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Believe or Not Believe

Believe it or not; God is who He says He is and God does what He says He will do.

Belief is key to our eternal destiny. In his letter to the church, Jude states that he wanted to write about the wonderful, amazing, too-good-to-be-true salvation that we share but that he needed to write about the false teachers who were leading people away from the power of believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He reminds us all about Cain the Israelites who saw the power of God to bring them out of Egypt but got out into the desert and doubted God. He also talks about the fallen angels who left their position of authority and home in heaven because they did not believe God. He claims that the judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah is a picture of the eternal fire that God tells us was prepared for the fallen angels but will be shared by human beings who do not believe.

Jude 1:5-7 states:

“Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered His people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these He has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

God is a God of His Word and He will be a God of His Word whether you believe or not. When you breathe in what is so beautiful and magical about this world like monarch butterflies and children dancing and playing, it’s hard to think of a God who would destroy it all with fire. But that is the God He says He is. We may not like His plan. We may not understand how leaving the fallen angels and unbelieving people behind can be a good however, we need to believe that God is good, and He says He will do that one day.

We can’t make anyone believe, but we can tell others what God says about Himself and offer them a chance to believe themselves out of judgment.

It really comes down to this: believe that God sent His Son Jesus Christ so that anyone who believes in Him will escape the deserved punishment of our sin. We can believe or not believe. God is the one who gives us that power. I don’t want to stop believing!

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About Dr. Deborah Newman
Dr. Deborah Newman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a graduate of Bryan College, Grace Theological Seminary and Oxford Graduate School. She is the minister to Women and Congregational Care at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. She is the author of many books including “Comfortable in Your Own Skin: Making Peace With Your Body Image,” “Beauty Secret: Tips for Teens from the Ultimate Makeup Artist,” “How to Really Love God as Your Father”, “Loving Your Body”,“Passion on Purpose”, “A Woman's Search for Worth,”‘And Then God Created Woman”, and co-author of “Passages of Marriage, “Love is a Choice Workbook,” “Day by Day Love is a Choice,” and “The Thin Disguise”.

She writes weekly on teatimeforyoursoul.com. She has contributed to numerous magazines and book projects. She has been guests on television and radio, including New Life Live, and Focus on the Family. She leads seminars and retreats across the country and internationally.

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