“I worship the God of our ancestors, and I firmly believe the Jewish law and everything written in the prophets.”Acts 24:14b
When I was 14 I stood up in front of my faith community to publicly confess my personal faith in Jesus Christ. As part of our tradition the pastor blessed each individual saying a specially chosen verse just for that individual. We did not know what the verse was until that moment we knelt to hear it said over us.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
This verse originally written by our friend Paul was first shared with the followers of Jesus in Rome. After Paul stated his Roman citizenship in Acts 22 he knows that he will arrive there safely. He shares his teachings in this capital of the world confident that God is carrying out the Gospel to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8).
Despite the arrests, the trials, the beatings, the persecution Paul remained resolute in his faith. He was not deterred one bit. Some days were difficult. Others were good. No matter what the day brought Paul was resolved to share his faith story with everyone he could so each person would have his/her own faith story.
Paul teaches us how to live a ReSolved Faith.
What is it exactly?
First, it is a commitment to continue to grow in trust with God. Beginning one’s faith journey one discovers his/her need for a savior. A person sees that despite all ‘good’ deeds or efforts nothing will earn one’s salvation. Only the life, death & resurrection of Jesus Christ freely given can do that.
Next, ReSolved Faith is living one’s faith in the 168 hours of the week. Faith is not to be compartmentalize as something we do on a particular day of the week. It impacts each aspect of our lives. It is the perspective that we see others & the world through. It is the reason for the joy we experience in life. It is the source of the calm we have during difficult times.
Lastly, it is not being ashamed of our faith. This is the blessing my pastor gave me on that day I publicly announced my faith. It is how Paul lived his faith throughout the book of Acts. Being resolved is being authentic.
We will have questions. But we turn to God Who knows all things.
We will have fear. But we trust in Jesus completely to walk through the fear together.
We will stutter. But we know that Holy Spirit gives us the words to speak with our voices so others will hear.
Friends, your own ReSolved Faith can begin today. It starts by surrendering. You can message me anytime. I am willing to pray with you as you begin your own faith journey.
Oh the journey that God has for you is a beautiful one. It has incredible adventures. Amazing sights. It only takes one step towards God. The rest is taken care of by God. Are you willing?
This Week’s Challenge
Surrender to God whatever it is holding you back from fully trusting God. Reach out to a friend to pray with you & bless you with God’s Word.