Faith Comes… (Relationship and Repetition)

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Let’s talk about something everyone has to deal with. Something EVERYONE has experience with.

Faith.

What’s that? You say you’re not a religious person? An atheist? Agnostic?
Well then, let’s just leave God out of this conversation; for a while, at least.

Faith.

Have you ever considered the dynamics of faith? Faith in a good friend’s word or promise? Or, faith in an enemy’s word or promise? How can their word be so important, so powerful? How is faith in someone developed?

Relationship and repetition.

It is almost impossible to believe someone you don’t know. Someone you have no experience with. Yet, though you may not have enough experience with someone to take them at their word, you still have a degree of faith where they’re concerned. You may actually know, or believe, that “someone” can’t be trusted at all! But that’s faith. That’s what you believe.

What you believe is so powerful, it controls your life!

My dad used to tell me, “I can’t make you do anything; but I can make you wish you had of.” Meaning, of course, I’d better consider my next step, for it will determine his. Though no one may be able to MAKE you, or FORCE you to do anything, what you believe will govern your actions throughout life. Like a lamb to the slaughter, or an eaglet flying for the first time. You will say things, do things, or not say or do something…because of faith.

There is only one thing in the universe stronger than faith. Love. Yet love and faith work side by side. When you have a hard time believing, faith is propped up by love. You want to keep believing because you love. Love, at times, must be held onto with the only grip you can muster; faith.

Who in your life do you believe? In whom do you trust? Why? Remember, we’re not referring to God at this moment. But why do you trust whom you trust?

Is it because you have experienced life together? Has the person you trust made promises to you and followed through, actually doing what they promised to do? Do you trust someone because of a faithful friend’s word?

Relationship and repetition.

The more someone is trusted, the greater the relationship develops, the more powerful faith is. This is where repetition comes in to play. You hear a word, a promise from your friend. You trust their word. They honor their promise. Your trust, faith grows. The more they promise, the more you trust. As long as they continue to honor their word, your faith in them grows and grows and grows and…

To where someday, during a time of fellowship with your friend, he tells you to take your teenage son to a certain mountain, and offer him as a sacrifice. Your son. The one who was given to you by your friend. The son whom your friend had promised was to be a blessing to all the world! And, because of faith, you do it! (At least you attempt to, until your friend stops you)

Now, let’s allow God to join us, eh?

“So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”
(Romans 10:17 NLT)

Faith in God comes the same way we discussed earlier. Relationship. Even a “little” relationship, one filled with doubt, skepticism, anger; whatever. It’s a start.

Relationship and repetition.

Telling God you don’t believe in Him, let alone trust Him. Yelling at God in anger over the loss of a loved one…

Relationship and repetition.

Will you say to God anything and everything you want? He knows you want to. It’s part of relationship. And will you allow Him the honor, and the opportunity, of speaking into your life. A word here, a promise there. The more He speaks, the more you listen, the more He acts, the more you believe. The more you believe, the more you act upon His word.

Relationship and repetition.

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