Stretch Yourself for Lesson 13
The Power of Believing: Head to Heart Guide
We grow through stages of progressive faith in the truth. Much of the time learning to believe truth (in the Biblical sense of fullness of faith) is a process that includes being shown what truth is, searching to see if that truth is truth, beginning to hope or believe that that truth just might be true, then coming to know deep down that that truth really is true, and finally trusting our very life to it.
God's Word to us and our place in Him is so incredibly secure. He has confirmed these truths by covenants, by promises, and by the blood of His Son. Yet, our inner sense of security depends almost entirely on how truly we actually are believing the great truths of our security.
To help you process truth from your head into your heart take these steps:
1) Confess the truth (God’s truth) that you believe, even if you don’t feel like it is true. You may need to repent of and renounce any lie/untruth you had previously believed. This step may require some really determined effort on your part. Do it out loud if need be. Let your spirit know you mean business!
2) Simply know that the truth you now are coming to believe is true. Rest in knowing it. Jesus said you will know the truth and the truth will set you free—He didn’t say you will feel the truth.
3) Be upheld: As you relax into just knowing truth you eventually begin to feel the Spirit’s lifting power helping you believe with your whole heart. Feelings follow knowing. Knowing follows believing (see Psalm 46:10).
Walking in the light is when you exercise faith to believe for freedom even under attack and keep pressing forward. This week persevere in believing one truth that God has been showing you through this lesson that you really need to hold on to better:
The truth God is showing me:
The scripture(s) that will help me believe it: