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God is Able

 

He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
Romans 4:19-22

How many of us fail to fully lay hold of the promises of God because we evaluate them in light of our own ability to help them come about? We may not say it out loud but oftentimes our actions reveal that we believe God to be impotent in His ability to fulfill what He has promised. We look at our circumstances and our abilities and all we see are barriers and reasons why God’s promise is unlikely.

What we need to do is lift our gaze and keep our eyes fixed on the LORD. The maker of promises is also the keeper and fulfiller of promises. Our faith should not rest in our ability to make something happen or even in our understanding of how something can possibly happen. Our faith should rest in the power of God which is more than able to fulfill the promises that He has made.

I like what this passage in Romans says about Abraham. He didn’t weaken in faith just because God’s promise seemed unlikely given his own abilities, age, health, etc…

Not only did no unbelief cause him to waver concerning the promises of God, but “he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God”. As Abraham praised God, he became more and more convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. In fact, it says he became “fully convinced”.

So, here’s a practical step for you to take next time you find yourself doubting God’s goodness or struggling to believe in the promises of God; praise Him. Give glory to Him. Spend time reading His work and praying to Him. And I pray, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will become fully convinced that God is who He says He is, you are who He says you are, and that He will do what He said He will do.

Sought-After Sensitive Church

During our church service this morning my pastor made an interesting distinction that really resonated with me and seems to make a lot of sense. The context was his teaching on Matthew 2 and the contrasting of those who accept the newborn King and those who reject the newborn King. One thing that came up was this idea that left to our own, none of us really seek God. In fact, this is something that is reinforced in the book of Romans.

as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
Romans 3:10-12

But, the good news is that there is a God in Heaven who is doing the seeking and there are many who are sought after. So, in light of that truth, our pastor made a passing reference to the fact that we are not a seeker sensitive church as much as we are a “sought after” sensitive church.

To me this jumped out as an important distinctive in approach but I also realize that to others this may seem to simply be a nuanced way of saying the same thing.

What are your thoughts? Is there really a big difference between being a seeker-sensitive church as opposed to being a sought-after sensitive church? If so, what are the key differences?


 

If you’d like to listen to the audio from this morning’s teaching titled, “Resistance To and Acceptance Of the Newborn King“, you may do so here.

5-Minute Meditation: Faith that is counted as righteousness

He (Abraham) did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:19-22

God made some crazy, unbelievable promises to Abraham. If Abraham was asked to conduct a risk analysis or probability assessment on the likelihood of being able to fulfill those promises, it wouldn’t have been happy news. If he was asked to assess the status as either green, yellow or red, it would have been RED for sure. That is all true if Abraham was to evaluate things through the lens of his 20/20 physical vision. If he was to evaluate things strictly from the perspective of what he brought to the table and the influence that he could apply, things would not look promising. But Abraham was wiser than that. He walked by faith and not by sight. He evaluated things from the perspective of the giver of the promise; the one who could fulfill the promise.

If you asked Abraham whether he believed that he and Sarah could have a child, he would probably say “no”. After all, she was barren and his body was “as good as dead”. But if you asked him whether he believed God could give them a child, I’d like to think he would, by faith, answer with a resounding “yes!”.

I love how this verse in Romans says that Abraham “grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God”. Abraham was “fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised”.

Do you tend to evaluate God and His promises from the perspective of your current circumstances, attitude, or even the weather forecast?

We need to remember that despite our circumstances, God is able. God is faithful. God is mighty and powerful. God’s will is perfect and it will be done.

Don’t consider your own body or your social status or your bank account or anything else for that matter. Rather, consider Jesus! Give glory to Him by believing in Him; who He is, what He has done and what He has promised to do. Grow in your faith. Remember and meditate on all of His past works and the evidence of His faithfulness that the Spirit might convince you that God is able to do what He has promised. For His glory and our ultimate joy.

Miscarriage: A Testimony of God’s Grace

Prior to having our first child, my wife and I experienced two miscarriages. What follows below is the content of an email that I sent to everyone on our contacts list (including family, friends and co-workers) to inform them of the second miscarriage. This letter was originally sent in August 2001 and is included below in it’s entirety and in the original format. I share it here in the hopes that it might edify and encourage others. And I give thanks to God that since the time I wrote this letter, we have been blessed beyond measure with three wonderful children.

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“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair” 2 Corinthians 4:8

This is the verse that came to me this morning as I contemplated Jenny’s second miscarriage. Probably because at the time this verse popped in my head, I was talking to God about how even though at the present time I don’t understand how He can bring good out of this situation, I still trust Him. I tell Jenny there is almost an excitement associated with the confident expectation that God is going to do something out of this situation. I remember a verse that we helped our Sunday school students memorize a couple months ago: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I pray that God will grant me the vision to maintain an eternal perspective throughout this situation and thank Him that regardless of my circumstances, my joy remains complete in Him. This is the great joy I’ve experienced as a Christian. In the midst of an unstable world that is constantly changing, my hope is firmly anchored in something that is stable and unchangeable: Jesus Christ.

When we experienced the first miscarriage in February, it provided for a really rich time of seeking the Lord and coming to a clearer understanding of my faith and reliance on Him. It was amazing how He stood by us and was glorified through the situation. It served as an opportunity to share with people around us how it was only through Christ’s strength that we were able to persevere and how His will for our lives is perfect. Jeremiah 33:3 and Ephesians 3:20 tell us that the Lord is able to bless us with things far greater than we could ever dream of. Rather than it being a time to focus on what we didn’t have, we were humbled and grateful for what He’s done for us and for the promises in His word of what He will do for us.

This second time around, it seemed as though Satan was really up to his old tricks. When we found out that Jenny was pregnant, he immediately tried to initiate doubts and fears in us. Through prayer, he was silenced and the shield of faith extinguished the flaming arrows of the evil one. We prayed together every morning and night, recognizing God for who He is and thanking Him for His work in our lives. The primary theme of our prayers was always that His will be done. I was at complete ease and faithful that God was in control. I even expressed this confidence to my home fellowship group on Tuesday night. I shared with them that I sensed something was going to happen that would allow God to be glorified through my life. Something that would provide context for people within my circle of influence to gain a better understanding of who He is, what He’s done in my life, and what He desires from them. The next night, as Jenny’s cramping and bleeding started, I was blown away that the situation the Lord could use would be another miscarriage.

It may be stretching it a bit to classify what we’ve experienced as suffering, but there is certainly a loss we feel for a child that Jenny has carried in her body and her heart but never in her arms. Saturday evening we sat around the table after having dinner together and we were talking and praying. I mentioned to Jenny that this child that we had been praying for since her positive pregnancy test on June 26th, was going to be someone that we would pray for every day for the rest of our lives. It was amazing to me that God had blessed us to witness his amazing creative powers first-hand and that he was etching a permanent entry on our prayer list. Now I’m faced with figuring out how I pray for a child that was born, not in to this world, but straight to the other side to live with my Heavenly Father.

One thing is sure. As we suffer, our testimony of the grace of God becomes more powerful. Yes, the reminders of this baby are all around us; prenatal vitamins, parenting books, and cards and notes congratulating us. However, more powerful are the reminders that we have a loving God that created us, redeemed us, and desires fellowship with us. We praise Him because of who He is and because He is worthy. Even though God loves us and desires the best for us, I think He is more interested in the strength of our faith and devotion to Him as opposed to our happiness. Happiness is based on circumstances while our joy is based on Him. Although we grieve, we grieve with hope. “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25

I hope being informed of this news in this format does not seem impersonal. I’ve always enjoyed writing and it’s proven to be an effective method for me to acknowledge my feelings. I’ve decided that what started out as a half hour exercise of pouring out my heart for my own benefit has turned out to be a practical means to inform everyone that our prayers have been answered, at least partially. We now know that it is not God’s will for us to have a child yet. We just don’t know what tremendous blessing He has for us in its place. And maybe that blessing is that others can hear of how the grace of God is at work within our lives. I encourage everyone that reads this to never doubt in the dark what God tells us in the light. God bless you all and thank you for your faithfulness in prayer.

Would we know that the major chords were sweet,
If there were no minor key?
Would the painter’s work be fair to our eyes,
Without shade on land or sea?
Would we know the meaning of happiness,
Would we feel that the day was bright,
If we’d never known what it was to grieve,
Nor gazed on the dark of night?

Simply Difficult

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:2-7 ESV)

Paul offers up this little nugget in the context of the strong in faith vs. the weak in faith. For some reason, as I read through this today, it dawned on me that so much of the Bible lays out these principles for Godly living that seem so plain and simple and yet, they often prove so difficult to actually do. I don’t have the time or energy right now to offer up much in the way of exegesis on this passage, but I will let you in on my Sunday meditation after reading this. I find myself thinking about how if each of us was completely selfless and always seeking the good of others for the glory of God, most of the interpersonal problems and social justice type of issues would be non-starters. We wouldn’t need to worry about our own needs, desires, or issues because, just as we are focused on someone else, someone else if focused on us. I mean, just like it takes two to tango, you can’t have a neighbor without being a neighbor. If I seek to build up my neighbor and to encourage him, and he does the same for me, we would be aligned such that we would be able to glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Right? And, I am not to please my neighbor for his good in the hopes that he will do the same for me. I do it all for the glory of God and nothing more.

This stands in stark contrast to the wisdom of this world where, before I am in a position to help others, I must first help myself. Before I can build up others, I need to ensure that I am stable and secure in my own life. Before I welcome another, I need to ensure that I somehow stand to benefit or gain something from the relationship.

So, what now? Well, I guess I will continue to think about things above and not on earthly things. I guess I will continue to guard my heart and not be conformed any longer to the patterns of this world but instead, be transformed through the renewing of my mind in Christ Jesus. I guess, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I will follow Christ’s example of not pleasing myself, but rather to welcome others as Christ welcomed me. And, I will do it all for the glory of God.

Pray for me. Will you?

Hope, Tribulation, and Prayer

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12 ESV)

I just wanted to share a few thoughts that have come to me as I’ve meditated on Romans 12 today. If you really want some food for your soul from Romans 12, go see what my friend over at My Morning Meal is serving up. Get it while it’s hot!

Now for my random ruminations on Romans 12:12:

  • Rejoice in hope – as a Christian, your ability and occasion to rejoice is not dependent on present circumstances. You may rejoice in the hope of the future glory that will be revealed in you. You may rejoice that Jesus is continuing to work out His purposes for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. You may rejoice because Christ has promised to return and He is faithful to fulfill His promises.
  • Patient in tribulation – the Greek word for patient here is hypomenō and it can be translated as to remain, to tarry behind, to abide, or to not recede or flee. Paul is calling believers to abide within tribulation, knowing that God’s grace is sufficient. God can use these times to further refine us and conform us to His image. And, in all things, God will be glorified.
  • Constant in prayer – We know that Paul commands us in Philippians to not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. This idea about being constant in prayer means that there is a certain steadfast attentiveness to it. That we would persevere and not faint.

And I think the key to all of this is the same key for the rest of the ‘Marks of a True Christian’ that are listed in Romans 12:9-21. The key is to be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Amen?

Apples to apples

I was in a meeting at work this morning and as we were talking about some program metrics someone chimed in with, “We need to make sure we’re comparing apples to apples”. Of course, this person was not interested in discussing produce. He simply wanted to make sure that we were comparing things that were worth comparing. This reminded me of something that Paul mentioned in Romans 8:18. It reads,

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18 ESV)

Paul is not discounting or failing to acknowledge the fact that there is suffering. He is simply saying that, when compared with the glory that is to be revealed, the present sufferings aren’t even worthy of comparison. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. For the believer in Christ, it’s all about perspective. It’s all about the temporal pain in light of eternal joy.  It’s like being anxious about the howling wind and the raging sea instead of marveling at the One who created them at the command of His voice. It’s like worrying about what you will wear when God has already wrapped you in the robe of Christ’s righteousness. And it’s about understanding, believing, and trusting in the fact that the Lord reigns.

Love that stays connected

After church today, I happened to be talking with a friend about “love”. Then, I return home this afternoon and begin to enjoy my devotional time in the word only to realize that part of my reading plan for today also has a mention of love. In particular, Paul in Romans 8 points out the following:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”   No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 ESV)

The cliff’s note version of this is that Paul asks a rhetorical question; who can separate us from the love of Christ? The answer is no one, and no thing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nothing! Not tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword. Not death. Not life. Not angels or rulers. Not your past or your future. Nothing else in all creation can separate us from the love of Christ.

Here’s another way to relate to this. Jesus is the bridegroom and His church is His bride. He’s written His own vows and guess what? He intends to keep them. He will never divorce His bride. He will always love her. For better or for worse.

While that is certainly a joyous reality of which believers in Christ may lay hold, it gets kind of convicting when you acknowledge Christ’s unconditional, sacrificial, and perfect love for His bride (the church). It gets convicting because as a husband I am reminded of another verse that reads,

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church…” (Ephesians 5:25 ESV)

Now there is way too much in this small snippet from Ephesians to really dive deep right now but if we consider the command for husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church, and if we look at the above referenced passages in Romans as an example of how Christ loves His church, there is a connection worth exploring. As a husband, my love for my wife should mimic Christ’s love for the church. That means that my wife should always feel connected to my love for her. That means that when times get tough and we experience tribulation, distress, persecution, financial hardship, health problems, or threats of any kind, I need to love my wife (and she needs to feel, know, and experience that love) as much as I did on the day I asked her to marry me. Because, here’s the deal – we will (not might) face tribulation. Just as none of these things will separate us from the love of Christ, none of this should separate or produce a barrier between me and my wife.

Even if you are feeling pretty comfortable and secure in the strength of your marriage and the ability of your love to withstand the trials of life, there may be another hidden danger that you might never suspect could create problems for you. That’s what makes it so dangerous because on the surface, most people take it as an external sign that everything in your relationship is going great. Paul references this potential pitfall in verse 38 but you may have glossed over it. Perhaps you thought it was included just for effect or for the sake of maintaining a good balance as Paul compared and contrasted things. Personally, I think we need to take heed when Paul says, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, ……. will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I can understand Paul including “death” here as something that could separate us from the love of God but why would Paul think that “life” could ever separate us from the love of God?

We know that nothing (including life) can separate us from the love of God but I think it can be a big threat to keeping a husband and wife connected. There are many reasons for this but I’m feeling as though I should reserve my full commentary for another time. I try to limit my blog posts to between 500-700 words and I’ve already surpassed the upper limit. So for the sake of brevity, I will share just a couple of shoot-from-the-hip ideas of how I think “life” can cause a wife to become separated from a husband’s love.

  • My life instead of Jesus’ life – the husband has not fully submitted himself to the Lord and consequently, is seeking the fulfillment of his own will instead of the Father’s will. It becomes all about “my life” instead of  Jesus’ life. If the husband is not pursuing a living and dynamic relationship with the Lord, but his wife is, the distance between them grows farther and farther apart.
  • My life instead of Our life – the husband is living within the marriage relationship without acknowledging that God has joined the two together as one flesh. Consequently, rather than being united to his wife by the Spirit and moving together in the same direction, with the same values and purpose, he is moving in his own direction, at his own pace, by his own plans. This causes conflict, pain, and difficulty within the relationship. Flesh tearing away from flesh is not a pleasant experience.
  • Human Doing instead of Human Being – the husband allows the busyness of life and an overcrowded schedule to wear him down and to get in the way of discipling his family and serving his wife. He gets so focused on doing work, and doing activities (even good activities) that he foregoes being accessible and available to meet the heart and soul needs of his wife. You can’t schedule quality time so you need to increase the probability by increasing the quantity of time that you spend with your spouse.
  • You say tomato, I say tomahto – the husband and wife are not on the same page and each has a different definition and understanding of what “life” means. In fact, if you asked each of them to draw a picture of what “life” meant to them, you would look at the final products and think they were given two separate tasks. They need to align and come to agreement on a common definition and understanding of what “life” means to them and ensure that the source of this definition is not Webster but rather, Jesus.

OK, I’m past 1,300 on the word count so I really need to stop. I’m sure if my writing approach was to actually take my time to think through this all, write, review, edit and re-write, I might be able to say the same thing in half the words. But, that’s not how I work. I continue to maintain this more as a personal journal to capture my on-the-fly, stream of consciousness thoughts. F0r this subject however, I think I will find the time (for my own benefit) to come back through and continue to expound on my thoughts and clarify them in a more clear, concise, and comprehensive manner.

Just to remind you of my original thought that I sat down to write about, Jesus loves you and there is nothing that can separate you from that love. Rest in it and enjoy it. And, once you have fully immersed yourself in that love, share it with someone else. If you are married, start with your spouse. God bless.

Awareness without a solution

Lately you haven’t been feeling quite right. You’re not sure what the problem is but you sense that something is wrong. You’re not yourself. You are always tired and have no energy. You try going to bed earlier but that doesn’t help. You try sleeping in later but you are still just as exhausted. You switch up your diet and try to eat healthier to no avail. Finally, after progressively getting worse, you go to the doctor. They run some diagnostic tests and even take some x-rays. You are called back to the doctor’s office a few days later and as he welcomes you in to the exam room, you notice that he has what you assume are your x-rays projected on the wall. Although you are not a doctor, you can tell right away that it doesn’t look good. This is confirmed as the doctor explains that the big white spots on your chest x-ray indicates that you have lung cancer. Although serious, the doctor feels optimistic that you have caught it early enough that the prognosis is relatively favorable if you follow an aggressive course of treatment. As the appointment ends, you thank him and walk out of the office feeling much better now that you know what is wrong with you. What a relief to have an answer that explains why you have been feeling so sick, tired, and run down. You go home and resume life as normal and business as usual. You forget about the prognosis and the recommended course of treatment. You don’t take any of the recommended next steps. People notice that you are losing weight and don’t look so well. When they ask if you are ok, you are glad that you can provide them with a reasonable answer and you share with them about your lung cancer diagnosis. It’s so nice to not be in the dark and ignorant about what is going on. The only problem is that awareness of the problem isn’t the same as having a solution to the problem. It doesn’t provide the true answer that brings healing and wholeness. Diagnosis is one thing. Healing is another.

While reading through Romans 3:9-20 this morning, Paul reminds me that awareness or diagnosis is not enough.

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20 ESV)

As it pertains to man’s relationship to God, observance of the law will not cause us to be considered righteous. There is nothing that we can do in and of ourselves to be justified in the sight of the one true God. The law only brings knowledge of sin. It is similar to how a mirror can only reveal dirt, smudge, or a blemish on your face. Looking in the mirror will simply show you where the dirt is, it won’t wash it clean. When it comes to our relationship to God, there is nothing we can do to make Him love us more and there is nothing we can do to make Him love us less. God’s love is unconditional. As I’ve heard Pastor Tullian say before, “Christ fulfilled all of God’s conditions on our behalf so that our relationship with God could be unconditional”. Doing more and being better will never be enough. The law is like the x-ray in the example above. It is the tool that reveals to us our condition. Unfortunately, although we have been diagnosed by the law, we are not qualified to write the necessary prescription. We are dependent on the intervention of a specialist. Praise God that in His grace and mercy, He saw fit to intervene on our behalf.

Awareness is a necessary step. But, once confronted with an awareness of our condition, we must respond accordingly. And in this case, the correct response is to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. Christ Jesus died to save sinners of whom we are the worst. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Lay down your guilt and the burden of trying to please God and instead learn from Christ for his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Humble yourself and ask God to have mercy on you, a sinner and in so doing, go home justified. Exchange your filthy rags for the robe of Christ’s righteousness. Don’t allow the law just to make you knowledgable of your sin but allow God’s kindness to lead you to repentance. For, if we confess our sins to God He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. Amen.

Obedience of faith

This morning as I closed out my reading in the book of Romans, I was confronted by three words that jumped off the page to me. It was a phrase that really caught my attention and caused me to sit and meditate on it for a while. The phrase is, “obedience of faith” and it comes from Romans 16:26. Here is is in context,

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. ~ Romans 16:25-27

The verses above are part of Paul’s doxology as he closes up his letter to the Romans. I don’t know why that phrase in particular jumped out at me. Maybe it was just the direct correlation that is made between obedience and faith. It really got me thinking about which was the chicken and which was the egg. In order to figure that out, I looked at the context of the verses around it.

The first thing I see is that Paul acknowledges that the gospel of Jesus Christ strengthens the believer. And I’m sure that one of the areas in which it strengthens the believer is faith. By hearing the good news, by understanding who Christ is and what he has done for us, by believing in the promises that he has made, our faith is strengthened. What was once hidden and kept secret has been revealed to us. It has been revealed through the prophecies of the Old Testament, these prophecies have been fulfilled though the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it has been revealed through God’s word. And this was all done at God’s command. And if God commanded it, surely he had a reason and a purpose for doing so. And that is where we come to the phrase, “obedience of faith”.

God strengthens our faith so that we may respond to him in obedience. Faith produces obedience in us. Obedience is the fruit of faith. Faith empowers us to respond in obedience even when that response might not make sense to the world around us. And faith allows us to respond in obedience not so that things will necessarily go “well” for us. No, faith encourages obedience in us so that we bring glory, not to ourselves but rather to the only wise God.

This really causes me to consider how I’m living my life right now. Am I operating out of faith in my own logic, reason and rationale? Am I doing things that conform to the conventional wisdom of this world? Or, have I been so transformed through the renewing of my mind in Christ Jesus, that I am operating out of obedience to the only true God as a result of my faith in that which has been revealed? Just something for me to consider today and my prayer is that my faith will be revealed through my words and deeds.

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