Often you will find various faith based ministries develop and post a ‘statement of faith’ to highlight critical areas they believe in. On just about an annual basis, I (Carrie) attempt to pen a personal statement of faith to force me to re-evaluate what I believe and what may have changed upon coming into more truth over the course of a year*.
With that said, while attempting to scribe my latest statement of faith, I realized it once again came down to one simple sentiment: love.
*as of October 2019
❤ I believe in One True Living God, the God of Abraham, Jacob, and Isaac, whom I call ‘Abba’ for Abba means ‘Father’ and God, our Father, is love. (Deuteronomy 4:6, 32:5-7; Exodus 3:14-15; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 6:9; Acts 3:13; 1 John 4:7-8; Romans 8:14-17)
❤ I believe God can reveal Himself and His love any way He chooses and both God and His love are limitless. (Genesis 3:8-9; Exodus 3, 34:6; Isaiah 63:11-14; Matthew 28:19-20; John 1; Hebrews 1:1, 11:1-3; Ephesians 3:17-19)
❤ I believe God created man and woman because He wants to be in an ongoing, loving relationship with people – as many people as possible. (Genesis 1; John 3:16)
❤ I believe God provided instructions to mankind on how He wants to be loved, how we should love one another, as well as what love is and isn’t, which can be found primarily in the first five books of the Bible, known as the “Torah”, and expounded on throughout the rest of Scripture. (Deuteronomy 6:24; 30; Proverbs 3; Psalm 19, 119; Isaiah 48:12-19; Matthew 5:17-19; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 John 2:7; 1 Corinthians 13)
❤ I believe God’s instructions are holy and fulfilled in our daily lives when we love God and others. (Deuteronomy 6:5; Luke 10:27; Romans 7:12, 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 5:2-3)
❤ I believe because of sin, which is Biblically defined as breaking God’s instructions on how to love, we hurt our relationship with God and with others. (1 John 3:4, 4:12, 20-21)
❤ I believe committing sins, breaking God’s instructions, is ultimately hating God (and others) and our sin prevents us from being in a healthy relationship with God (as well as others). (Exodus 20:5-6; Romans 3:23, 6:23; Hebrews 10:26-39; 1 John 3; 2 John 1; 3 John 1:11; Book of Jude)
❤ I believe because God is holy and just, He does not tolerate sin and even when He enforces His standards for relationships, He is still demonstrating His love. (Deuteronomy 28-30; Proverbs 3:12, Isaiah 48:12-22, 51:4-5; Book of Jeremiah; Romans 8:31-39; Hebrews 12:5-7; 1 Peter 4:17; Revelation 2-3)
❤ I believe the consequence of rejecting God’s instructions is the equivalent to rejecting God Himself and alienates us from Him (and possibly others). (Exodus 20:5-6; Matthew 7; Romans 3:23, 6:23, 1 John 3:8-10)
❤ I believe the 12 tribes of Jacob, later known as the House of Israel and House of Judah, as well as those who aligned themselves with Israel (“mixed multitude” Exodus 12:37-38), collectively known as ancient Israel, had originally accepted God’s covenant relationship defined by God’s instructions (Mosaic Covenant). I believe the terms of the Mosaic Covenant was conditional, which is why there are many statements throughout the covenant of “if you obey…” or “if you disobey..”, “then…”, of which Israel accepted. I believe due to the tendency to sin while not having the seal of the Holy Spirit helping them, ancient Israel broke covenant with God, which Scripture likened to adultery, causing God to have “found fault in them” (Hebrews 8:8) not His covenant terms and consequently, God regrettably had to demonstrate “tough love” by enforcing the terms of the covenant. I believe spiritual captivity often leads to physical captivity as demonstrated in history when both the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdom of the nation of Israel were taken captive and scattered throughout the world. I believe God describes this breaking of the covenant likened to God being forced to divorce Israel due to the terms of the covenant, but He ultimately uses it all to bring even more people, both of Jewish and Gentile descent, into covenant with Him (through Jesus/Yeshua) because true to His character, He works all things out for the good of those who love Him. Otherwise, if Jewish people were still in covenant, then there would be no need for a “new covenant” or to renew the covenant as well as no need for a Messiah to atone for collective/national or individual sin nor a way for Gentiles to enter covenant. Likewise, I believe in modern times we too can break the new covenant by succumbing to temptation, by not overcoming, by rejecting Messiah and His will for us, and therefore also separate ourselves from God. I believe we have the free will to either choose to be in or out of covenant just like the Israelites and just like in any marriage – in other words, because love is inviting and not demanding, we too can break covenant with God, grieve the Holy Spirit, and suffer the consequences of our choices. (Genesis 17:14; Exodus 19:5, 32:32-33; Leviticus 26:15,40-42; Deuteronomy 24:1-4/Romans 7:1-6; Deuteronomy 28:1,15, 29:1,9-15, 31:16, 20, 27-29; Psalm 55:20, 69:28; Isaiah 33:8, 50:1; Jeremiah 3, 9:12-16, 11:1-11,15:6,16:10-13, 17:1, 24:4-7, 31:31-33, 33:20; Ezekiel 16:59, 17:15, 18:25-32, 20, 44:7; Zechariah 11:10; Luke 8:18; John 8:24, 37-59; Romans 8:28, 11:15-21; Hebrews 8:7-13, 10:26-39; James 5:19-20; 2 Peter 2:20-22; Revelation 2:7,11,17,26, 3:5,12,21, 12:11, 20:15, 21:5-8; 22:14 )
❤ I believe God understands that His instructions on how to love Him and others although for our good can be difficult to uphold due to our selfish tendency to sin, and yet, out of His deep love and longing for us, God provided a means to help us overcome sin and have healthy relationships with Him and others. (Romans 6:1-4,7:21-25, 8:1-17, 10:1-13, 13:8-14, 15:1-15; Philippians 4:13; 1 Corinthians 13)
❤ I believe, God, in His great mercy and love, provided a remedy to help us overcome our selfish tendencies so that we would want to love Him with all our hearts and when we love Him, we will also be loving others. Likewise, by loving others, we are loving Him. (Ezekiel 11:19-21, 36:27; Jeremiah 31:31-33; John 3; Colossians 3:2-3, Hebrews 9:23-10:25; 1 John 3:16, 4:7-21)
❤ I believe God revealed Himself in the flesh through Yeshua, known as Jesus in English, of Nazareth, our Messiah, to remove the permanent consequence of our sin, our rebellion, our hatred towards God, the curse of our sin, which is permanent separation from God being death, by making atonement through His spilled blood on a cross to those who believe. (Matthew 26-28, John 1, 3, Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Romans 3:23, 6:23, 7:1-6, Colossians 2:11-15; Hebrews 2:8-9,17-18, 9:26-28)
❤ I believe, according to the stipulations of the Mosaic Covenant sin always must cost something (life!) to pay the penalty. I believe all people are sinners – we all have sinned. Hence why Yeshua/ Jesus had to die to be able to establish a new and better covenant with not just the Jews/Israel, but to also be able to offer a new and improved, debt-free, do-over relationship to Jewish people and Gentiles..ALL of the world, to all who would receive Him having paid the cost of our sin. (Deuteronomy 24:1-4, Leviticus 16, Hebrews 6-10, Mark 10:45, John 1:12-13, 3:16, 10:17-18; Romans 3:23, 6:23, 7:1-6, 9-11)
❤ I believe Jesus / Yeshua conquered sin and the consequence being death when He rose again from the dead and later ascended to heaven. (Acts 1-2; Romans 1:4, 2 Timothy 1:10; Hebrews 9)
❤ I believe all we must do to be reconciled to a loving relationship with God is to realize we are self-centered individuals who don’t always love God and others, but if we believe (publicly confess) Jesus died to pay the cost of our lack of love, our sin, so that we could be in a wholesome relationship with Abba Father (God), He will gladly forgive us and warmly welcome us into His Family for He wants us to experience His abundant love. I believe God ultimately is a discerner of our heart motives so He knows who truly has repented, believes, and is seeking Him. (John 1:12-13, 2:23-25, 3:16; Acts 2:38-39, Romans 1:16,3:22, 8:14-17,10:9-13 ; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:8-9, 19,3:6, 4:32; 1 John 1:9; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 16:2; Jeremiah 17:10; 1 Kings 8:39; Psalm 44:21)
❤ I believe God’s love and grace is available to all people. I believe salvation, becoming apart of His Family, is through God’s amazing grace and His grace alone. I believe neither our behavior nor blood lines saves us for the flesh is temporary, but our faith and His Spirit in us is eternal. I believe only our decision to accept His free gift of love that cost His Son, Yeshua/Jesus, His life to offer all of us, is the ONLY way to a healthy, wholesome relationship with Abba Father (God). (John 1:12-13, 3:16, 14:6; Romans 1:16, 3:22, 8:14-17, 10:9-13, 11; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:8-9,11-13,19,3:6, 4:32; 1 John 1:9, Isaiah 56)
❤ I believe God not only gave us Jesus, His Son, to break the curse of our sin, but He also provided the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of Yeshua, also known throughout various Scriptures as the Spirit of Grace, the Gift of Grace, the Promised Gift of the Father, the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Holiness, the Spirit of Truth, or even the Spirit of love, and the Spirit of adoption, to educate, empower, and encourage us to be and do that which is holy and ultimately to want to love God and others. (Isaiah 8:16; Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 11:19-21, 36:27; Zechariah 12:10; John 3:3-6, 4:24, 16:13; Acts 1:4, 2:38-39; Romans 7:12; 8:1-17; Galatians 4:6-7 Ephesians 1:6, 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:11; Hebrews 9:14, 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 2:27)
❤ I believe upon believing in God’s oldest, firstborn Son, Jesus/Yeshua, we will at some point receive His Spirit of adoption, sealing us as one of God’s children. I believe once adopted into His Family, we take on a new identity as His kid. I believe Abba loves all His children equally, whether of Jewish descent or Gentile descent, and we are all equally valued and held accountable as His children in God’s family. I believe as members of our Father’s House, His household instructions of love applies to all of His kids, including the Torah, for we are all given the same Holy Spirit. I believe any person, whether Jew or Non-Jewish, that believes Yeshua is Messiah, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and receives His Holy Spirit, then they become citizens of the spiritual commonwealth of Israel, grafted-into the proverbial olive tree, heirs to the promised land, and eventually the New Jerusalem, as well as other blessings of inheritance as legit, sealed sons and daughters of God, regardless of their DNA. (Matthew 12:36-37; Ecclesiastes 11:9; Romans 14:12; Acts 19:2; Acts 8:14-17, 10:44-48; 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 10:16-11:1, 30:8-10; Romans 2:8-10, 28-29, 3:29-31, 8:1-17, 9:6-8, 10:12-13; Galatians 2:6, 3:26-29, 4:6-7 Ephesians 1:6,13, 2:8-9,11-13, 19, 3:6, 4:4-6; Colossians 3:2-11; 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Isaiah 8:16, 56; Jeremiah 31:31-33; Ezekiel 11:19-21, 36:27-28, 37:21-28; Genesis 15:18; 1 Peter 2:5-12)
❤ I believe to know God is to know His Voice and to know His Voice, one must know His Word for His Word is His Voice. Moreover, to know Him, His Voice, His Word is to know Love. I believe the proof of how we know God, the evidence of His Spirit within us is demonstrated by our eagerness, our willingness to obey Him, which ultimately is love made manifest. (Deuteronomy 28:1; John 10:4,16, 14:15,21,23, 15:7-14; Romans 13:8-10; 1 John 2:3-4, 5:2-3)
❤ I believe to love God is to pursue Him. When we seek Him, He will pour out more of His love and truth in our hearts. (Jeremiah 29:13, 33:3; Luke 8:18; Acts 5:32; Romans 5:5)
❤ I believe it is an act of love to refrain from fruitless debates or teachings regarding speculative topics or theories (i.e. flat earth, what is God’s actual name, how do you say/spell His Son’s name, cultural topics, political topics, etc.). I believe it is wise to focus on the truth our Abba Father has graciously revealed in His word rather than waste precious time and energy fostering doctrines or debates that could harm one another or compel others to not want to be in our Family of Faith. I believe it is an act of love and courage to speak the truth, when it is verifiable truth found in His word, per the Spirit’s leading, but always do so in love and humility. I believe love can be “tough love” and often includes correction and enforcing healthy boundaries while following Biblical guidelines to do so. Moreover, I believe it reveals our maturity and security in God’s love when we are not easily offended, when we forgive offenses, and seek peace with all people as best as possible. (Deuteronomy 29:29; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5-6; Romans 12:18; Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Timothy 1:3-6, 4:6-7, 6:3-5; Titus 3:9-11; Hebrews 12:14)
❤ I believe one fine day, a day only God, our Abba Father knows, our Messiah, our King, will return from Heaven to Earth to once again reveal to us God’s love and to establish a kingdom of love and peace throughout the entire Earth and will gather unto Him those that chose Him to reign and rule alongside of Him. (Isaiah 65-66, Zechariah 14; Matthew 24-26, 1 Corinthians 6; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; 2 Peter 3:10-18; Revelation 7:9-17, 11:11-19, 20:1-6, 21-22)
❤ I believe prior to Yeshua/Jesus’ return, that the saints, those who choose to believe Yeshua/Jesus is Messiah, and keep God’s instructions/commands will be heavily persecuted in the final days. I believe most people will perish, regardless if they are a follower of Messiah or not. I believe there will be some survivors. I believe the saints who survive will be gathered unto Messiah to Jerusalem/Mount Zion likened to the “ingathering” of the harvest foretold by the prophets. I believe the saints who died prior to our Messiah’s return, will be resurrected and gathered unto Messiah to Jerusalem/Mount Zion upon His triumphant return! I believe the survivors of God’s wrath will dwell throughout whatever is left of Earth and be taught by our Messiah and His transfigured, immortal saints reigning with Him. I believe God’s instructions, His Torah, and all of His word will be the Kingdom Constitution for the entire world governed by the saints. After 1,000 years, the Earth will be repopulated with more humans who will also eventually have to choose for themselves whom they will serve upon Satan’s release. Unfortunately, according to Bible prophecy, many will be deceived and follow Satan causing war to break out between Satan and Jesus/Yeshua, but in the end, Jesus The Messiah and His followers win. (Isaiah 65-66, Zechariah 14; Isaiah 2, 51; Micah 4; Ezekiel 36-44, Daniel 8-12, Matthew 24-26, Revelation 6-11, 12:17, 14:12, 16,19-22).
❤ I believe God in His abundant grace and mercy has delayed the return of our Messiah so that as many people as possible may come to personally, and intimately experience God’s love. (2 Peter 3:9)
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