You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, January 19, 2014 : Getting Through What You’re Going Through {click HERE to listen!}

By Sheryll Belonga

Why can I trust the Bible? How can I know that what the Bible says is true? Why should I believe what the Bible says?

These are all valid questions that have been asked by many people all around the world and at one point by me. The answer I came up with: why not?

It’s funny how we struggle to believe the truth of the Bible. It may be that some of the stories seem so farfetched that we just can’t quite grasp them. Maybe it is because we weren’t there and can’t check its validity with someone who was.

For a moment let’s look at some of the things we find easy to believe:
• What we read in the newspaper or see on the news – After all, could they print something that wasn’t accurate. I mean, they did get it from a reliable source, right?
• What we see on TV – We basically make those characters a part of our family. We grieve when they grieve. We get angry when they are wronged. I am an emotional person so I know how it goes when you get caught up in it all.
• What we see on social media – It always surprises me how fast things get shared, especially those things that have negativity attached to them.

Now let’s look at the reason why we believe these things:
• We allow the stories to become a part of who we are. In doing so we let them into a place in our heart that gives them control over our thoughts, our actions and how we live our lives.

The difference between our belief that the Bible is true and all of the other things in is life application. But there can’t be life application without first reading the Word and letting it in.

When I first started seeking God I had someone show me what the bible says and tell me what they believed it meant. So when I read it I believed it to mean what they said it did. I never established ownership of those beliefs allowing me to trust what the Word said. I felt this was a wrong way to lead someone to the word of God. I essentially became a law abiding citizen of the land of their beliefs. I took up residence in their thoughts.

Years later, under the guidance of someone else, I was instructed on how to read and interpret the Word in order to take ownership of my beliefs. I was told that I needed to ask God to reveal to me the truths of His word. I was taught to pray and ask God to show me what He is trying to say to me through the Bible. I got quiet and listened for His voice. After consistently spending time seeking Him, His voice became clearer and clearer.

I prayed His word and asked that my thoughts and the desires of my heart line up with His. I let Him and His Word into my life thus making it a part of me. I gave up control and asked that He control my actions. I became not only a hearer of the word but a doer. It wasn’t long before I saw His Word become reality in my life, and I knew that I could trust in it.

That doesn’t mean that I never doubted again. It doesn’t mean that I don’t sometimes question whether or not it is true. It doesn’t even mean that I understand it all. It means that I choose to just believe that it is true because it hasn’t failed me yet.

In December, after much prayer, I quit my job, and in January we became faced with some financial challenges. In the midst of it my trust remains. God promised in the Bible, the words He wrote for me, that He would supply ALL of my NEEDS and I believe that. So I will continue to wait for Him to work things out.

Why can you trust the Bible? How can you know that what the Bible says is true? Why should you believe what the Bible says? I don’t think that anyone could give you an answer that will be enough. You simply have to find the answer for yourself. Open the bible and seek Him. Only He can reveal the truth that you seek.

Lord, I pray that you give us all ears to hear and hearts to receive Your word. I love You!

Sheryll Belonga is wife to Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her hearts desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

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