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Faith And Moving Mountians
What Makes Up Faith
This is a short story from a bible Study guide that I read and I thought it full of useful information about understanding faith. Let me assure you that this is not my creation, but I do believe that it is consise in breaking down what faith is.
How would you define faith? How would you explain your faith to someone who is unchurched or a non-believer?
FAITH has three important facets of meaning: Belief, Trust and Commitment.
Atoms are the building blocks of all that is. Even though we have not seen them unless, we look into a microscope, we believe they do exist. Believing is accepting the reality of something based on an establish authority. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. we believe Jesus really existed, walked the earth as the incarnate Son of God, and was resurrected on the third day. Even though none of us were actually there to witness the events ourselves, we believe based on an established authority. However, in Jesus' day, there were people who saw Him perform miracles, yet did not believe. They were missing the next element-trust.
When you go to sit in down a chair, you probably don't think about whether it will hold you up before you sit. You trust the chair will keep you from hitting the ground. On the other hand, you also have a firm trust that without the chair, you have no power to levitate yourself off the floor. Trust in God means having faith that He is able to save us, as well as knowing we are not able to save ourselves. God invites us to trust our lives as well as our desires to Him. If He doesn't answer a prayer the way we want Him to, we trust that He has our best interest in mind. Faith focuses on God's willingness and ability to intervene in our lives. His ultimate intervention in our lives happened on the cross.
Commitment is the act of binding ourselves to a course of action. When we put our faith in God, we make a firm commitment to go to Him with the problems we encounter. Mark 11:22-23 does not refer to a literal mountain, but rather a problem or an issue that seems too large to overcome. Jesus' teaching assures us that all problems have a solution in God through faith. Commitment means responding to those problems in a Christlike way. What mountians are you facing today? Believe God will help you with them. Trust Him even when it seems He is not listening. And most of all, stay committed to Him.