Devotions from the Word in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Granada Heights Friends Church.
The following is an excerpt from the devotional book. Books are available for purchase in the church office.
ROOT BELIEFS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
by Dan E.
But you were unwilling to go up;
you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God.
You grumbled in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so He
brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites
to destroy us. Where can we go? Our brothers have made our hearts
melt in fear. They say, “The people are stronger and taller that we are;
the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there."
Deuteronomy 1:26-28 NIV
We don’t choose the circumstances that come our way. But we choose how we interpret them and how we respond. And that’s what made the difference between the rebellious people of God (resulting in a 40-year trek in the wilderness) and Caleb with his singular reputation: [he] has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly Numbers 14:24 NIV
The root belief chosen by the Israelites at this time was that God hated them, even after all the things they had seen and experienced on their way from Egypt to the gateway of the Promised Land. If you and I held that same belief about God, of course we’d think the giants in the land were there to eat us alive – that was God’s intention, wasn’t it? But Moses explains a bit further on in the same chapter that he, Joshua and Caleb by implication, had chosen a different view, in the face of the exact same circumstances – that God loved them, would fight for them, was guiding them and was watching out for them like a father cares for his children. The belief you choose makes all the difference. Because of this, Caleb received a remarkable testimony from God himself: But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. Numbers 14:24 NIV
It’s essential to realize that our sinful nature continually
wants to pull us back to wrong beliefs about God. Root beliefs, often subconscious, seed the
fruit of all our decisions, words and feelings.
So, for example, when we experience the fruit of fearing the worst, it
comes from hosting root beliefs like:
God really doesn’t care for us, or he isn’t powerful enough or he doesn’t even care what’s going on. We all need to check our root beliefs about God and then check them again regularly. And as the Israelites experienced, our friends and people we hang around with can affect those beliefs. (Our brothers have made our hearts melt with fear).
Chose to renew your mind, let the scriptures be your guide and be an encourager of others to consider God as he really is.
- When you picture God, what image comes to mind? Perhaps an image of a teacher, a keeper of accounts, a disciplinarian, a master craftsman, a fighter on your behalf or a doting father. Talk to God the image you have of Him.
- If you’re continually worrying about something, what does that say about your belief about God?
- If you believed with all your heart that God loves you and wants the best for you and longs to have a deep relationship with you, now would that change the way you think and live?