Sunday, December 14, 2014

Logical Faith

Logical Faith
December 15, 2014
Joshua 24:15  "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Most of us don't steal.  We realize taking things from someone else is wrong and that decision is woven into the fabric of our being.  We just don't steal and aren't even tempted to steal what doesn't belong to us.  We don't have to analyze it or wrestle with it.  If it can be defined as stealing, we don't need to decide if it is a good decision or not.  It rarely becomes an issue of temptation and if it does, the logical portion of our being rationalizes as to why serving jail time makes it simply not worth committing the crime.  It is not emotional; it is logical.  Faith, however, is not usually described as logical.  But I would submit to you that your faith should become logical over time.

It takes faith to believe in a God.  It takes faith to believe Jesus was crucified on a cross, rose again, and can forgive your sins.  After a while, you are able to experience God and His work in your life so much that it does not have to be questioned.  Your faith almost becomes a fact of your life, woven into the fabric of your being.  If you've been a believer for any length of time you become convinced of the Lord and His work; it no longer requires a leap of faith to consider.  You KNOW He is Lord and you never have to doubt it.  Your faith has become fact, or logical to you.  It is not emotional and you never need to wrestle with the existence of God or analyze His ability to forgive sins through the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross.

This fact of your faith becomes the basis for continued maturity so the Lord's work in you can be complete.  He uses men and women who are sure of their foundation in Him.  The more wishy washy you are in your belief system, the least likely you are to be effective in your daily Christian walk.  The logical fact of your faith becomes something you can build upon and translate into every area of your life.  It affects your actions, your speech, your decisions, your future, your even your daily routine.  If your faith has not affected every area of your life, then maybe you should evaluate what you truly believe.  Deciding what you believe is critical, resolving that some things need not be questioned moving forward.  The Disciples KNEW Jesus was Lord and it didn't ever need to be argued.  They were then able to build on that knowledge in an un-emotional state, being effective in their lives without question.

If your faith can become logical to you, it is much easier to take a stance on every other area of your own personal life.  This isn't debating on whether murder is acceptable but making better personal decisions in the areas of divorce, abortion, and other lifestyle choices.  When your faith becomes logical to you, it is easier to make choices based upon the foundation that has become woven into the fabric of your being.  Those choices then become woven into your daily personal habits, which only make life so much easier.  Decide today what you really believe and solidify it as fact for your life.  Then move forward with this belief system intact, never doubting what you know to be true.  You'll be so glad you did.

Don't take my word for it; look it up:  Is 43:10, John 6:68-69, John 10:38, 2 Tim 1:12

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