WHAT IS F A I T H?

 

A WEEK-END CONTEMPLATIVE MEDITATION

Day 1(8) Sunset at Glenelg..JPG

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb.11:1

Can faith be taught? Yes, by ‘example’

Religion can be taught.   Instruction gives information!

It is possible to spend your life learning the Christian Bible.  From cover to cover and having ‘religion’ as the life force of your life.   This is no bad thing…Christian ethics and morality is a civilizing force and endemic.

BUT…………

(and I taught ‘Religious Instruction’ for thirty years) .I continue to pray that the ‘information’ I gave children will point them in the right direction.

BUT……..We also taught our own children…BUT……….

Christian ‘faith’ cannot be given, taught or learnt.

It is a GIFT yes but it is all about ONE PERSON.

There has and is no other like HIM.

We can and must respect other ‘religions’ lifestyles, ideas ,principles and academic pursuits but we CANNOT ever compromise .

There is only one CHRIST.

Totally surrendered to Him, Our lives, minds, hearts, academic pursuits.  EVERYTHING.

Now either HE is LORD of ALL then He is not LORD at all.

Now that is

F A I T H

One Saviour!   One Lord!

THE PERSON is the story.   He’s in the BOOK but He is not the BOOK.

He is the LIVING WORD.

As little children, we must come. That is FAITH.

He alone is GOD WITHIN.

Let’s ponder and pray.  Do I have ‘faith?’ Can I find ‘faith?’

or  Do I have religion?

For now we see in a mirror dimly but then face to face.   Now I know in part but then I shall know Just as I am known.  Abide in faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is LOVE.

1 Cor.13:12&13

Only Christ is DIVINE LOVE.

Something to think about.

Have a great weekend.  Keep dry and warm……….Blaze LOVE.

About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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