Sunday, August 10, 2008

Scripture Challenge {Week 32}

Week 32 Challenge Word: Believe

“Belief equals a change in behavior.”

What a powerful statement! Our teaching leader at BSF said, “We as believers can do more damage to our Lord than any atheist. Don’t tell ‘em you’re a believer until you want to act like a believer.” And a quote from DC Talk says "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable." Such a sad, sad thought that just breaks my heart.

What about that fish you have on your car? Everyone openly sees you as a Christian if you have a fish. Well, how do you drive? Do you drive like a believer (obeying the speed limit, coming to a complete stop, etc.), or do you drive like a crazy person as you are late for church on Sunday morning? Are you setting the example or looking like every other bad driver on the road? What about that cross necklace you wear? Do your actions match that of a believer or should you hide that cross underneath your t-shirt? Think about that next time you wear that piece of jewelry or decide to drive a little crazy.

Today in our world of “tolerance,” most people don’t care what others believe. Others of us don’t feel we can openly share what we believe. Have you ever heard this saying, “If you don’t believe in God, you will find something else to believe in.”

That is so true. As humans we have a desire to cling to a belief in something whatever that may be. God gives us freedom of choice, and we can believe whatever we want but we also have to deal with the consequences. How does your life and your actions reflect that you believe God’s Word? Do you live like you believe it? What we believe about God shapes our lives and directs our behavior. German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was martyred in a Nazi concentration camp said “Only he who believes is obedient; only he who is obedient believes.” Now that’s a thought to chew on for a while.

Max Lucado has these applications for you:

“How are your beliefs changing? Growing or dissolving? Maturing or disintegrating? Hang on to the elements in your life that promote growth. Cut off activities and relationships that cause you to sin and replace them with ones that help you grow.”

How have you changed since coming to believe in Christ? What were some of the behaviors you changed immediately for Him? What are some of the behaviors that you are still working on? I know for me, I immediately stopped reading horoscopes and driving like the crazy person. Those were two areas God wanted me to stop right then as I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. How about you? Can you see how you have changed as you have believed? Can you see yourself growing and continuing to change?

For my card this week, I used the amazing August kit again from Create My Keepsake. I also used a gorgeous cross stamp that my friend Dina sent to me. She designed this set for Our Daily Bread Designs. It is called the Cross of Christ set. You can see it here. She sent the set to me just prior to its release. Can I say I was just a tad excited and blessed by this amazing gift? Thank you Dina!!!! And I am praying for you girl! I also used a frame from the All About Me kit from Unity Stamp Co. Love that frame especially with the embossing powder!
The verse I chose was:
Romans 10:9-10aThat if you can confess 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 . . "

I just love that verse along with so many others I read as I studied this week. I pray you enjoy your study, you look at how your actions match what you believe, and I pray that you will continue to grow in your belief instead of being stagnant or dissolving. Please join us at Create My Keepsake, The Scrapping Spot, Scrapjazz, and Faith Sisters for discussions and links to your cards and pages. Blessings to each of you,


Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful Scripture challenge as always, Patter. We talked about how we can now "grow" in Christ after we accepted him as our Savior... we can all continue to grow and we can display our Christianity to others in so many ways. Great examples. Thanks!

Ally0005 said...

We talked about this in SS this morning. Love how the Lord connects us all.
I'm doing the scripture challenge now and love my cards.

Stephanie said...

Great challenge, as usual, Patter. I can see you are growing as the year is progressing. The weekly challenges are getting deeper (and stepping on my toes more :) ) as we get further into this.

It is so true that our lives need to line up with what we say we believe. My husband has preached over & over that he wishes people wouldn't claim to be Christians if they're not going to act like one.

With moving, I can't scrap right now but I can't wait to get back to making my cards.

Sony said...

Love the cards... Beautiful!!!!

Sony :)

*I add your link in my blog.*

Suz said...

Great Scripture challenge Patter - I use that as my devotional on busy days. This one really called me out a bit & touched my heart...

Thanks for sharing what the Lord puts on your heart.

Prayers for you and your family

PaperCutting Kind of Day said...

Good thoughts! Do you know how many people who don't go to church don't go cause the Christians they see are what they call "hypocrites"? They see the lifestyle that doesn't seem to fit what they envision a Christian should be. They don't usually understand we are all in "process" but still, what do we model? I used to go to BSF - I need to find one around me.

Erin Bassett said...

Woo-hoo, I had a chance to do this one.

Hope you're having a fun & relaxing vaca!

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