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Believe or Believer?

Do you live life from a position of believing or as a believer?

Which is your go-to position in life?

You need both! However, I’ve become aware I need to focus on Believer more often. (Yes—I used the EQ skill of self-awareness!)

This semester my women’s Bible study has been using “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer. Based on Ephesians 6, we loved the new insights we gained from this well-known passage.

Actually, when we got to the lesson on the helmet of salvation as part of our armor, I was blown away by two things.

I read this question:

How often do you think of your salvation…?

  1. Awareness #1: Other than being grateful, I don’t usually think about my salvation. Hmm, somehow I had missed how my helmet of salvation could be a serious weapon of warfare!

Salvation’s Benefit Package

Further, Priscilla wrote about “The Benefits Package” that comes with salvation. (See the first two chapters of Ephesians.)

She said, in the salvation benefits package, we receive these truths:

We are loved, holy, blameless, created for His plan, chosen, significant, saved.

  1. Awareness #2: The helmet of salvation is a way of thinking—an area of ongoing battle for me.

Thinking!

As an EQ coach it’s been drilled into me:

How we think, determines how we feel.

How we feel, determines how we act.

Think, feel, act; think, feel, act.

 

While, I have absolute belief in some areas, there are others in which I need to grow a higher level of belief.

Do you know this passage?

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”

 Mark 9:23-24 NLT 

Life the father in the verse, I can sometimes be more focused on my unbelief than on believing.

Putting on the helmet of salvation

One day, when I couldn’t seem to complete my work, I tried this shift in my thinking. Putting on my helmet of salvation, I repeated some of the truths of the benefit’s package:

  • I am loved, holy, blameless, created for His plan

Created for His plan jumped out at me. Because I strongly believe my work is part of His plan, I was able to focus on that thought and pray God’s plan for that day would be completed in me. And, on that day I accomplished a ton of work!

Did you catch that?

Because I was able to tap into my salvation benefit package—my believer’s benefit package, I was able to believe His plan. And as a result, I was able to accomplish much.

It’s not Believe or Believer—it’s both!

Think, Feel, Act:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and

right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.

Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:8 NLT