When my son was 4 years old we took him to the Spring Fair our church was having. There were lots of things for the kids to do-rides, a petting zoo, cotton candy, and games to play, all the usual activities that are at a normal fair. My son was having a wonderful time until he saw a clown walking toward him, then he began clinging to me in complete terror as it approached us. “It’s just Ms. Shelly dressed in a clown suit,” I said to him, trying my best to comfort and console him.
“You know her.” But there was no way he believed me; in his little 4 year old mind, that was NOT Ms. Shelly, it was a clown-something unknown and probably evil! His crying continued no matter what I said, he simply acted on what he believed to be true.
This episode is a bit of a joke in our family now, but the principle is profoundly true. We all act on what we believe. Now this is great when it is based on faith in God. When we truly believe something in the scriptures, we will act on it, and we know that all scripture is truth. But what about the times when our actions do not match our beliefs? I’m not talking about these big theological beliefs, but the little ones that affect our daily lives.
Whatever we believe to be true is true to us. It may not be the truth, but it’s still true to us. How many times have we heard reports of beauty queens that think they are ugly? Or those struggling with anorexia who is convinced that they are fat? We may say, “God is my healer,”-which is the truth-but our actions may convey that what we really believe is, “God is trying to punish me for something I did wrong.” Our actions reveal what the belief really is. And if the belief is not truth, then it is a lie.
No matter what I told my son that day at the fair, he perceived it differently in his mind. He believed a lie-that that clown was not Ms. Shelly, it was someone else. I revealed truth to him, but he chose not to believe it. It had nothing to do with having poor integrity or dishonesty. Father God reveals truths to us-we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are the apple of His eye. He loves us with an everlasting love-and we may even say we believe it, but do our actions show it?
Robert Hartzell is the Director of Fountains of Life. Robert has a masters degree in Christian Counseling. He was mentored by Jack Frost in Father’s Love for several years. Robert has a masters degree in Christian Counseling. He is certified in Elijah House 1 & 2. Ed Smith Theophostic. Arthur Burk in Ministering to the spirit.