Belief

I have been looking at these Scripture verses for a couple days now:

“…For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.

 Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:5-8, NLT).

The last part of the passage reminds me of a dream that I had many years ago. It was a time in my life when I wondered if what I said that I believed about Jesus was really what I believed. People can say they believe in Jesus, but what do they believe about Him in their heart? I wondered this of myself.

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I was on a really high mountain—so high that I was surrounded by clouds. A person who was standing an arm’s length away from me asked, “Think about… isn’t it possible that Jesus will return in a space ship?” I paused before I answered. I can see that he thought I would agree with him and he started to smile. I responded, “No, I believe He will return on a cloud.” Immediately, I woke up from my sleep. I knew then that I truly believed in Jesus. Even when I was asleep, I was still “awake.”

To me, 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8 is referring to our mind and our heart— is what we know in our mind (protected by a helmet) aligned with what we believe in our heart (protected by armor)? Do you really believe what you say you believe?

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti

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