God’s Contract

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Do you ever doubt what you believe? I don’t mean little doubts that creep up sometimes, but REAL life and death doubts. For example: Have you ever doubted if there is an eternity? Have you ever doubted if God is real? Have you ever doubted that the Bible is true? Have you ever thought that maybe you have bought into a lie?

I’ve been wrestling with these questions.

WHOA! Time Out! You are a Bible Teacher, a homeschool mom teaching Bible to her kids, a professing Christian of over 27 years…how can you be throwing around questions like this?

Yes. I confess. I have been wrestling with some major questions. God feels distant from me. Sundays feel like I’m “going through the motions.” When teaching the kids at Awana I find myself asking, “Do I even believe this stuff?”

The life of a Christian is a battle. A daily battle. If you’ve ever read the book The Pilgrim’s Progress, then you have a great picture of what I have personally been going through, mentally, over the past few weeks. 0e379821_pauls-shield

Have you ever bought a house? It’s a huge deal. A lot of money is involved. Contracts are signed. Down payments are given. Promises are made to banks for loans; and if you can’t make the payments and default on the loan, then your house can be taken from you.

Not good.

There comes a time in each person’s life when God offers a contract. You can either sign the contract or walk away. The contract is found in Ephesians 1: 13-14.

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

So here’s the contract: You hear and listen to the gospel. Afterwards, you can choose to believe the gospel or not. Sign the contract or refuse it. It’s a choice. It’s not a feeling. And it shouldn’t be a choice based on feeling. If you choose to walk away, then you receive nothing.


If you choose to believe, then you are marked with the seal. You are marked with the Holy Spirit. He is in you, on you, all over you.

And because you are marked with the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is God’s deposit, or pledge, guaranteeing your inheritance. It’s kinda like the Holy Spirit is God’s down payment for eternal life.

But this contract cannot be revoked. I can question God all I want. I can get angry at God. I can sin. I can rebel. But because of the seal of the Holy Spirit, eventually, I will return to my First Love. I will surrender my will for His. God will listen to my questions. He will forgive me of my continuous sins. He will love me no matter what.

Twenty-seven years ago I signed a contract with my Creator. I signed my heart over to Jesus. I told Him I would love Him, that I would surrender to Him. But I have allowed other priorities to distract me from making my payments to Him.

A contract has two parties. The one offering the contract and the one signing. God always upholds His promises.

I’m the one who strays.

So when doubts and questions plague my mind and heart and I cannot seem to run from them, I have to cling to my contract.

My contract tells me that my God will never leave me nor forsake me.
My contract tells me that I need to trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.
My contract says that when I am afraid I can trust in Him, my God whose word I praise.
My contract says that He will forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness.
My contract is alive and active.

There are times when we need to double check and make sure our signatures really are on the contract. In fact, we should make sure each day. Then when the lies bombard us, the storms rage, and the mountains look really big, we have the reassurance we need written in the blood of the One who bought us.

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God’s Contract — 7 Comments

  1. I love you, sweet sister. I have been there. I am there. I may always be there. I admire the tremendous amount of courage that it took to not only post that, but to allow yourself to think it, to explore it, and write about it.

    I am learning now that even our belief is not a choice. Our faith is not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph 2:9)– not of works. Not of any works. If it is based on our choice, an action of ours, our somehow choosing him, then it is based on a work that we did.

    We believe that the earth is round or we don’t.
    We either like green or we don’t.

    How do you change a desire? How do you change your own beliefs?

    You can’t.
    One simply does not decide to like orange.

    Teachings, new information can sway our opinions, but no amount of conscious choice can change what we believe in our heart. Even our belief in Christ is not truly a choice, though I think it is a choice to recognize and acknowledge it. If we are saved, it is solely due to His works. This is why faith comes by hearing–not by works, not by choice. It is the gift of the Word that does the work, not the choice. It’s all about the new information.

    But that’s just my opinion right now. I’m no theologian. And I’m open to new information. =)

    • I think we have to be careful to take scripture in its entirety. Believing is a choice. You believe, or don’t believe. For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. I think many times we make faith and Christianity too hard, when it really is simple. We look around us and put faith in what we see…but the world is fallen. The earth groans for the return of Jesus. When I question, I know I stand on the promises of God. I know His word is Truth. My beliefs change as the Holy Spirit reveals more of Himself to me as He brings me more into compliance with the image of His Son. He opens the eyes of my heart, that I might see Him. But right now, in this world, we see a dim mirror of reality. I do change my desires through a repentant and humble brokenness. Yes, I am saved because of what Jesus did. ONLY by what Jesus did. I did nothing to deserve the gift of salvation, but scripture is clear that I must choose to believe and repent. Believe in the Lord Jesus and be saved. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you will be saved. We always have a choice. We can walk in His ways, or not. We can be a light on a hill, or not. We can put on our armor and fight the enemy, or not. I will not cheapen the cross by thinking I can do anything for my salvation, but I will honor the cross by my faith in it.

      “No amount of conscious choice can change what we believe in our heart.” This, my sister, is a lie from the pit of hell. The enemy would love to have you think that you have no choice but to be who you “are.” Over time and holy revelation from a God who loves me, I have changed beliefs about myself, beliefs about others, and beliefs about my God. The hardest crisis of belief I went through was during graduate school when God’s word, through great preaching and the love of believers, became alive and active in me. Head knowledge became heart knowledge, and that only happens with total brokenness and humility. The heart of man is deceitful, which is why I must tell myself Truth everyday. But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person. Oh me! Sin is awful! Which is why salvation is needed. Repentance. Wow. If I had no choice by to stay in my sin, I would have no hope. And Jesus is hope.

  2. I’ve been there. I started writing things down a few years ago like what I am thankful for, answered prayers, notes from prayer time, moments of grace…those sorts of things. That journal is a powerful weapon against unbelief and temptation for me now. Maybe it is something you might find useful to do for yourself?

    • I do have journals I have written in from time to time. And I have certain benchmarks that I force myself to remember. I find telling myself the Truth over and over again seems to be my best weapon. God’s word is so powerful!

Thoughts? Please share!