Does anyone understand what faith is anymore?
Oh well Speedy, faith is obviously believing in something.
Hmm… no, not quite.
I feel like so many Christians have lost the idea of faith. The word still holds some weight thank God, but faith, true hard actual faith, has had it’s definition skewed.
Your on the Titanic. Screw the whole romantic story. It’s not part of what you’re involved in. You’re just some screwball on the boat and it’s going down…
Christ comes down and calls out to you, standing on the waters and he says “Come here. Walk out to me.”
Would you do it?
Oh well of course Speedy. It happened once before!
Really… is that why? So you’ll leave the boat and start walking on water ONLY BECAUSE, it’s been tested, proven, and recorded - at least to your ideas as a Christian.
For some reason, I’d think quite a few people would start sinking. I think many more, knowing the story or not, would simply stay where they are, thinking they were hallucinating, thinking that this Jesus dude is absolutely crazy.
The problem here: You’re walking off the boat because you have faith that it worked before.
NO! NO! NO!
That’s not quite it people. It’s something we all forget far too often.
Faith is absolute. It is unquestionable. So many Christian lack faith these days! Far too many! We are unworthy of the name “Christian!” Christian is a name that used to be an insult, and the people who wore that name wore it proudly. Where is that pride!? Where is that strength. Christians hide their faces these days, and if God were to call out to them in the midst of the world, I am scared too many would stay silent.
The Christians of the older days were the true icons of “FAITH.” They spoke in tongues, imbued with the Holy Spirit, going out and preaching God’s word to all who would listen, breaking cultural, lingual, and racial barriers alike. They were gifted with power from the Holy Spirit. Many people think that they held this power because it was granted to them by and only by Christ. That is incorrect. The bible says that all who hold faith in his name and call upon it without hesitation, remaining pure and strong in their love and faith for their savior Jesus Christ will receive the power of the Holy Spirit. It is not beyond us! Nothing is! God makes all things possible. The Christians of those days cleansed the sick, healed the blind, made the disabled move again, caste out demons from a realm and power beyond them, and created a cultural movement unparalleled in all of history. All this was accomplished, not by the power bestowed unto them, by truly by their faith in Christ alone.
Today, where are those Christians? DO YOU SEE THEM!? I see few, and I see many more fakes! Despicable fakes who seek to deceive people into believing they hold a power they do not. We are weak. We are faithless. We have forgotten the words of our Father and we have forgotten the roots of our faith. It has been corrupted by culture and politics.
Faith is absolute trust in your God and his existence.
To pray to God, and then doubt even for a second that it won’t happen… that is faithless. A prayer like that doesn’t deserve to be answered, but God chooses to answer anyway because of his grace and love.
We need to be faithful! We need to find our faith! We sit here meager and weak, living on fragile hopes and beliefs in possibilities.
There is no fragile hope. There is no “possibility”
There is only faith. Absolute hope. Impossibility!
If Christ came to you on the edge of the Titanic, wouldn’t you want to be the one to say Yes, and know, not because it happened before, but that because you can do all things through Christ, your savior, who is standing there, holding out his hand, that you could walk on that water, in the midst of the chaos?
Through our faith, no enemy can hurt us, no storm can scare us, and no lies can breach us. Death has no hold on us.
We call ourselves Christians, somebody who has total faith in Christ and that he died and rose again for our sins.
WE NEED TO START ACTING LIKE IT!