Assurance of faith

30.06.2018

 

... that you may know the certainty

of those things in which you were instructed.
Luke 1:4 (NKJV)

 

The evangelist Luke introduces his gospel informing how "many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us". The source of these stories "were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word". Motivated by them, he declares "it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account". This research and documentation effort has a single purpose, to help the reader (Theophilus) to be sure of what he has been taught about it. The doctor's concern is to give a stable and certain foundation to the faith of his interlocutor, of believers and readers of the time and of today. In fact, in the same way we need to constantly and continuously relate to the Scriptures, "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).

In a time when it's prefered information to education, we need people like Luke who bring us back to the assurance of faith. More and more believers feed their faith in the Net, through blogs, tweets and status updates, video and audio (often of dubious origin), slowly putting aside study and personal meditation. Here then comes a spiritual superficiality, a prelude to non-biblical practices that feed only a "playful" curiosity, through the diffusion of a series of links that amplify errors. It will also be for this reason that the faith of many is weak, shaky and unstable. Rather than fall into the guesses, we remember that "or faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a demonstration of reality that can not be seen. In fact, for it was given good testimony to the ancients "(Hebrews 11: 1-2). The example of the Bereans should inspire us constantly. Returning to the biblical text is absolute priority. A biblically christocentric message is the duty of every ministry, also because "faith therefore comes from hearing, and hearing comes from the word of God" (Romans 10:17). What we hear finds a hotel in us, does not depart from our ears and does not leave the mouth. The reference is to our discourses (spoken and / or written), because the mouth pronounces what is inside us, if we declare unbelief in our heart, then, faith is lacking.

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it" (Joshua 1:8). Meditating on the Word "day and night" means something deeper and more intimate than reading it or reciting it from memory. Joshua was still in the desert when he received this indication, to underline how in the place where there is only silence (without words), God speaks. Listening is therefore the starting point of meditation, which allows the Scripture to descend into the heart and mouth to declare with faith. Developing the ability to stop thoughts, the disposition not to be distracted or conditioned, helps the sensitivity of faith to perceive the voice of God, sweet and subdued. In the moment in which the answer arrives in silence, it is necessary to act, without hesitation and far from the thousand doubts that can assail the mind. Often to act according to faith we must stop our thoughts, this because our thoughts are not our thoughts. Faith must be reckless and misguided, for it is insanity and not reasoning. If you love yourself and want to know God's plan for your life, take some time to read and meditate on His Word.

Devotional 27/2018
Weekly Bible reading plan

2nd July Job 22-24; Acts 11
3rd July Job 25-27; Acts 1
4th July Job 28-29; Acts 13: 1-25
5th July Job 30-31; Acts 13: 26-52
6th July Job 32-33; Acts 14
7th July Job 34-35; Acts 15: 1-21
8th July Job 36-37; Acts 15: 22-41

Memories
On July 6, 1415 the great theologian, reformer and martyr of the faith, Jan Hus, died burned at the stake following the condemnation of the Roman Catholic Church inflicted on him in the Council of Constance ... Exhorted to recant, Hus raised his eyes to heaven replied: "God is my witness that I never taught the things that are falsely attributed to me and of which false witnesses accuse me. He knows that the dominant intention of my preaching and of all my deeds and writings was only intended to snatch people from sin. And today I am ready to die happily". "Therefore, faithful Christian, seek the truth, listen to the truth, learn the truth, love the truth, tell the truth, stick to the truth, defend the truth until death: because the truth will make you free from sin, from the devil, from the death of the soul and ultimately from eternal death" (Jan Hus, Explanation of the Confession of Faith, 1412).

 

 

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