughter invited a friend from her Girl Scout Troop to spend the night. Angela (age 11) was taking a beginning sewing class to earn her first badge in Girl Scouts. The troop leader was the mother of the friend spending the night.
During the course of the evening, my daughter's friend, also age 11, make a comment about being "Lucky!" I immediately corrected her and said that because we were Christians we didn't believe in "Luck" we believed in God. The little girl smiled and said that she was also a Christian and she learned in her Sunday School class that LUCKY was an acronym for LIVING UNDER CHRIST'S KINDNESS YES! I immediately apologized for correcting her and thanked her for teaching me something new that day. Sometimes children are the best teachers. May we all be fortunate enough to live L.U.C.K.Y. lives every day!
A color intermediate in the spectrum between yellow and blue, an effect of light with a wavelength between 500 and 570 nm; found in the nature as the color of most grasses and leaves while growing, of some fruits while ripening, and of the sea.
Spiritual metaphors: Spiritual and Earthly Prosperity, Full of Life, Wholeness, Completeness, Refreshing, Growth, Life, New Life, Tree of Life, Rest, Fruitful, Maturity, Hope, Joy, Bright Promises, Overcoming, Evergreen, Springtime, New Beginnings, Glory of God and Glory of Saints. Tribe of Reuben, 4th Stone on Breastplate: Emerald Green, 1st Gate.
A sample of Biblical scriptures: Genesis 1:30; Psalms 23:2, 52:8, 92:12-15; Jeremiah 17:7-8; Song of Songs 2:1; Isaiah 15:6; Ezekiel 17:24; Mark 8:24; 1 Peter 1:24; Acts 5:30; Revelation 4, 21, and 22.
Each person is called, anointed, chosen, blessed and favored to be a child of the MOST HIGH GOD, created for HIS Eternal Glory. Each individual is given the unique choice to participate in a relationship with FATHER GOD, JESUS CHRIST the SON, and HOLY SPIRIT in as much as they desire. The door to relationship is always wide open. Jesus Christ is the righteous judge (1 John 2:1, 2 Timothy 4:1-8). It is HE that chooses who enters the Eternal Kingdom of GOD, also known as heaven. Doctrine, theology, opinion, perspective are not the judge, only Jesus. It does not mean that doctrine, theology, opinion, and perspective do not have value, they do, yet they are not the final answer.
In my quest for understanding, some seasons ago the Holy Spirit highlighted the following Scriptures as a revelation regarding different types of relationships that people may choose to have with the Holy Trinity.
Believers: (John 1:12-13, John 20:30-31, Romans 3:21-26)
Followers: (Mark 4:10, 9:41)
Disciples: (Matthew 11:1-2, Luke 9:18)
Child of God: (Mark 10:15) ...also known as son and daughter of God.
Servant of God: (Matthew 20:26-28)
They are relationships. One is not more important than another. It is not about good, bad, right, wrong, better, or worse. A relationship with ELOHIM has intrinsic eternal value and that is truly what matters most. They simply are opportunities of eternal relational value with the God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 22:37-40 is the heart and passion of Christianity and I know that when each believer, follower and disciple of Christ Jesus, when each child and servant of God invests their life fulfilling these words…Christianity will transform planet earth.
When one is looking for truth as an idea, concept, belief, value, moral code or goal it is imperative to keep looking, to never give up, to follow through, to finish the assignment, to not accept delay, to avoid distraction, to persevere.
When you know Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who is the eternal substance of truth, it is easier to identify truth when it arrives in your life. Deception is always the absence of truth. It is essential to spend more time with Eternal Truth.
Simply spoken: More of Yeshua in your life equals more truth and less deception.
For HIS lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 117:2, NASB).
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32, NASB).
"Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right" (1 Peter 4:19, NASB).
"To choose to suffer means that there is something wrong; to choose God's will even if it means suffering is a very different thing. No healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he chooses God's will as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not." Oswald Chambers
When we choose to trust God with the outcome of our lives, then our character (reactions, responses, decisions, attitudes) reflects the character of Christ Jesus and we glorify God, just like Yeshua, who dwells within us.
In reading through Zechariah, the Holy Spirit highlighted these specific verses, I trust they will be an encouragement to you for HIS Eternal Glory.
‘For I,” declares the LORD, ‘will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst’ (Zechariah 2:5, NASB).
“Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the LORD (Zechariah. 2:10, NASB).
Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts (Zechariah 4:6, NASB).
This day HIS words brought me gifts of hope, faith, joy, happiness, protection, strength and encouragement.