30 Days With Wesley – Day 17: Making God Visible

Schnorr_von_Carolsfeld_Bibel_in_Bildern_1860_001(Optional Reading: 1 John 4:12-13)

There were two passages that stuck with me from the daily reading this morning. Psalm 68:4-6 states,

“Sing to God, sing praise to his name,

extol him who rises on the clouds

his name is the Lord

and rejoice before him.

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, 

is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families,

he leads forth the prisoners with singing;

but the rebellious live in the sun-scorched land.”

and 1 John 4:12 says,

No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us. This is how we know we remain in him and he remains in us, because he has given us a measure of his Spirit.

These two passages seem to complement each other. John is making a statement here. We understand that no one has seen God, but when Christian begin to show love to each other and those around them, then God begin to become visible in our love. It is in this love the God begins to show that he is the Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, and a God who sets the lonely in families.

So the simple question today is, are you hindering or helping make God visible to those around you?

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.

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30 Days With Wesley – Day 7: The Journey That Counts

path-of-recognition(Optional Reading: 2 Peter 1:10-11)

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s not the destination that matter. It’s how you get there that counts.” Christian living is a journey. It is a process that we go through of becoming purified and made new in Jesus. For me, I do not like when Heaven is used as a reason to become a Christian. People say things like, “Well you don’t want to go to hell… so you should be a Christian so you can go to heaven.” This is still true but I think we get caught up on the destination and sometimes forget to focus on the journey.

2 Peter 1:3-11 states: 

“By his divine power the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own honor and glory. Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, that you may share the divine nature and escape from the world’s immorality that sinful craving produces.

 This is why you must make every effort to add moral excellence to your faith; and to moral excellence, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, endurance; and to endurance, godliness; and to godliness, affection for others; and to affection for others, love. If all these are yours and they are growing in you, they’ll keep you from becoming inactive and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever lacks these things is shortsighted and blind, forgetting that they were cleansed from their past sins.

 Therefore, brothers and sisters, be eager to confirm your call and election. Do this and you will never ever be lost. In this way you will receive a rich welcome into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ”

Christianity is about becoming like Jesus in our lives. It is about living out the Lord’s prayer. The journey of Christian living is about God transforming our lives into a new creations so that we bring God’s Kingdom to earth in our daily interactions with people around us. Christianity is not about getting our golden ticket into heaven and then sitting on our hands and waiting until we die. That doesn’t sound like a very fulfilled life (John 10:10).

As a Christian, heaven is our final destination. But I believe we need to live a life where heaven is the reward for the Jesus shaped life that we live here on earth. Heaven is not a goal, heaven is a reward. So, lets live to bring God’s Kingdom today.

 

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 6: Always Forgives & Always Forgets

30 Days with Wesley(Optional Reading: Ephesians 4:29-32)

The guided prayer this morning focused on the subject of God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness is truly mind blowing to me. We serve a God that will forgive us every time we sin, and every time He forgives us He forgets our sin. It is truly unfathomable how God is able to completely let go of all that we have done in sin. 

God always forgives and always forgets because He desperately wants to be in a relationship with us. By relationship, I mean that God wants to be involved in every part of our lives. A relationship with God means daily praying and inviting God into every moment of thought and every interaction we have during the day. This is what God desires.

The dilemma we face, as people who sin, is that sin causes a break in relationship with God. God never gives up on us though. He is daily pursuing us and drawing us out of our life of sin and brokenness. Once we see God and give him all our sin, God completely forgives and completely forgets. Then God works in our hearts to call us to a holy life, because it is in this holy life that God helps us become the exact person He desires us to be. This understanding is found all through the Bible.

“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:9

“The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.” John 10:10

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

“You must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy. It is written, You will be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:5

 

“Oh God, now that you have renewed our lives and our mercies to us this morning, help us to renew our desires, resolutions, and efforts to live in obedience to your holy will.” (30 Days with Wesley, pg 29)

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.