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  • God Gives Faith, and Puts It To Work

    2 posts, 2 voices, 583 views, started Oct 16, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 by Ms-kay

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    • Carnelian
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      Many of us see faith itself as if it were something you had to do or learn in order for God to love you and save you.

      Maybe it’s right beliefs, or right actions. Maybe it’s having common cause on the right issues. Some even think we‘re saved by ‘love‘- by which is meant our own meaning of love and our own ability to love. When these ways of trying to save ourselves falter-and they will-we look at ourselves as cursed, even damned.

      Beloved...we‘re starting in the wrong place. The first thing we need is something we can’t do for ourselves. We can’t make the faith that will rescue us from the fix we‘re in. Only God can create it in us.

      Faith does not spring forth from our inmost self, no matter how much spirituality we practice or how many loving deeds we do. It comes from outside of us and then lodges itself inside of us. It’s not our senses which give us faith, but the Spirit through the Word of God, who then lights up and directs our senses and our reasoning. It’s not how strong your faith is, but it’s who the faith is in. We can’t have a right faith by anything we do, but only what is given to us by the Holy Spirit.

      God’s track record of being faithful to us can lead us to to being faithful to God. It’s hard to win the trust of folks who’ve been betrayed and manipulated as often as today’s people. But God’s way of doing things-God’s character and stick-to-it love—is how real trust is built and how surreal cynicism is killed. It is a slowly-built response to true character, and not something one ‘chooses’ like clothing or brand of cola. It’s like, ‘how could you not choose to trust someone so worthy of trust?’

      Faith is what the Spirit uses to light the fires within you. When the Holy Spirit gets to work inside of you, the Spirit causes an internal revolution. All of your life gets turned in God’s direction-thoughts, aspirations, behavioral standards, priorities, and such. It’s not just about how you come to Christ, but how you live your life by way of Christ.



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          Sherry wrote Oct 16, 2008
        • I totally agree - everything we do is by faith and God gave us all the same amount - a small mustard seed and when we exercise our faith - that mustard seed will grow until we can move a mountain!

          Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.  Because we go not by sight but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!

          Thanks for your encouraging words ms.kay.

          Sherry



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