Our belief system is the motherboard wiring our responses to our day.  It controls our thinking, sending us in powerful directions based on what we’ve programmed into it.  That system is the GPS of your life and if you’re not plugged into God’s providential system designed with you in mind, you might indeed find yourself blowing a circuit.  Your belief may be the bread of life, or it may just get you in a jam.  Sometimes it’s worth taking a closer look at our programming.  Some of our old beliefs may have changed and if we’re growing in wisdom and knowledge as we age, then some new beliefs should be powering us up in significant ways.

It’s worthwhile to measure the strength of the things we say we believe.   For instance, if we say we believe that not eating bread might make a difference in helping us lose weight, but we have bread at every meal, then that belief was not very strong.  If we say we believe in prayer, but only pray when everything about life is going haywire, we may not be getting the results from prayer we had been striving for.

What is the foundation of your belief then? What does it depend upon?  If it depends on a certain job or a certain relationship or person than how does that impact you?  If it is based on a false witness that you have carried around within yourself from childhood, how does that change your direction?  What is it that gives you the strength to be authentically you?  What makes you step out in faith that is unwavering, unfailing, powered by something greater than yourself?

That kind of thought should give you pause, should make you want to quiet yourself long enough to discover the truth that already exists for you, the truth that your loving Redeemer has already instilled in you.  In John 6, when Jesus talks to the disciples about signs and miracles and the manna that was given their forefathers in the desert, He reminds them of a truth.  He says Moses did not provide the manna, but God is the true bread.  “For the Bread of God is He Who comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.”

The disciples then asked Jesus to give them that bread for always and He replied that He was indeed the Bread of the World.  A few moments after that, He concludes the conversation with them by saying,  “although you have seen me, still you do not believe and trust and have faith.”

Most of us are still seeking the  true Bread  to help us in some area of our lives.  We get ourselves in one fix after another, one jam called divorce, or job loss, or ill health and we start to wonder if there’s some other way to think, some other belief to embrace.  We start to look within to see if we have all the answers, but the truth is we don’t.  We have to add to our belief, the things like trust and faith because only with them can we get the full picture, the whole understanding.  Only then can we pray and cast our bread upon the waters and wait with patience for the answers to come back according to the plan already in place by our GPS…God’s providential system.

Let’s be more aware of the things we claim to believe, or the the things we say we have faith in.  Let’s seek the incredible goodness, the nourishment and enrichment of the One who is indeed the Bread of life.  That’s worthy of your belief system.   Stay strong…keep believing.

  1. mark says:

    GREAT topic Karen, thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    Perhaps it is beneficial to consider the difference(s) between “belief” and “knowledge.”

    From the dictionary:

    Belief (is defined as) the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true.

    Knowledge (is defined as) (i) expertise, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; (ii) what is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information; or (iii) awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation. Knowledge acquisition involves complex cognitive processes: perception, learning, communication, association and reasoning. The term knowledge is also used to mean the confident understanding of a subject with the ability to use it for a specific purpose if appropriate.

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    So, perhaps the idea concerning faith is to develop it not by believing but by watching, analyzing, investigating, learning, fully understanding and then running it through the filter of what we’ve already experienced, and then determining what “is” — and with that knowledge begin applying the spiritual teachings, from wherever or whoever they come from, with confidence.

    One can always disbelieve tomorrow what one believes today, but one cannot un-know something once it is known.

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