I have been speaking with a few people recently about faith. Some are very new to the concept , some have found life challenges result in their faith not being strong enough and evaporating and some having had poor or even bad past experiences with church have not started their life of faith in Jesus Christ.
So I thought it might help if I start a short series in my blog covering my thoughts from Scripture on faith and how I have found that I can rest completely with absolute confidence in the God given faith that He has given me in Christ.
The work place is not immune from its struggles, pressures and emotions and for me to be able to positively rub off on my fellow workers as my last blog spoke about, I need to rest 100% with confidence in the promises of the Bible. In other words have a faith that gives me a peace that passes understanding which guards my heart and soul in Christ Jesus as Scripture describes.
As a lovely little saying says from a popular film, I need to know that “It will be all right in the end and if it is not all right then it simply is not the end”. I need to know that whatever life throws at me I will have a positive future with God and He will supply all my needs.
It seems a little strange to me that so many people think little about God at all and out of the blue in a crisis, grab at faith as a hand hold and expect something wonderful to work “just like that” as Tommy Coper would have said.
We know from Scripture that without faith it is impossible to please God and that faith is the substance for things hoped for that we can trust and the evidence of things unseen.
So let’s look at an analogy to help us see how God wants us to begin to trust and have faith in Him, and lets use a marriage as God sees it for us as our analogy:
First, before a person (say the chap) can get to really know he can trust and rely on a woman 100%, he has to meet her in the first place!
Once he has met her he has to ask her out for a date so that they can spend time together.
Then the two of them need to spend quality time together getting to know each other. The more time spent together the more opportunity there is for joint decisions to be made, fun to be had, problems to be solved and it is through these times together that they get to fall in love and more than that, they get to have faith/trust in each other.
Then the chap needs to make this a permanent thing so asks her to marry him.
Once married they live together and so their trust deepens and faith in each other grows stronger and stronger.
Then when a crisis comes as so often it does in life, let’s say at work for this chap, he will have complete faith that his wife will be there with him shoulder to shoulder. The crisis wont break this absolute faith in his trust of her. If it was the reverse then the same would be true of course.
So it is with faith in God.
First we have to meet Him, then we have to ask Him to “come with us” *. After this we need to spend time with Him (this means spending time each day talking with Him and reading the Scripture which is His word to us. It also helps to find a church to attend and get to know and send time with Christian people).
As we spend time with Him like this we get to know Him and as God is the same yesterday, today and forever we get to realise that He simply won’t let us down, and so our faith and trust in Him grows stronger and stronger.
*So to experience the real, true and relevant power of faith in the living God of the Bible as we move into a new decade, the first thing is to ask Him to come with you along life’s journey. The book of Romans chapter 10 and verses 9 and 10 says this “ .. if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and the mouth one confesses and is saved”.
So for a person seeking an unwavering faith to help them at work, home and play they first need to find God and invite Him into their lives to be saved. Jesus claimed to be God explaining that He was God being revealed to us in the flesh since no one has seen God the Father. So as God wants us to be able to get to know Him He became flesh (one of us humans) and dwelt among us. This was c 2000 years ago. Some may wish it had been in our life time but it wasn’t, so what we have is the Bible as our starting point to find out what it was God was saying to us through the person of Jesus.
He explains that we need to (A) admit we are not perfect and are sinners needing forgiveness from the perfect and Holy God, (B) Believe that it is Jesus as God who took on that punishment when he gave His life through the Roman execution process of crucifixion followed by His rising to life and (C) Commit your life to Him by asking Jesus to forgive you and asking Him to come with you along the rest of life’s journey. This a,b,c “Process” sits under the 16th verse of the 3rd chapter of the book written by John called John’s Gospel which says “ For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosever believes in Him should not perish ( in hell) but have everlasting life (starting now and continuing in Heaven). Italics are my added words for explanation.
In conclusion then to this first blog on faith, it is likely that if we are chatting about this then our current conversations will focus more around how to find God and how to believe that He “is” so that you can get on this first step of faith, because after all, Scripture says if we want to find God who gives us and is the source of this powerful faith, we can only do this if we at least believe He exists to begin with– even if we don’t understand it all yet.
Take care folks and God bless you all this Christmas time.