Friday, May 19, 2017

FAITH IS MORE THAN AN IDEA, FOR EVERYBODY HAS A DEGREE OF FAITH THAT ENABLES EACH ONE TO DO WHAT THEY DO WITH CONFIDENCE. Faith Is something that exercised every day as we go about our daily chores, even when we sleep. Imagine not having the faith to go to sleep for fear a spider might crawl over you in the middle of the night.

Try to be specific not a vague general approach. What does it look like to live in the real world by faith? 
Answer requested by Diane Shatto (Studied at Providence Theological Seminary  Lived in United States and Canada
Published Writer Inc and Forbes)
Faith is a very misunderstood concept. Faith is aligned with ideas of trust and belief and confidence. Unfortunately, too many ignorant people think of faith as meaning being gullible—probably because they have swallowed a camel themselves while trying to strain a gnat (Matthew 23:24).

We learn to trust people, because our relationships with people whom we trust has fostered this. Children trust their mothers because their mothers care for them. Not all mothers care for their children; most do. Mothers who do not care for their children are more the exception than the rule.

Trusting children, who have never been subject to abuse, will accept all that their parents tell them to be true, until the day comes that evidence to the contrary outweighs what they have been taught by them.

The tragedy is the state has introduced secular teaching that informs children their parents are not to be trusted and the school teacher is the authority. Children, who have degrees of insecurity concerning their parents, begin to trust their teachers and the misinformation that they are indoctrinated with. Spending more time at school, rather than listening to their parents, individuals start to believe that what they are taught is absolute truth. Those who can regurgitate the most are heralded as intelligent. Thus affirming a belief system that people who believe what they are taught by dishonest people is the truth. Eventually, confidence is placed in the system by those who are rewarded by the system in some way.

Everyday children who go to school, and who become indoctrinated by the methodology used to condition children, begin to have faith that they can do well at school and start to believe the myth that if they acquire degrees, all well be well for them. Little do they realize that they are being subtly lured into placing faith in a lie rather than the truth.

The Bible tells us that we are to repent from doing our dead works that do not lead to eternal life and exercise faith in God. This means not exercising faith in school teachers or the system, which is really just smoke and mirrors.

Putting faith in God is different to putting faith into an ungodly system, because we have to learn to walk every day believing that our Heavenly Father will honor His Word to us. Actually, the Bible gives us a means by which we can objectively prove God in our lives, if we are genuine—those who are selfish are always found out, because the Son of God examines our hearts (1 Chronicles 28:9; Revelation 2:23).

Faith requires us to give something of ourselves to something or someone. We can give ourselves to the acquisition of knowledge, and we can place our faith in what we believe is our confidence to regurgitate what we have learned. This is really placing faith in oneself. This is not faith towards God. We can put our faith in another human being—many do and get let down. This is not putting our faith in God, though—even if the person is a pastor or priest or shaman or Lama or guru (financial or otherwise).
Faith towards God is about a relationship with our Heavenly Father through the Son of God. This faith grows as we begin to walk with our Savior and learn to trust Him in our daily lives. This does not mean that we become a robot and wait until we hear from Heaven before we do our daily ablutions. Instead, we seek to relate to God and express ourselves in ways that will give Him glory. Consequently, we learn from the words of Jesus:
  • Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Essentially, those of us who have received the light, understand we have been translated into the spiritual realm of light from the spiritual realm of darkness, which we were born into as humans.
  • But rise and stand upon your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and bear witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from the people and from the Gentiles—to whom I send you to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. (Acts 26:16–18)
The Apostle Paul declared that he had been especially selected to shine his light, but all who have light, shine their light. By faith, we, who possess light, walk each day with our God and delight in sharing the goodness of our light with others. In doing this, our faith begins to grow, particularly as we learn the principles of God and apply them in our lives and see people delight in knowing us because the cobwebs in their minds start to disappear.
  • [Those] who thus serve Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. (Romans 14:18)
Of course, God only honors those who honor Him in private. Those who publicly say they honor God, but who in private do evil, fool themselves if they think they are not seen by their Creator. However, if we want to express our faith in God to others, as the Apostle James, the half-brother of Jesus said:
  • What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? (James 2:14)
  • Do you want to be shown, you shallow man, that faith apart from works is barren? (James 2:20)
Hence, by seeking the Lord our God in private and then sharing what light we possess with others, as a natural expression of who we are, God is glorified. Life becomes exciting because every day there is something to look forward to in our relationships with God and humans.

The Way Of Faith Is The Only Way The Words Of God Can Be Understood

Comment by Diane Shatto:
What a fantastic answer. Thank you! This is very insightful, Biblically sound and practical. I read the intro to your book too, though I clicked on a couple of chapter links and they were broken links. I am fascinated with the ideas you have in your introduction.

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