Assumption or Faith
Thank you, Lord for a fantastic week, we have celebrated my wife’s birthday all week long. I thank you God for the honor of loving and serving her from within your will, in ways that I would miss. I finished two projects this week but I’m still way behind, (thank you God.) I am really looking forward to this week as I have meals on wheels both this week and next. I thank God that I have the wherewithal to help those less fortunate than I.
As a member of the human race I kind of understand some of the quarks which we exhibit in our day to day thinking. Some of my thoughts are understandable and easily explained, while from the same mind or thinking tool, some of my though are ridiculous in the overall scheme of things. Such as believing in luck and coincident! Now, I realize for me that could be considered normal in many situations, since no one but God actually knows what my normal is, yet I find it to be true in the majority of people past and present. I have found in my life that God is good, and He gives liberally to His creation, even to those of little or no faith. The bible reads in Philippians 2:13 ESV, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. I know this to be true because of things that has happened to me both then and now. You see, I once was filled with the insanity of believing I was in control of my life. I made the decisions, choices, successes and failures and celebrated or suffered the heartbreaks or joy of their consequences. Today I believe that I never had total control and never paid the full price of my actions! I made the choice to not follow Christ, which allowed me to make decisions way over my head, repeat mistakes and deal with the emptiness of those early years. I think Jeremiah sums it up best in Jeremiah 17:9 ESV, the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I thought I did at the time, but I didn’t have a clue and to make things even more shameful, the whole time that I was denying Him, He still found favor for me. Ladies and gentlemen, it is not by chance or luck that God loves me and called me to be His own! Romans 5:8 (ESV), but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Thus, proving the point that God didn’t just happen to fall in love with me, He chose to love me before I was even created and continues to love me no matter what. Back in the day I was a self-proclaimed realist that didn’t believe in divine intervention. I was a facts man or, “so I thought!” But the truth is, fact, as creditable as its explanation may seem is not always accurate and to prove that fact look at how many scientifically proven facts modern science has changed and is changing today. Yesterday’s fact could quite possibly be tomorrows fiction! However, a miracle is and always has been an unexplainable fact which was witnessed by mankind and I used the word was, but miracles today are just as real and unchanged as they were thousands of years ago. I love this statement, one of the greatest miracles Jesus will ever perform, is that of a changed life! I heard it said last night; “if you walked the isle, knelt at the altar, said the prayer and nothing about your life changed, neither has your eternal destination! It is important to understand that we all live by faith or assumption and as I discovered many years ago, it is easily confused. A couple of quick questions to ask yourself; do you have faith or assumption in the ability to return home when you leave or everytime you cross a bridge or breathing your next breath or that your family is safe? A good measuring stick is are we thankful for God’s favor throughout the day or do we simply assume that’s life? I read something not long ago that helps explain this phenomenon; We learn that our assumptions are faulty or false in the face of new information, so we change our assumptions in order to come closer to the right answer. Where as faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 (ESV), Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Faith is something that the partnership with God produces in the soul of man to form a relationship bound with agape love and sealed with an everlasting hope. As a “passionate follower” of Jesus it helps to say this prayer daily; Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV), Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!