The phrase “I believe” is one of the most powerful phrases in our language, yet how often do we say those two words without really thinking about them? In the modern Christian world those two words get a lot of air time but – do we really believe? Or do we just believe that we believe?

In reality, what we say we believe really doesn’t mean much if our actions don’t follow our words.

Here’s why this is important

Your beliefs govern what you think, say, and do. Your beliefs govern every area of your life. What you believe about any area of your life, your ability, or your future will either limit your life or cause your life to be limitless. Heading into 2014, I think it’s good that we examine what we believe and, more importantly, why we hold those beliefs.

I’d like you to take some time to consider these six statements. This is my declaration for 2014. Actually, it’s been my declaration for some time now but I’m making it an emphasis in my life for 2014. You will find six statements of what I believe, the result of that belief, and a scripture reference as to why I believe that.

Because I Believe …
God’s word is true … I have confidence

Psalm 119:89 (NKJV) 89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

God is good … I have peace.

Acts 10:38 (NKJV) how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him

God is all-powerful … I will not fear.

Psalm 27:1 (NKJV) The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

God loves me … I have security.

Romans 5:8 (NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There’s an empty tomb … I have victory

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV) But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus is coming again … I have hope

John 14:2-3 (NKJV) 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

I invite you to join me in making these declarations of faith in 2014. I encourage you to read these and say them out loud to yourself because as Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:13…we have the same spirit of faith…we believe therefore we speak!

Pastor Brian