Let’s ANALYZE faith…. shall we ?
The Bible says, “now FAITH is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1)
So here’s how it works….. you EXERCISE faith when you speak….. for example,”BE HEALED in the name of Jesus”.
Only one of two things can happen….. it either works or it doesn’t ?
IT WORKS !
Your faith is boosted to “higher heights” and you are encouraged to continue with BOLDER “exercises” in faith…….. until…..
IT DID NOT WORK…… oh, ooh….
Now what ? how do you DEAL with this….. again, my friend….. two possible outcomes….
YOUR FAITH SHRINKS
in your despair you may say things like…. “God you let me down, big time”…… “Maybe it’s all just luck and chance anyway”….. “I KNEW this was too good to be true”…. “boy, ya see me an dis faith thing I dun wid dat”…. “waste of time”…. in any case, the possibility of using your faith with POWER may never happen again
YOUR FAITH GROWS
You fa real ?…. FAILURE, big time, how can faith grow ???
THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH
1. produces other qualities that God requires in your character (James 1:3, 1 Peter 1:7)
2. ensures humility and prevents arrogance and pride. Humility is a very precious thing to God. (James 4:6, Proverbs 3:34, 1 Peter 5:5)
PROVES THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
If EVERY time you spoke it came to pass…. and WHATEVER YOU SAID happened…. then you would BE LIKE GOD…. Mark 11:23-24 is true… BUT it is just as well (for the safety of our planet and the order of the Universe) that no human (in our IMPERFECT state) has that “level of faith”…. because no imperfect human could handle that level of POWER.
Christians are called to EXERCISE FAITH….. NEITHER becoming DISCOURAGED or ARROGANT….. regardless of the outcome…… our FAITH is supposed to be IN GOD and the TRUTH OF HIS WORD – the Bible.
NO FAITH FOR AGNOSTICS
The “agnostic” is a popular fellow…… there are probably many more “agnostics” than they are either Christians or Atheists…… let me explain…
FAITH OF THE ATHEIST
The CHRISTIAN has “FAITH” that God EXISTS
The ATHEIST has “FAITH” that God does NOT EXIST.
But the AGNOSTIC is……. “sitting on the fence supposedly open-minded about it all”……. unwilling to engage with FAITH…… and (in most cases) oblivious to the IMPORTANCE or a decision…. or the RELEVANCE of the matter…. what can they hope to gain by NOT making a decision ?….. how can they escape judgement by neglecting to investigate such an IMPORTANT MATTER and come to some CONCLUSION about it ?
DOOM OF THE AGNOSTIC
The Perennial Procrastination…. and Indolent Indifference of the Agnostic leads to their damnation as surely as the Ravings of the most Rabid atheist !
“Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sow, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7)
“How shall we escape, if we NEGLECT so great salvation…” (Hebrews 2:3)