Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Feigned Versus Real Faith

To no one in particular . . . but if the shoe fits. . . .

You claim to believe, to have faith in God.  But this is how it goes. . . . You want something or think some situation ought go a certain way to satisfy you.  So you pray and have "faith" that God will oblige.  Or, in general, you have faith that you will be spared, protected from tribulation and/or persecution. . . .

In the meantime . . . you fret . . . maybe even worry and experience some anxiety, panic . . . hoping, according to your faith, that it will turn out good for you.

When it doesn't go your way you may rationalize it away or even harbor resentment and growing anger toward God. . . . Or determine that the only reason He didn't respond as expected was because of your lack of faith. . . .

"Is everything going to be okay?  Is it going to be alright?" you might ask, with angst and fear trembling your voice.

But this very question implies that there could be a way it goes where it isn't "okay" or "alright".

Which also implies that God sometimes gets it wrong.

Which is blasphemous, wicked. . . .

Oh, you will say that of course God doesn't ever get it wrong . . . but your emotional anxiety and doubt belies how you really feel and what you really believe.

Powerful, God-pleasing faith knows that God NEVER gets it wrong.  He is perfect and therefore ALL that He does or allows to "happen" . . . is perfect.

There is feigned faith--the kind that puts out wishes and hopes and requests and then frets that God may not respond or answer.

And there is real faith which puts out a wish or a want . . . and knows that HOWEVER God responds (including a perceived "non" response) is precisely, and lovingly and righteously . . . the perfect, holy will that it should go just as it will end up going. . . .

The difference, as usual, is in thinking that it's all about you--about "me", about us.  But if you have truly died--been crucified with Christ--and it is HE who lives and not you; and that it is all about HIS will, HIS glory and satisfaction . . . then faith can be quick and easy and mighty.  For how could anything or anyone successfully frustrate what HE is wanting to happen in any given situation or desire?

Not to mention that He knows our needs and what is best for us well before we do, if we ever even do.  Not to mention . . . we almost always, if not always, want NOT what is best . . . but what is worst, as the heart is deceitfully wicked (except where HE instills the proper "wants").  Even starting from a position of supposedly wanting only what is best for ourselves . . . misses the mark (sins) right out of the gates.  For if we were holy and Christlike, we would always be wanting from the start . . . what is best and pleasing to GOD above all!

But who wants that?  Rarely, if ever, do our passions yearn for the pleasure and glory of God before and above pleasure and glory for ourselves. . . .

Anyhow, it is impossible to please God without faith, REAL faith.  Not FEIGNED faith which is still just wishful self-fulfillment in disguise . . . which is "having a form of godliness but denying its power."

True, real, living faith . . . communicates to God wants and needs . . . then KNOWS that He will answer and produce perfectly . . . exactly what is best for your soul, for your eternal character and spiritual life, for His glory.


Meanwhile . . . in get some extra food and supplies now! news ..... :

"Financial analyst Rick Ackerman says the mother of all market meltdowns is a sure thing. It is just a question of when, and when it starts, it will simply implode at a stunning pace. Ackerman explains, “We’re in a situation now where any day something can happen. I think that the black swan will be something like the stock market starting down for no apparent reason. . . . "

"Ackerman says when the end game finally crescendos, it will be stunning and quick. Ackerman contends, “It will be literally overnight. There are investors who say I’m smart and I’m nimble, and I’ll be out of this at the first sign of trouble. I think the first sign of trouble will be a little bit too late. You will wake up one morning, and something will have happened in the Asian markets that cause the U.S. markets to open way below their circuit breakers or threaten to break the dam. It could all happen overnight, and I think it will. It’s the nature of the markets.”

1 comment:

Mark said...

Corinthians 12:9
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Brother Thomas ©2015

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