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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How Certain are you?

Many people around the globe are uncertain of their faith, some tried and true Christians have major doubts. I even believe that at some time or another we all question how God is moving and what God is doing in our lives.

In today's text the Physician Luke shares with us these words: LUKE 1: Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Luke provides us whit the basic blueprint to the certainty of our faith.  First Luke reminds us that we are not alone in our common Experience, saying many others believe and have drawn up the same accounts as us. Faith certainty check one.

Secondly Luke reminds us of the authority of the scripture, the BIBLE/ Word of God, the eye witness account which we like Luke were not privy to but have read about and believe was inspired by God.  Faith check two.

Thirdly Luke points to his investigation, study, common sense and reason. Luke says that he did not just trust and believe based on others but he studied and went over the history/ facts then used his Common Sense and Rational Thinking as his third faith certainty check.

Fourthly Luke decides to become part of tradition so that himself and others can be reminded of how Christ truly effected the world and the tenants of living as a follower of Christ. This established the Tradition of what it means to be a Christian, which in turn becomes our fourth faith certainty check.

 Luke has began to provide us with the basic model for verifying the certainty of Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior. When used together all four of these should line up and direct us to the certainty of who Christ truly is. When your experience matches other believers, and that matches the word of God, and that matches your research/ rational thinking, and that matches the tradition of the Church then how could you be uncertain about who God is?

As I close understand certainty about the realism of God does not mean that you will never question where God is in a particular moment or situation during your life. That's a whole other topic for an entirely different day.

God enable us to trust in you more daily. Amen.

Be Well, love P.J.

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