Here are five #TrueFacts about faith:
- Faith is not a Feeling
Western peoples have never fully recovered from Romanticism. We lean way to heavily on how we feel at any given moment. This is probably why so much of our church experiences these days are designed to evoke or promote certain feelings. But, faith is not a feeling. It is trust (regardless of feeling) in God.
- Faith is a Gift
“For by grace you have been saved athrough faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” (Eph 2:8). If we want to trust God more, we should ask. True we can stir the faith we have, but more faith means more asking. “Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.” (Mk 9:24).
- Faith is Powerful
Jesus said that if we have faith like a mustard seed we can command mountains to move. (Matt 17:20). Whatever that means in practice, great faith brings great power.
- Faith = Trust, not Manipulation
Faith means trusting God, not manipulating him. Having great faith doesn’t mean you always get what you want from God. It means you always get God no matter what else you get.
- Put Faith in God, not Your Ability to Understand
This is subtle, but really important. Faith says to God, “Father, your will be done.” While studying the Bible introduces us to God, it does not give us secret knowledge of all His ways. Sometimes we will pray for things to which God says, “no.” In those moments, we must remember that we are people of faith in God, not in our ability to comprehend Him.