Living Faith

By Julian Wells

“I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing- if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard? … Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, ‘the righteous will live by faith.'” (Galatians 3:2-5, 11 NIV)

While we may not wrestle with reverting to the law as was the issue Paul was addressing with his letter to the Galatians, we do still struggle with the mindset of the law. We are too content to live the Christian life with the limited resources of our flesh, seldom accessing or experiencing the limitless power of God that is at our disposal.

Paul is speaking here of a living, active faith- a faith that undergirds, guides, and empowers everything we say and do. A faith that sets us apart in the eyes of those we encounter. A faith that moves mountains, results in the abundant life Jesus desires for us, and brings glory to God. A faith that energizes the Spirit within us and unlocks the power of God to do all that we can ask or even imagine.

Lord, help me to experience that kind of faith by looking more to you and less to my own human efforts which must be so puny in your sight.

“Faith is a divine work in us. It changes us and makes us to be born anew of God. It kills the old Adam and makes us altogether different people, in heart and spirit and mind and powers, and it brings with it the Holy Spirit.” – Martin Luther

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A Morning Reflection

By Julian Wells

“I lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from The Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Ps. 121: 1-2 NIV)


On those evenings when the sun’s rays penetrate the clouds in the western sky and bathe the peaks below as in this photo taken yesterday, inevitably the Holy Spirit calls this verse to my mind.

How blessed I am to be able to gaze upon these mountains from the comfort of my deck, ponder such verses during my quiet time, and be assured that no matter what trials, circumstances, or temptations should come my way that day, I don’t have to face those challenges alone. I have an omnipresent Helper who is perfect in his love, infinite in his wisdom, and sovereign in his control and who tells me in His Word to ….

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

 

Sovereign In His Control

By Julian Wells

The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” (Ps. 103:19 NIV)

God is sovereign in his control, having supreme authority and power over all that has happened, is happening, and will happen in the future. Take a moment to ponder that truth. It will give you a whole new outlook on the mess it seems our world is in sometimes.

“How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in His heart. For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years. God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” – A.W. Tozer

The Aroma of Christ

By Julian Wells

“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” (2 Cor. 2:15 NIV)

This verse always reminds me that there is no more powerful testimony than that of a life fully surrendered to Christ, lived in accordance with Biblical principles, and reflecting the fruit of the Holy Spirit- love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the true markers of the aroma of Christ in our lives.

“What [others] most need is to see in you a reflection of what God is like and of the transforming power of the Gospel. Your life can create hunger and thirst for God in others’ lives and can be a powerful instrument in the hand of the Holy Spirit to draw their hearts to Christ.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Holiness, The Heart God Purifies

A Morning Reflection

By Julian Wells

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” ( John 17:3-4 NIV)

Our Lord’s own words from his great prayer in John 17 encapsulate the best Biblical answer as to why “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14 NIV) Jesus came that we may know God and through knowing him gain eternal life. That was the work that the Father gave him to do.

Before Christ came, men knew about God. They saw evidence of God. They knew God’s commandments. The challenge, the distinction, and the blessing of the Christian faith is that we may know the only true God and fellowship with him for all eternity.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV)