We should make a conscious effort to know what we believe, being fully aware of what values to stand on. If someone cruises through life not really taking a stand on anything, they can be blown to and fro by the winds of political correctness, or any other secular whim.
By taking a personal inventory of our beliefs, we can have a pretty good idea of our future, because God gives us what we believe. For example, if you believe you will receive a healing, you will, although, it’s possible God has other plans. But, if you believe a healing is only for people who are deserving, then you won’t receive.
Do you recall what the lady believed, who touch the fringe of Jesus’s robe, and was instantly healed, she demonstrated the significance of belief. She thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” (Matt 9:21) She was trusting the power of God to heal her, believing Jesus was a conduit for this power. She acquired faith through the words of Jesus, manifesting belief within the heart.
“Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.”
Matthew 9:22 NLT
Healing is by belief, paid for by Jesus while he was being whipped. Belief is the definition of faith, and faith is the foundation for everything God makes available to us. We are made right with God by belief, believing the Good News, that the blood of Jesus cleanses us, and that we will be resurrected when the time comes. Nothing good from God is available to someone who does not believe, their heart is not open to receive.
If someone has succumbed to fear or doubt, choosing not to go forward with a task or dream within the heart, then their future will be shaped by faithlessness. If someone fails to believe Jesus saves, then they will not be saved. If someone carries a pessimistic perspective, then generally the worst will happen. If someone does not believe God is good and loving, then they will never see that side of him. If someone believes God is mean and accusing, then all they will receive is judgment.
But, having said all that, people can change their minds, they can wake up and see the light, then have a new perspective on truth. In this way, we have the ability to change our lives, altering our eternal existence.
Belief is what forms the path we walk, and if a heart is filled with fear and doubt, then that path will have constant struggle and failure. But, if someone believes God is loving and full of adventures, then the path will be fulfilling and meaningful. Therefore, why not take hold of your future, take inventory of your beliefs, see exactly what is in your heart, then contemplate if that is the way you want to go.
While still breathing, we always have the option of altering our beliefs, that’s a wonderful benefit of free will. If we seek truth in the direction we’d like our future to be, tenaciously looking past fruitless distractions, the heart will sway toward holiness as belief builds from seen or unseen evidence. Sometimes we just know, even in the absence of evidence, sometimes it’s mostly a choice, but if we learn to follow the Holy Spirit‘s guidance, then we can follow our heart.