Earlier this week, I tweeted: Don’t be shy. God wants us to ask . . . often. http://snip.ly/7kwl8 8 Steps to an Action Plan for Growing in Wisdom
And received the following reply: I’m curious how you discovered God wants us to ask things?
Great question? Right?
I answered by saying that Jesus told His followers to ask in the Bible.
And that began a discussion about the truth of the Bible and why I believe what I believe.
When’s the last time someone asked you . . . why do you believe what you believe?
Important question, isn’t it?
I know it’s faith. I know . . . you just believe. I know it’s the power of the Holy Spirit. But how would you answer someone who is seeking and wants to know your why?
Don’t you want to know your why?
I was raised in a Christian home. We went to church every time the doors were open. I went to a Christian college and fell in love with a pre-seminary student. I’m a pastor’s wife. I grew up on the Bible.
That’s not my why?
My why is the following:
I believe Jesus is the Son of God because He said He is.
The Father and I are one. John 10:30
I believe He suffered, died, and rose again because He said He would; and men who ran away when He was arrested, after seeing Him suffer, die, and alive again, willingly suffered and died themselves to share that message with others.
From then on Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead. Matthew 16:21
I believe I am saved by grace through Jesus’ death and resurrection because no matter how hard I try I fall short of God’s standard but Jesus paid my punishment for me to give me a right relationship with God.
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit, God made Him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. 1 Corinthians 1:30
I believe the Bible is God’s Word because it’s a miracle . . . 66 books, with 40 different writers, over 1500 years all with one central theme. God’s love. His desire to know and be known by the people He created. And the price He willingly paid (through Christ Jesus) to have a personal relationship with each of us.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 2 Timothy 3:16
I believe God has the power to change lives through faith in Jesus because I used to be afraid now I’m not. I know God’s peace that passes all understanding.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
That’s faith . . . lives changed by God today and eternally. My life changed. I can’t explain it but I know it’s true.
But what does faith have to do with wisdom?
Faith is the foundation of wisdom.
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. Proverbs 3:5
It is my faith that makes me want to live wisely. I want to know what God says is wise and because I believe His ways are best, I want to do what He says is wise solely dependent upon His faithful grace when I fail.
Finally, one last question from my Twitter chat…
What would have to happen to know you were wrong?
Wow, that one made me think. In fact, I’m still thinking about it.
I’m hoping you’ll think about it too. It’s a question you’ll have to answer yourself.
There is nothing in this life that could change my mind. I’ve seen God’s grace alive and active in my life and in the lives of others. It’s faith, not pie in the sky by and by, but grounded on the foundation of Jesus, the Word of God and a host of others who have searched, studied, and clung to the evidence that supports the truths of the Bible.
For more information on those who have searched and studied, read Myth and the Claims of the Bible Writers.
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