Moving Beyond Christian Philosophy
“The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.” —A.W. Tozer
“Our theology must become our biography.” —Tim Hansel
Learning about who we are in Christ is important stuff. Remembering our true identity as forgiven, adopted, children of the King of Kings is essential to experiencing Life as God intended it. A.W. Tozer was big on theology (the study of God) and is famous for saying, “What we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
The problem is that many of us (really all of us), to one degree or another, have reduced our theology into a Christian philosophy rather than letting it grow into the kind of faith that pleases God. Christian philosophy is something that we believe in our minds but it doesn’t make any difference in the way we live. It’s just a theory, it’s a philosophy, it’s a faith-based system, and nothing ever changes.
“Faith is the heroic effort of your life. You fling yourself in reckless confidence on God. God has ventured all in Jesus Christ to save us. Now He wants us to venture our all in abandoned confidence in Him… step out of the crowd and bank your faith on the character of God.” —Oswald Chambers
How is God specifically leading you to venture your all “in abandoned confidence in Him” today?
Father of my Faith, I trust You to search my mind. Show me where I have let my faith be reduced to philosophy. I want a faith that becomes “heroic effort” of my life, flinging myself “in reckless confidence” on You because of who You are, and who You are in me. Amen.
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