Evidence of our Belief
by Kristine Brown on May 13th, 2016


​They approached me with smiles on their faces once again. At first I thought they were just trying to be friendly to new visitors. But their positive attitudes continued for several weeks. It didn’t take long for me to notice the pattern.

I couldn’t help but sense something different about them. But what could it be?

My first thought was this difference came from their belief in Jesus. But I was a believer too, even though I’d just recently recommitted my life to God. What was their secret? They radiated encouragement all the time. It felt good just being around them. I knew they had problems just like everyone else, so how could they be so happy? I didn’t know the answer, but I determined to find it.
 
“Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?”
Isaiah 53:1 NLT
 
Today’s verse is the beginning of a well-known chapter in Scripture. The powerful passage in Isaiah reveals the coming Messiah, and how some people would not believe in Him. Even seeing His miracles with their own eyes would not be evidence enough. Verse 4 says, “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”

God emphasizes through Isaiah how some would not understand or accept Jesus, even as He suffered for our sins. Yet I can’t help but notice Isaiah’s second sentence in today’s key verse. “To whom has God revealed His powerful arm?”

Through Jesus, God worked miracles to demonstrate not only His love for all people, but also His power. Some believed, while others questioned. Then after Jesus’ resurrection, God continued revealing His powerful arm. And, that power still continues today.
 
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Romans 15:13 ESV
 
This is why my new-found church friends had something deep inside that fueled my desire to learn more about God. They didn’t just believe; they relied on the power at work in their lives. And through reading God’s Word and seeking more of Him, I learned a valuable lesson.
 

​God’s power in our lives is the evidence of our belief.


​I remember the times I’ve grumbled and complained at work or spouted off negative comments in the company of friends. I wonder how those comments affected others. Did my friends question my faith? Did they wonder how a believer could be so bitter?

Lord, forgive me for those times and help me to do better.

I want to be like those church members who exuded enthusiasm for the Lord. I want others to look at me and say, “There’s something different about her.” And maybe through seeing the power of God in my life, someone else will want to learn more about Jesus, too.

So let’s resolve to draw closer to Him today and seek more of His power in our lives. Let’s strive to be more like those who radiate the kind of joy that only comes from our Savior. Then we can walk with confidence and happiness, knowing our belief is evident to everyone we meet.

​Blessings Soul Friends,
​Kristine Brown is a writer, dramatist, and teacher. She helps women and teen girls navigate the ups and downs of real life. 

Kristine devotes her time to family, freelance writing, and her nonprofit ministry, More Than Yourself, Inc.

You can read more from her at http://www.morethanyourself.com.


Posted in Soul Deep Scripture    Tagged with #IBelieve, Isaiah


5 Comments

Liz - May 14th, 2016 at 7:01 AM
Love this.... I have been wondering lately, too what people think when they see me out and about with scripture on my shirt or a necklace that says I have "faith." Do they shake their heads when I run a yellow light or notice the impatient tone in my voice when my children dawdle or .... Lord help me to be a good and faithful ambassador to Your people, so that they see you when they look at me. xo
Lisa Appelo - May 14th, 2016 at 7:50 AM
This was our cornerstone scripture this year, memorized with my kids. Such a rich passage!!
Liz - May 15th, 2016 at 2:29 AM
I often let the flesh take over, forgive me Lord for not showing your grace and patience
Kristi Woods - May 17th, 2016 at 8:08 AM
%u200B"God%u2019s power in our lives is the evidence of our belief." - Amen. I've had my share of complaining, grumbling, etc. In fact, the Lord clicked on the light over some of it recently. Romans 15:13 makes a wonderful prayer for all of us.
Kadie @ 12 twenty 8 - June 7th, 2016 at 12:43 PM
Yes! Yes! Yes!! I love this post! It is so hard sometimes, but we need to keep our focus upward!
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