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Theologian Peter Abelard (1079-1142) stated, “By doubting we come to inquiry, by inquiry we come to truth.” Today, let your faith be messy. During this time of Lent Fast, let’s fast the faith that fits in a box or appears to have all of the answers.

John the Baptist declared Jesus the Messiah when he stood on the banks of the Jordan River, but then from prison asked, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matt 11:3) This side of eternity, we may never know what prompted John’s question, but given what he witnessed of Jesus’ ministry, it is easy to think that Jesus didn’t act like John had expected the Messiah to act. Certainly, that was true for the Pharisees and the religious leaders. Jesus came from the lowly town of Bethlehem. He was the son of a carpenter. He hung out with tax collectors and fishermen. He didn’t look like one who came to claim a kingdom, or a people as his own. Jesus’ actions didn’t match John’s expectations.

Jesus’ actions are often not what we expect. John’s question may echo through your own thoughts. When our prayers bring a different looking answer than we contemplated, we too can wonder if Jesus is truly who we thought He was; a critical point Henry Blackaby describes as a “crisis of faith.” Questions, inquiry, as John did, are healthy. They point to a living, growing, active faith that is searching to be more intimate with Jesus Christ. Questions lead to a closer walk with Jesus and through that seeking we grow to be more like Him…share your thoughts today with Jesus.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable!  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalms 139:17, 23)

“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on Him now while He is near…” (Isaiah 55:6)

“My thoughts are completely different from yours, says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.” (Romans 12:2)

“Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever date to ask or hope.” (Eph 3:20)

 

 

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“Obey what I command you today.” This the Lord spoke to Moses after writing His commandments on a second set of tablets. Moses had broken the first set in anger, roused by the disobedience of the Israelites (see Exodus 32:19). The people Moses led were much like people are today. We might know who God is and we may know that nothing goes unseen by God. We might choose to obey God simply based on these things, but a deeper desire to obey the Lord is developed when we pursue knowing Him further.

When we separate ourselves from God and do not seek Him—when we leave His Word unread, our eyes focused on what is prized by man, our ears distracted by the sounds of a noisy, busy world—we slip and fall away. We might wrongly decide that it is easier and more comfortable to just maintain these worldly habits than to attempt change. It certainly seems overwhelming to even begin to try to overcome the ways of the world. And it is, when we seek to go it alone.

When God said to Moses, “Obey what I command you today,” He made a promise to go before the people and drive out their enemies because He loved them. He loves you, today, right now, no matter what you have done in the past, and He will continue to love you even when you fall short. He will never leave you. How can we respond to this kind of love?

We show Him our love when we obey Him and seek Him. “In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:3-5).

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As you think about the idea of God’s power making you more like Him, what feelings does this evoke?  Positive?  Negative?  Not really sure how you should feel about this?  That is understandable, and it is ok to be searching.  You are on the right track because you are moving forward in a spiritual process!

If you could choose one area in your life to be  more like God, what would be your top pick?  More forgiving…more loving…more generous…stonger…gentler…wiser…  What character qualities do you want to see grow in your daily life?

 

“…But you were washed, you were sanctified,

you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

I Corinthians 6:11

 

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified…”  

I Thessalonians 4:3

 

I am sanctified because God is pure in His holiness and wants me to be holy as well.   Sanctification, in its simplest definition, is God transforming me to be more like Him.  This process begins at the point of faith (I Cor. 6:11) and will continue through my life until the day I die or until Jesus returns (I Thessalonians 4:3, Phil. 2:13).  Praise God that He is willing to continually step in to my life and help me to be better than I am, to grow, to not just stay stuck at my present level of maturity.

 

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed

…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

for it is God who works in you to will and to act

according to his good purpose.”

Philippians 2:12,13

 

 

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