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1117th -- Faith Versus Reason


The good thing about God is that His goodness towards us isn't based on 
our goodness towards Him. His mercy, His grace and His love towards us 
comes without requirement, without reservation and without pretense. The 
Bible says that He has chosen us to be in Him before the foundation of the 
world that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. Before 
this world was even created, God had already chosen us. God's love for us 
reaches so far beyond what we could possibly comprehend. His mercies 
towards us are renewed every day. His compassion reaches higher than the 
highest mountain and His mercy reaches from everlasting to everlasting. 
Such love is undeserved even towards the most deserving and yet it still 
exists to all who will simply accept what the Lord offers. He is love and 
all who know Him have felt this love that surpasses all understanding, that
is all encompassing and that is all comforting.
(Ephesians 1:4) (Psalm 103:17) (Romans 8:38-39)

There are some who believe that they can do it all on their own without 
God in their life. They trust in their intellect, in their ability, in 
their strength and they believe their will is enough to lead them onto the 
path that leads to ultimate happiness. What they will soon find is that 
their best strengths are only weaknesses and their best successes are only 
failures because to have the whole world and be without the God who 
created them is to really have and accomplish nothing. The apostle Paul 
says it best in Philippians 3:7-8 “I once thought these things were 
valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has 
done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite 
value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded 
everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.”
To have nothing with Jesus is to have everything and to have everything 
without Jesus is to really have nothing.

Remember God's love for you and know that He wishes for you to be in 
communion with Him all the days of your life. He loves you more than 
you'll ever know and wishes for you to be one with Him today and every day 

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that head 
wisdom has nothing to do with heart wisdom. The Lord is able to show us 
all what we are missing when we simply humble ourselves and ask Him.


How well do you know your high school chemistry? Do you recall Pascal's 
Law? It describes the effect of applying pressure on a liquid in a closed 
container. Changes in pressure in a confined liquid will be distributed 
equally throughout the fluid. For example, a thin bottle will break when a 
cork is pushed down far enough. This principle is used today in hydraulics 
for presses, elevators, jacks, vacuum pumps and air compressors.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), an amazing French philosopher, is known today 
for his work in math, chemistry and religion. His father tried to educate 
him in ancient languages. However, at age 12, Blaise had discovered 
geometry and at 16 wrote “The Geometry of Conics,” which is now lost. He 
also invented the calculating machine and the theory of probability, used
in card games.

In his mid-thirties, Pascal became interested in religion. He wrote: 
“Within each one of us there is a God-shaped vacuum that only God can 
fill.” Later, he wrote another book, “An Apology for the Christian 
Religion.” In it he maintained that perfect knowledge arrived through 
Christian revelation. Pascal believed that faith is a sounder guide than 
reason; he wrote: “Reason can go only so far, but faith in God has no 
limits.” Thus, reason hits a wall, but faith opens a window, allowing 
fresh air and sunshine to infiltrate.

Pascal understood that man has a dilemma. His conscious mind tells him he 
is impure against a perfect Creator and he tries to reason it out. Man has 
supine indifference, lust, pride, selfishness, an alcoholic problem, or 
not feeling self-fulfilled, self-actualized. He plays mindless games to 
understand and rationalize his dilemma, but he finally realizes that his 
impurity cheats him out of being in harmony with God, creating a vacuum. 
Pascal admitted that this God-shaped vacuum was created within each of us 
that only He can fill. No wide amount of reasoning could eradicate it - 
only faith in God can supplant it.

Blaise Pascal's scientific mind has affected the world even to this day. 
Yet he pointed to Jesus Christ, who can fill our vacuum, our being, in 
order that we may have the final assurance that our lives may have order - 
not chaos, full and not empty, pressurized, not a vacuum. Yes, God 
understands our make-up, our chemistry and yearns to have a relationship 
with you.

A suggested prayer: “God, I ask You to come into my life today, and fill 
this thin flask that I am. Give this outer and inner shell of mine 
strength, comfort and the assurance that I am in harmony with You. Forgive 
me for being impure against a perfect God. Take control of my life so that 
I can live for You. I realize that reasoning has its limits but faith in 
God has no limits. I thank You for supplying an answer to my feeble 
attempts in understanding myself. Amen!”

By George Prins

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be 
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee 
whithersoever thou goest.”

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I 
deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He 
shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; 
I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and 
shew him My salvation.”

Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have 
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I 
drawn thee.”

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in 
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.”

Psalm 27:1-2 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 
the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the 
wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, 
they stumbled and fell.”

Psalm 62:5-8 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from 
Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be 
moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and 
my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your 
heart before Him: God is a refuge for us.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today’s Selected Poem: I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem190.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: IN HIS TIMING
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony163.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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