The Weekly Focal Point - April 3

Revenge and Faith

Trusting God may sound relatively easy when it is framed theoretically, but when there are real life pains and injustices that provoke our hearts to personal revenge and retaliation, then reliance on God gets tough. Our faith is always tested in the crucible of pain and discomfort. God couldn’t be more clear about his call for us to leave our personal provocateurs for him to deal with. God directs us to leave room for his judgment (Rom.12:19) and to commit ourselves to our faithful Creator and just continue to do good (1 Peter 4:19). This is the exercise of real faith. And much like the exercise of our physical muscles it doesn’t always feel good. But remember, the results are impressive. Not only does it please God and “leave room” for his response, it also results in a spiritual strength, perseverance and completeness that is invaluable (see James 1:3-4). May your faith be emboldened as you wait on the Lord.

Pastor Mike

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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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