“The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.”
The simple question to think on today; “Do you believe this?” It’s a simple question, but it’s the answer that we tend to make difficult.
This question is one I first found in the Book of John, where Jesus is talking to Martha and Mary as He is about to raise Lazarus from the dead. He makes a statement about who He is, “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” Then afterwards asked this question, “Do you believe this?”
The easy answer is, “oh yeah of course, God’s Word is God-breathed, it’s all true, of course that’s who Jesus is.” That answer is easy to say but once again, “Do you believe this?” The easy answer may be yes, but do you really believe it to be true in your life? If you say yes again, that’s good but if you truly and really believe this, then why does your life say otherwise? How come your actions and the decisions you make say otherwise? It’s easy to answer yes and move on, but this question digs deeper than just a surface level, breeze by “yes.” What you believe, you do. If you believe you’re going to be able to run a mile, then most likely you can run a mile. If you believe you can drive to the nearest grocery store and get your groceries for the week, then you do that no problem. If you believe you can’t do something, you won’t do it. How we live and act, all we do is rooted in our belief, all we believe we can do and can’t do usually turns out to be true by our actions that follow.
I caught myself posting this verse on here earlier with this title of “do you believe this,” because I was trying to get ahead on writing this and I’ve found this to be helpful for me in the past so I thought this sounded good to say. Then later this same day, I found myself in a battle, temptation to give in and give up to sin and do the wrong thing was all around me. I found myself in a situation that I couldn’t handle, it was too much for me. Then this verse popped in my head, (thanks God), along with this question. At first I wanted to say yes and be done with it, just go ahead and give in. But this question hit me deep, I was convicted in the fact that I was going to send this to you and put you on the spot with this challenge of your belief but when challenged myself, I said “yes,” but my actions and thoughts were saying, “Come on dude, do you really believe that the name of the Lord is like a strong fortress? Because if you did you’d stop trying to handle things on your own and instead you’d run to Him! If you did then you would stop leaving yourself open to attacks from my own sinful desires, from the lies of the enemy and justifying it with actions of others in the world around you. If you REALLY believed this, you would take your troubles to God, cry out for help, and rest in the truth that in His name, He guards me from all evil and temptation. In His name He protects me, His loving arms are like walls of a fortress that can’t be torn down.
If I really believed this to be true, then I would run to God, my strong fortress and know that I am safe. In those moments, teetering back and forth between giving in to lies or giving myself up to believe the truth. I did nothing, God’s truth was too real, the stakes of this battle were too high, He helped my belief and in His name, He protected me and helped me stand strong behind His strong barriers. I was safe because of who He is. Thank God!!!!!
So if you read this today and say, “yeah, of course I believe this.” Do yourself a favor and ask again, and again. Because if you really believed this, would you be doing what you’re doing? Would you be giving into lies that say you’re too weak to handle this when God says, “you may be too weak but in my name, you’re covered and protected! Nothing can keep you from standing strong.” If you believe who God is, FOR REAL, your life will look a lot different, and by different I mean WAY BETTER than it could ever be on your own.
So…..DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?