30 Days With Wesley – Day 29: The Secret To Genuine Faith

Genuine Stamp Showing Real Certified Product(Optional Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-19)

What is genuine faith? What does it look like? How do you know if you have it? Faith is sometimes a complicated subject to think about? What does it mean to have faith? Peter writes and states, “You now rejoice in this hope, even if it’s necessary for you to be distressed for a short time by various trials. This is necessary so that your faith may be found genuine.

Faith is not hard to have. There is the classic example that you have faith in a chair to hold you up. You have faith that your computer is going to work for you so that you can read this post. We have faith in many different things. But what is it that take faith from its regular state and transforms it into genuine faith?

According Peter, it is the test of time. Does your faith stay stable and strong in the face of conflict and testing? When your faith can face something difficult and trying time of life, you can come out knowing that your faith is not a shallow faith but one of genuine faith.

Peter goes on to say that genuine faith is worth fighting for. He states, “(Your faith is more valuable than gold, which will be destroyed even though it is itself tested by fire.) Your genuine faith will result in praise, glory, and honor for you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” May your faith be transformed today and may you find that you have genuine faith.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

30 Days With Wesley – Day 25: The Logic Of God

15_John_Wesley_108(Optional Reading: Deuteronomy 4:39-40)

I don’t know about you, but I believe in a God that is logical. Throughout the Bible, God has set up different guidelines and put forward words of wisdom that can logically help us within our day to day lives. Deuteronomy 4:39-40 is one of the passages that we see the logic of God coming through.

Before we get to far into this, it should be said, we must always understand the context of the scripture we are reading. As my old college professor would say, “You must always remember that you are reading someone else’s mail.” We must acknowledged that this was written to ancient Israel and not written to modern day America (or wherever you are reading this from). As we understand this truth, we open ourselves us to truly discover what God might have for us in the passage.

Today’s optional reading shows us two things that we shouldn’t miss. First, the author declares the God is the only God. This point doesn’t require much explanation. This is something God declares from the very beginning of the Bible. It is something that requires faith. We cannot 100% prove or disprove God’s existence. As a Christian, we believe as Deuteronomy states that God is the only God.

The second thing our passage shows us the logic of God. It states:

Keep the Lord’s regulations and his commandments. I’m commanding them to you today for your well-being and for the well-being of your children after you, so that you may extend your time on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you forever.

As I stated before, we are reading someone else’s mail. As Christian’s we don’t believe that all of God’s Old Testament laws from the torah still apply to us today. The commands of God have taken on the commands of Jesus. When Jesus’ was asked what the most important law of Gd was, he stated,

“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

Here is where the logic of God begins to come together. When we begin to follow the command of God, we begin to live a life that is loving and respectful to everyone. As we live a life of love and respect we begin to establish a legacy of Christ-like living that impacts the world around us. Further, it begins to establish a life that sets an example for the generations after us. This is the logic of God. God’s commands impact us, which impact the world, which impact the future generations.

May we go today and live and continue the logic of God in your community.

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those

who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.