FAITH BLOG

FAITH!

Hebrews 11:6 English Standard Version (ESV)

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

"Without Faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please" God!  The verse doesn't say it's hard or difficult or challenging to please God without Faith...It says it is impossible.  So that makes faith important and an unmovable cornerstone in our relationship with God.  So what is it, and how do I obtain it?

I would define Faith as confidence in what God has said.  It's a confidence that is initiated by God.  It's not dependent on our five senses.  As a matter of fact, Faith is proven in the times when are five senses are ineffective.  Faith can't be based on human logic and our senses because both of those will always be insufficient and fall short in connecting us with an invisible God.  Faith is God's Divine persuasion of a reality that is yet to be seen.  Only He can persuade you, and He knows just what it will take to do that.  Sometimes He uses His written Word, and sometimes He uses circumstances. Sometimes He whispers to our hearts, and sometimes He uses unmistakable signs.  Whatever is needed, He has it in His arsenal!

And so, as we journey to get closer to Someone we can't see, we must first believe that what we can't see is real.  He is REAL!  He is not only real, but He rewards the seeker both in this life and in the life to come.  So be confident in this, our labor to grow closer to God is not in vain, and it will SURELY be rewarded.

Psalms 27:8 reads, You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

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PLAYING THE HARLOT

I was reading Pastor Curt’s blog on being ‘egg headed’. What struck me were the words, playing the harlot… and because you were not satisfied…. Those are strong words and they hit me particularly because Manuel and I had had some conflict. We did the dance of bitterness and anger, resentment—both of us holding out for the other to move toward the other… this even after we had ‘apologized and forgiven one another’.

So, what gives? There were many emotions involved and emotions are important in the process of reconciliation. Reconciliation and forgiveness are a process that involve those emotions. I realize some offenses we can overlook quickly, some take a little more time. I also realize that emotions and feelings don’t just disappear because we say the words, "yes, I forgive you" - even if we truly do mean what we say. It’s that foggy place that we found ourselves and we stayed there to our shame, too long.

In the front of my journal I wrote, Isa. 55:2-3; 6-11. This is how the word of the Lord convicted me as I ‘tried to process’ those emotions. "Why do you spend your money (thoughts, emotions, attitudes)  for that… which does not satisfy? Incline your ear, come to me, hear, that your soul may live. Seek the Lord while he may be found…Let the wicked forsake his/her way and the unrighteous his/her thoughts… for my thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways." In 2 Cor. 10:3-5,7 & 12b, I was challenged to think about what weapons I was using in this conflict—I was playing the harlot with my emotions, trusting my emotions and letting them drive my actions. I was reminded that I need to take my thoughts captive, so that I would make them obedient to Christ. I was reminded that just as I am a child of God, loved even while I am a sinner; so, too is Manuel. If I am comparing myself with Manuel, I am without understanding, forgetting ‘whose’ I am and why. I am  no different than the Israelites. I am trusting in me. It is not only sad, it is dangerous.

I hate conflict and I hate it when Manuel and I are being egg headed, out of sync, not unified and treating the other without love, but do I hate it more than I am being egg headed about my relationship with my Lord? God grieves when we are acting the fools. Christ died so that we do not have to act the fool.

Lord, may we not waste our time, our energy, our thoughts on what does not satisfy, turning instead to you, our King, our Savior, our Lord, our only real satisfaction. May we instead incline our ears to you, seeking you while you may be found and may we, Lord, humble ourselves to your thoughts and your ways - humbling ourselves to one another, seeking the other’s good, out of reverence to you.

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