Is Your Faith Alive?

Many people today have reduced faith to the point where it is a one-time transaction wherein a person prays the sinner’s prayer, stops going to bars, and starts going to church.  Before this event, the person was considered an unbeliever.  After this, the person is considered a believer.  This is a cheapening of the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 

In this cheapened faith, a person is actually putting his trust in people and not in God.  The people he’s trusting are the self-described “people of God” with whom he is going to church.  The person is assuming that association with these supposed “people of God” is association with God.  Association with God is achieved not by associating with people but rather by associating with God.  It’s just this simple, yet people are missing this point all the time.

True faith is an attitude, a way of thinking.  True faith is a conviction we have before God (Romans 14:22-23) and tolerates no doubt.  Did you “accept” Jesus as your Lord and Savior 20 years ago?  If so, good!  But are you believing Him today for the life you are living today?

You do not become a believer by calling yourself a believer.  You become a believer by believing…and by continuing to believe.  You need no one to approve your faith except God Himself.  If your faith in Him is alive, He will know it!

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible.

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One Response to Is Your Faith Alive?

  1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    I completely agree with ‘True faith is a conviction we have before God’.
    Nobody needs to know about it; yet true faith will show its fruit to others sooner or later (Gal 5:22-23).

    Now it’s not difficult to tell, “My Lord, You make me rise when I fall, for You always listen whenever I call!”

    However, do I honestly believe it as soon as I find myself in difficult circumstances? I know that’s true and I won’t lie to you 😉 : I confess that I am often angry with God and with myself about the fact that I seemingly don’t grow as for my personal faith in certain areas, but rather remain “a bruised reed” resp. ”a faintly burning wick” (Is 42:3; Mt 12:20).

    And here you have it! How I wish I could change my heart about this because I know that God wants me to be honest toward Him all the time. Though I don’t want to lie to people due to the fear of God, I still try to maintain a kind of artificial façade in His presence since I fear being too honest about my true feelings. Alas, I still have a bunch of doubts regarding God’s help here and there, and I often felt somehow condemned by the following Scriptures:

    “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (Js 1:6-8)

    Re-reading these lines today, I wondered whether I might have missed a sort of golden rule, since the context clearly speaks of a particular kind of prayer here:

    “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, […]” (Js 1:5-6)

    Gladly I do admit that I ask for His wisdom every day.
    And what is more is that I can take a stand on that… that is to say, I have no doubts about God always giving me the wisdom I need. Honestly, realizing this, a huge load has been taken off my mind.
    And what is even better than anything else out there, indeed: I am not angry with God any more. 🙂

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