How to Perfect Your Faith

There are so many entries on faith in the bible

This is my favorite definition of faith in the bible. "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" [Hebrews 11:1 KJV], and my favorite story, that of the Centurion whose slave was ill and who said to Jesus, "Command that he gets well and it is done". Indeed every time I go back to that story I am reminded to reexamine my faith and yet, every time I go back it was always the time when I had perfected faith by surrender that miracles occurred. My ego always wants me to control how things will go, from the most mundane to the greatest challenges.

God does not test our faith. There is no need to do so. We create all these little dramas in our lives to experience something that we may grow. Hard as I try, I cannot imagine a punitive God.

I will illustrate this with a story. Once there was a man who had always been righteous. He never did anything wrong, did his duties well, and generally was very happy. His passion was designing ocean faring vessels, from the simplest to the most elaborate.

He was content with his work. It was how he honored God for every ship that he built, he first offered to God. Because he built ships, he traveled a lot and when he thought he had already worked enough, he decided to retire and do just volunteer work. He can now devote more time to helping others, not monetarily but with his time.

Although he has been quite successful, he lived simply, had plenty of good friends, and at sixty years of age, he had amassed a great fortune he planned to donate to charity when he passed on. He had never been married, nor had he fallen in love with anyone.

One day, while visiting a long time friend who had invited him for dinner, someone knocked on the door. As his friend was cooking dinner and could not leave the kitchen he asked the man to please open the door, and there she was, young and beautiful and with the most soulful eyes he had ever seen. He thought he was dreaming for his heart jumped, he felt it. He thought she was an angel that just dropped from the heavens.

The woman turned out to be the daughter of the neighbors across and she had come to ask if the paper was delivered that day because her parents did not get theirs. They were introduced and from then on he decided that this is the woman he wanted to marry.

So he courted her with flowers and presents and everything else he could think of. Generally she was very nice and kind hearted with him, but he knew she did not love him, not the romantic way. And the man got very frustrated, for there was nothing and no one he desired most.

One night after another frustrating night he turned to God. He was in his living room and he said out loud, “Why God, must you put this desire in my heart when you would not grant me her love. I have never asked You for anything and I am always grateful for what you have given me. I am asking you now! “And he wept,like an abandoned child for his pain was so great, and afterwards he fell asleep.

And an angel swept his spirit and took him to a place which seemed to float in the clouds and God was there.

And God waved His hand and there appeared another place and the man saw himself with this woman he loved. They were married and had children, but the woman fell in love with another man and tried to leave him. And in his anger, he took a gun and shot his wife and her lover and his children saw this and he was filled with remorse and he shot himself as well. And God said to him “Because you have always been faithful to me, I can grant you your wish and make her fall in love with you. But behold, what I showed you is what will happen in a few years, and that is a consequence of my intervening on your behalf, right now. Do you wish it?”

And the man woke up and behold it was a dream, and he understood why God did not want to grant him his wish. And he kneeled and prayed in earnest, and thanked God for his dream. He decided that it was best for him to forget the woman so he buried himself in charity work far away from where the woman lived, and did not visit the woman again. He told his friend the woman’s neighbor that he would be away and will not be visiting him for a while.

A few years passed and when he came back he had totally lost interest in the woman and he visited his friend again. When he arrived, there was somebody there with his friend. A woman! Oh but this woman looked so much like the woman he first fell in love with, but was older and also her eyes were different. It was full of compassion and kindness he could almost feel that the woman was pure and with a great love for God.

And his friend spoke and said “Please meet Mary, the other daughter of my neighbors across. Mary was in a nunnery for a long time but decided that her place was not in the nunnery but in serving various charities, and I thought you could use her help with your various charities.

And the man knew that this woman was what God reserved for him.

© 2009 by Melinda M. Sorensson

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metaphysician 7 years ago

That was a very lovely story.

Let's go and let's god. Just trust and everything will be alright and that's the hardest part for most (lay) people.

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msorensson 7 years ago Author

I just finished a book about it, last night. It is very interesting in the sense that the woman who had a perfect life had to go through incredible hardships and then, by maintaining her faith, talking to God and listening to the inner voice, she built an increadibly successful business.

Faith does move mountains, the mountains of worries, doubt, fear anger, pain and suffering that we ourselves create in order to learn something from it.

The moral of her story..450 pages that after those times when she felt hopeless and let it be, she realized that for everything that caused her pain, there was a lesson behind it.

The lesson was what was important in  the suffering. What did you learn from the suffering?

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metaphysician 7 years ago

Suffering reflects life. For one who really goes indept, will awaken the mind. Suffering leads one to seek for truth and freedom for suffering is at the other side of freedom. Patience and faith leads one to freedom.

"And the only power that you could really have is the power of faith!" - Tony Robbins

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msorensson 7 years ago Author

My suffering led me to he path of meditation

Oh, wow, I did not know that Tony Robbins said that. Thank you!!

When I was a post doc in California, my adviser and Tony Robbins were neighbors, so at least I have seen his house.

I never really went to his seminars, no time at the time.  Instead on my off hours [very little] I went to a health club. It was fascinating to watch all those celebrities, but the beauty of the club is that no member ever bothers you.

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AlexK2009 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I have found things I wanted tended to happen after I had moved on. Now I try not to be too upset at not getting what I want and am succeeding more often. A good parable

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msorensson 7 years ago Author

Detachment is the last step in the manifestation process so this is where you go when you move on.

We give many names to God [smiles] A few would be Divine Spirit, Higher Self, Universal Mind, you can proceed from there. The faith that I wanted to impress upon the readers is the fact that the universe supports us when we leap without seeing a net to catch us. We strenghten faith with experience and this is how we get to the point of fearlessness.

One of the things that always make me smile when I read the Bible KJV is when Moses got frustrated with the people he led out of Egypt; the same who have seen miracles and still went back to their old ways. He told God to take him already as he was tired.. will this not make you smile? And God told Moses his job is not done yet...

As long as we are here, our jobs are not done yet. Lessons are everywhere. We simply have to listen.

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metaphysician 7 years ago

Just in case you want to know where I got Tony quote, it was found on his bestseller "Lesson in Mastery" audio program, a six cd with 12 self mastery session. And thanks for the clarification in your comment. :-)

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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

This reminds me of that old say "be careful what you ask for ,you just might get it!"

I saw this story on aol about a man who won millions of dollars in the megamillions lottery.He was robbed ,his wife divorsed him,his daughter died of a drug overdose which was the reason his wife divorsed him .He was providing the money his daughter was using to buy drugs. He was being sued for something he did to someone in a bar.He was probably drunk.

I sometimes feel like buying a lottery ticket,but when I see stories like his it gives me pause.

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msorensson 7 years ago Author

Thank you, Metaphysician

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msorensson 7 years ago Author

Hello, Someonewhoknows

Osho lived well, as well as Chogyam Trungpa. I don't think they were blemished by the wealth around them. Like a lotus that can be surrounded and grow from mud but the mud won't stick to them.

Same with money. Whether one has it or not is relevant only to the extent one gives it. Please think about this. What would you do with 100 million dollars?

Thank you for your comment.

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This is a magnificent work. It deserves broad readership, way beyond Hub Pages. I cannot think of a more exemplary story I have read to demonstrate why all of our prayers are not answered affirmatively. Bravo!

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msorensson 7 years ago Author

Thank you, James. That is so kind.

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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

I completely agree ms! Beautifully written, well told - an ultimate truth! Glad you wrote a book about it - please do let us know when you have it published! I'll be watching for it :)

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msorensson 7 years ago Author

Thank you!!

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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Many people who worked for their wealthy deserve it,and appreciate what it allows them to do with it,where "most" who recieve it without the work required to obtain it simply don't appreciate how fortunate they were before recieving it, in their relationships with people.

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msorensson 7 years ago Author

The ones who were born wealthy or acquired it without much effort have other things to work out in their lives. They don't have to learn about having to acquire wealth anymore.

Money in and of itself is neutral. We give it meaning depending on how we relate to it.

blueraven6 7 years ago

There is another level of faith not taught in Sunday Schools.

It is a level called: "Knowing". When you have known Christ so intimately you know He loves you, You've arrived.

This story is a demonstration of that level of faith.

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