Wednesday, July 25, 2012

How do you define faith?


Yes, I am talking about the word faith, not me Faith:)
Sometimes when a word or phrase is so commonly used, we forget the depth of meaning behind it. 
As I have been praying about the purpose of my blog, and how God wants to use it, I realized that a big part of the heart behind my blog is found in my name. Faith.
My blog is a place where my I can share my life and as I share my life, my faith will shine through!

So what does it mean to have faith? A lot of people would define faith as a feeling. If you feel you believe something even without evidence of it's existence, then you have faith.
So if I say that I have faith in God and that He is in control, what happens if my feelings change one day, and I no longer feel that connection to God. 
What happens when my circumstances change and I no longer feel as though God is taking care of me?

Faith should be constituted by more than the way we feel. It should be grounded in what we know to be true of God based on His word and His promises.

Hebrews 11:1
Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 

The dictionary defines assurance as " A positive declaration intended to give confidence or certainty; a promise. 

So faith is the promise, the confidence, the certainty....so much more than a feeling.

"Faith is something we own; it is ours. But we must do more than possess faith intellectually, we must own it in our hearts. Faith is not something to be reasoned from afar, but something we throw ourselves into-heart, mind and soul."    
-Linda Dillow
I would dare to argue then that faith should be an action. Anyone can say they have faith, but very few actually live a life of faith. 

The example Linda Dillow gives in her book Calm My Anxious Heart, is to imagine that you are in a crowd watching a man walk a tight rope across Niagara Falls. The man then proceeds to push a wheelbarrow across the tight rope. After his 5th trip across the falls, including one with a 200 lb dog in the barrow, he asks the crowd how many of you believe he could easily take a human across the falls in his wheelbarrow.
You are pretty sure he could do it, so you raise your hand along with the crowd to express your faith in this man. Then he points at you and tells you to "get in." At this point, do you really have faith in him and put your life in his hands, or do you walk away with just the feeling of faith?

"It's one thing to believe God can do something. 
It's quite another to put yourself in a position of reliant trust."
                                                                     -Linda Dillow

I, myself, have been challenged to look at the way I live my life and ask if I truly live a life of faith or am just content with the feelings of faith. How much simpler life would be if we acted on our faith and put our lives in the hands of our creator, sustainer, the one who is far more capable of caring for us than we are for ourselves!

2 Corinthians 5:7 
We live by faith not by sight.

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10 comments:

  1. Amen sister! So glad that I found you here in the blog world. Love connecting with other believers. This is such a great reminder. So often we throw that world around forgetting the deeper meaning of it. Believing in the unseen and knowing that He shows Himself in that space. Thank you so much for sharing! Such a wonderful word He spoke through you today! Blessings!

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  2. Great post! Faith is like love...it's more than a feeling.

    "It's one thing to believe God can do something. It's quite another to put yourself in a position of reliant trust." -Linda Dillow
    I really needed to read this quote in my life right now!

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  3. AMEN! What a wonderful post, and very much something I needed to read today. Thank you so much for this blog post!

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  4. This is such a great post! I was totally stunned by the Niagara Falls example - crazy but so true! There's no WAY I'd want to jump in that wheelbarrow! I also love that you point out that faith is not a feeling. I truly believe it's a choice and an action - like love or trust. Too often I rely on my feelings and don't choose what's right when I need to.

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  5. Wow! That made me look at faith in a whole new way! I think I would only get on the wheelbarrow if I knew the man real, real, well. That is what gives me faith, knowing the person, not just being an observer! Having a personal relationship makes my faith strong and I can trust whatever the person says and does for/with me. I think my relationship with my hubby is like that. That is why he is such a good example of God's love for me. Bea from www.LearnToSwimWithMissBea.blogspot.com

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  6. This is an awesome post! Too often, I am content with feelings instead of acting on my faith. I needed to read this today. Thanks for sharing this! Have a blessed day!

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  7. Hi there.

    Stopping by to tell ya just how sweet it is to have you linked up with us for wordless Wednesday at localsugarhawaii.com. Thanks for that. I love that I get to stop by and see your beautiful site, reflect a bit on faith and soak up the light you share here. =)

    Following ya now and happy rest of the week to ya.

    xo,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

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  8. absolutely fantastic post. So true

    drop by nichollvincent.blogspot.com say say hello :)

    have a good one!

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  9. Faith is such an important part of our walk with God. Yes, we take it for granite and say it lightly, don't we? Glad to connect with you. Hope to see you at my site too. blessings amy
    AmyHagerup.com

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  10. You've summed it up brilliantly. Thanks for linking up for Flash Blog Friday. Great to have you along. Cheers Bree.

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