The Two Facets of Faith

Faith is a word that we “skim over” too often. We might say to someone (or just to ourselves) that faith is trust and let it go at that. We would be partly right but miss a vital truth. We have things that we believe; we trust that these things are true. If God’s Word is properly understood, when its Truths are revealed, we believe these Truths. However, this is only half the picture. We can believe 100% and even defend what we believe. We need to realize that we can be firmly grounded in God’s Truths and still end up “lost, forever.” We need to go further than only trusting the Truth; we need to trust what that Truth requires of us and take whatever action that Truth obligates us to take, or to implement. Half trust leaves us with a sterile faith. Dynamic faith means that we make personal application of what we trust to be Truth. We start by accepting God’s Truths in our minds and then order our lives by these Truths. Doing this fills our lives with love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. What this means to us will, God willing, occupy our thinking for the next few articles. There are many blessings that are often missed when we do not activate our faith. In Romans 10:10, Paul informed the church there, that: “….with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” Faith acted upon produces the “life more abundantly” which Jesus came to provide! (See John 10:10). “I care not today what the morrow may bring, if shadow or sunshine or rain, the Lord I know ruleth o’er everything, and all of my worries are vain. Though tempests may blow and the storm clouds arise, obscuring the brightness of life,  I’m never alarmed at the overcast skiesthe Master looks on at the strife. I know that He safely will carry me through, no matter what evils betide; why should I then care though the tempest may blow, if Jesus walks close to my side. Our Lord will return for His loved ones some day, our troubles will then all be o’er; the Master so gently will lead us away, beyond that blest heavenly shore. Living by faith in Jesus above, trusting, confiding in His great love; from all harm safe in His sheltering arm,  I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.” (“Living by Faith” By James Wells [4th Stanza by R. E. Winsett]) Selah! Faith in action will bring showers of blessing!      Ron

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