What Stands Between You and Belief? (3)

In Luke 24, a third element stood between the followers of Jesus and belief. HUMAN REASONING. We see it verses 13-21.

Two men traveled the road to Emmaus. They were joined by Jesus Himself although they didn't recognize Him immediately. They thought they had it figured out. They had preconceived notions about who Jesus was, what He was about, and His ultimate purpose. They had placed Jesus in their own mold. They were locked out of true belief by their own faulty, finite reasoning.

Many (all) people have preconceived and misguided notions about Jesus that keep them from experiencing Him fully.

Human reasoning asks questions about God like these…

"If there is a God, why do we have suffering, disasters, diseases, hunger, and poverty?"

"If there is a God, why was that two-year-old girl crushed a truck?"

Good questions perhaps. But these are questions from human brains of limited intellect.

The Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, recorded these words that remind us of the shallowness of human reasoning, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings." Jeremiah 17:9-10

Do not let your own human reasoning defeat you in your battle for belief.


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About tcbo

Tobey Pitman is a retired career missionary. He is currently serving as a Pastor in Greater New Orleans along the northern rim of Lake Pontchartrain. Tobey currently assists churches to understand the needs of their community and to develop ministries that specifically touch local needs. Tobey is a CISM-trained and certified chaplain serving as a volunteer Chaplain for his local community hospital and local police department. He is appointed as the Faith-based Liaison of the St. Tammany Parish Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) and formerly the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Additionally he serves as a Chaplain for the Coroner's Office in St. Tammany Parish. In these roles, he assists in emergency planning and response implementation by directing faith resources into areas of local need during times of emergency and personal trauma. Tobey also served as a ministry strategist for the Northshore Baptist Association from 2010 to 2016. Prior to his service with NSBA, Tobey served for 32 years with the Home Mission Board/North American Mission Board. He worked in Downtown New Orleans and served the broad range of needs that existed among the homeless and addicted people living on the streets of the French Quarter, the CBD, and Downtown New Orleans. This ministry included directing the largest homeless shelter in Louisiana with a capacity of 250. The Brantley Center also offered many kinds of compassion ministries that touched physical needs and provided an average of 600 meals per day. The ministries of the Center included an intensive, long-term therapeutic community for men and women who desired to break free from addictive and debilitating lifestyles. He also developed a church for homeless people called Second Chance Fellowship. Tobey is a native Texan. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University and has earned masters and doctoral degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Tobey is married to Cathy. They have two sons, two daughters through marriage and six grandchildren.
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