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 11: A Miracle Filled Life

30 Days with Wesley(Optional Reading: Romans 8:35-39)

There is a questions that many people ask today. “Does God still do miracles?” I am not bringing this question up to have a debate breakout out in my comment section. I bring up this question because I believe it is an important question to ask ourselves. In today’s reading, I read Psalm 77:13-15 and in those verses it states, 

“You are the God who performs miracles;

you display your power among the people”

I don’t know what side of the fence you are on in response to the miracle question. You might argue that God miraculously heals people today. I have actually witnessed God’s healing power within my own family. You might also be reading this and think, I have never seen God heal anyone and you might think God doesn’t do miracles anymore.

When we ask the question “Does God still do miracles?” we need to also realize that each and every person who has committed their lives to following Jesus is a miracle. The reading today from Romans explains that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Each person that is a follower of Jesus is someone who was lost in darkness and came into God’s redeeming light. We were lost and Jesus found us with his unstoppable love. One of the greatest miracles Jesus has done is to take a life that was broken and make it whole.

If you feel like you have never seen God perform a miracle, perhaps there is one in front of you every time you look in the mirror.

God may we live in response to the miracle of your redeeming love. May our lives point others to you. Continue to transform us into the children of light you call us to be.

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.