Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Do You Believe This?

Really it all comes down to this, don’t you think?

He said, “Your sins will I remember no more.” Do you believe this?

He said He rescues people (like us) because He delights in them. Do you believe this?

He revealed that He devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from Him. Do you believe this?

He said that He works all things to the good of those who love Him. Do you believe this?

He said that nothing is off the table, but that all things are possible to him or to her that believes. Do you believe this?

He said that He would never fail, forget or forsake us. Do you believe this?

He said that even if one who believes in Him dies, yet shall he or she live; and that whoever was both alive and a believer in Him would never die. Then He asked, “Do you believe this?”

My sisters…my brothers…my friends…can you, dare you, do you believe this?

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4 thoughts on “Do You Believe This?

  1. Anonymous on said:

    I think I have problems with believing this whole-heartedly though I want to. I remember my sins. I remember we were a dysfunctional family. I know we did not live perfectly (far from it) but we did all believe in God and we tried to do things God wanted. We had experiences that made forgiving difficult at times. I know what God has told us and I want to shout out to the world that we are taken care of by our God and will be with him no matter what. Why, because we did believe in him and were baptized and tried to follow his word. We knew that we did not measure up to other servants of God. When I was younger there seemed to be a lot of people who had it all together. I thought surely God was more pleased with them than our Family. I think that is part of why I can’t say that I accept these things without a doubt. But I do feel we are forgiven and accepted by God no matter. I know we have examples in
    God’s word where people were not perfect either, and God loved them and Forgave them, and they entered the Kingdom of Heaven. King David, Paul, the man who died next to Jesus on the Cross, the lady who was sinful and people wanted to stone her to death. God was longsuffering w/Israel because he planned to bring Jesus thru them for the saving of this world. But I see all the people he dealt with, and was so forgiving of, but I feel like we should have known better and done better in so many ways. But we are still part of the human race and our journey here brings many phases to live thru that are bumps in the road (big bumps at times).

    But I know that, no matter what, we all did Believe in God and wanted to talk about him often and more often now that we are older.

    What do you think of this?

    I wish I could get it that without a shadow of a doubt God will save us. According to all the things Doug said on his blog. I hope I do understand this more and more as I get older. I pray God will help me understand this so I understand what a Greater Blessing this is to be his loving child that he takes care of (like a shepherd), in spite of their human ways (sins). We always are sinners because of our weakness in this body. That is why we Need Him So Much.

    Gail

    • oakesclan on said:

      Hey sis,
      To “get it” “without a shadow of doubt” is not possible for us here and now. I think we often overstate or oversing our case regarding faith. We make faith sound like it’s only for intellectual giants who have taken in all the evidence and come to the inevitable conclusion that there is a God. Fact is…it’s about faith. That means we aren’t able to go to the laboratory and prove “beyond a shadow of a doubt” that God exists and that His love for us is real. But we aren’t in serious doubt of these things, are we? We do consider the evidence for and against. We’ve come down on the side of “for God.” So…don’t be hard on yourself for not having a “beyond the shadow of doubt” kind of faith. Join the club. We are all in the same boat. And we are going to keep on rowing.

  2. John W. Brooks on said:

    And that’s why it’s called “faith.” It’s believing what we can’t see, what we don’t feel (oft-times) and what we doubt (too many times). Thanks for reminding us of love’s reality, brother!

    (P. S. Did Gail change her last name to “anonymous”? Ha!)

    Uncle John

    • oakesclan on said:

      Amen, John. I guess I wish that we would speak more clearly regarding what “approved” Bible faith really is. Every single man and woman of faith in the Bible did not always act in faith. The fact that they were afraid or in doubt at times doesn’t alter their status before God as people of faith. That’s true of us as well. It’s time we speak, sing and pray the whole truth about that. I think some people may be drawing the wrong conclusion about what faith really is, don’t you?
      And yes, my sister is “anonymous.” She doesn’t want anyone to know she is my sister. (HA HA)

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