REAL FAITH, “WORTH CONSIDERING” Across my desk this morning from Joel’s ministry….
“And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”(Galatians 2:20, ESV)
The God Kind of Faith
Faith is all around us. People have faith in so many different things: faith that a friend will be true, faith that your job is taking you on a certain career path, faith that the chair you are sitting on is going to hold you up! Faith is simply believing in something. But there are different kinds, or levels, of faith. I’ve discovered two kinds of faith—a delivering faith and a sustaining faith. Delivering faith is when God instantly turns your situation around. When that happens, it’s great. But I believe it takes a greater faith and a deeper walk with God to have sustaining faith. Sustaining faith is when God takes you through the difficulty. You are filled with doubt, anxiety, fear, and bitterness. But when you know that God is in control, and even if you go through the difficulty, you know He will take care of you. You can say, “God, I don’t care what comes against me, I don’t care how long it takes, this thing is not going to defeat. I know that You loved me and gave Yourself for me. As long as You are for me, that’s all that matters.”
A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, today I humbly open my heart to You. Use me for Your glory and have Your way in my life. I choose to believe in You and invite You to believe through me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
This was good this morning as we all go thought the refining process in Christ Jesus like silver of being heated up, junk skimmed off, cooled down to only be heated up again for more junk to be skimmed off by the Holy Spirit. We faithful are in a process which the Bible teaches is sanctification, to be made holy. And those of us who will embrace the process in faith will eventually look like Jesus. Silver is pure when the reflection when the Creator can see a perfect reflection. HIS original intent was to make us in HIS IMAGE and HE has not given up. But you can remove yourself from the process at any time and remain as you are as our Creator has given each of us a free will. So if you want to check out where you are, deeply read Heb. 11. You will find that faith is both substance and evidence, and that is Real Faith, all by itself. Also that “Real Faith” produces action. It is by faith that the Creator converted the first energy into matter and into atoms and cells and into you and me. And it is by HIS faith that all is held together as it is. There is also a book called “The Real Faith” by Charles Price, a wonderful little book on the difference between head faith and heart faith. Try to get a copy for your library. Really worth the effort.
So if you are really on the road to being sanctified you will also have a deep concern for family and friends who are traveling on one or another of the many dead ends and detours erected by the enemy to keep us out of the house of GOD. But if you have no deep concern for souls to find the Light of God, you may not be on the WAY that Jesus came to have us walk on. Jesus gave the message of reconciliation to HIS Church to give to the world. He trusted HIS Church to live HIS message and to also share HIS message, John 17. This is Faith in Action. James records that faith without action is dead or phony. If you truly believe the bridge is out you are going to want to hold up a sign to help keep folks safe and from going over the edge into a black eternity. True Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Sunday messages can help but the primary source of faith is your Holy Bible. Many Sunday messages are for the building of stuff or a denomination. That will not get the job done. There is but one CHURCH of CHRIST JESUS and all who really LOVE and OBEY HIM are members. There is but one “Body of Christ” of which HE alone is the head. We are called by our Creator to assist in the building of the future KINGDOM of CHRIST JESUS.
My personal faith and vision at this point in time is to be a part of a fellowship “House Church” that has faith to go by the BOOK. And to see that fire and example saturate the Big Island of Hawaii. I was called in 1969 by GOD to come to Hawaii Island for that purpose and I am still learning how to do it from the Holy Spirit. And I fully realize that I can not complete the vision by myself. But I have faith that GOD can make it happen even at my age. Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< (This Blog may be found at www.Trinity-Aloha.org linked to “WORTH CONSIDERING” for past issues.)