Blessings and Faith
God’s blessings are great – God loves giving them and we certainly enjoy receiving them. But, one caution frequently underscored throughout the Bible is that we are to be careful that our hearts don’t learn to trust in them. When God graciously grants us relationships, riches or good health we must remember that these blessings ought to bolster our confidence in the Giver and not the gift. Sadly, our tendency is just the opposite. It seems that we often seek the Lord with growing levels of faith when we are in need or in pain. If only we would learn to deepen our faith while God grants his blessings. While we enjoy God’s gifts, may we be quick to remember God’s words in Jeremiah 9:23-24: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who exercises kindness!”
What comes to mind when you consider the word theology? For many people, this word conjures up images of old men with long white beards pontificating on the minor details of God’s attributes. You might think of an “ivory tower” reserved for the select few who have the time and intellect to answers life’s most complex questions.
At its most basic meaning, however, theology simply refers to knowledge of God. As we form beliefs around basic truths revealed in Scripture, they guide our decisions and disposition every moment of the day. Perhaps one of the most practical and comforting biblical doctrines is that of assurance. Is it possible to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are saved?
And to help you draw clear conclusions, I recommend an excellent book called Absolutely Sure. With clarity, author Stephen J. Lawson describes the telltale signs of an authentic follower of Jesus according to Scripture.
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