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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Believest Thou This?

The ultimate question?
"Do you believe this?"
It provides the test of insight and faith and includes all the subtle turns of thought.
It is moving from abstract belief to personalized trust.
It is coming to terms with my ordeal of doubt.
It is facing my fear of pain. It is about the fear to love.
It is about the fear of surrender.
It is about the fear of ____________
Fear must be overcome to embrace faith; belief must inspire faith to overcome fear.

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

"I do believe; help my unbelief."

The question asked by many whether stated as an underlying, subtle thought, or blatantly as a harsh expression of doubt and fear finds it end with these words;

Can I trust God?

There is something in life which is moving, drawing, pushing towards the deliberation, yours and mine, of a personal answer to that question. What is your ordeal of doubt? Of fear? Where and when will you come to a place where you will own your own personal intimacy with Christ?

Whatever belief inheritance you have come with will have to resolve itself with a personal possession of belief in God, and that through His Son Jesus Christ, whether that be Yea or Nay. Your belief inheritance must move from a possession of solely future rewards to a fulfillment found in this current life. Your belief must adjust apart from the sometimes overwhelming circumstances that life throws your way. Hebrews 11:6, "... without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

There is a requirement of a persistent, continuous, contemporaneous action of faith as a result of belief. There is the requirement to commit by faith with confidence refusing to compromise to any other belief than that of belief in Jesus Christ.

Faith is not a single act providing a person with a paid-in-full, non-forfeitable insurance policy for eternal life; it is not a single act securing a ticket to Heaven.

Faith is a state, a habit of mind which the believer enters into at justification. Faith in order to be functional must become as natural as breathing, "real faith which is honest goes on from time to eternity."

Belief needs faith to give it legs. John 1:12, "... as many as received (believed) Him, to them He gave the right (power) to become the children of God, to them that are believing, persevering in His Name." Where faith is belief survives the onslaught of life; where enduring faith is there will be completion; the perseverance of the Saints is grounded on persistent trust in Jesus Christ as a continuum of life.
We cannot just believe and walk away, faith requires a non-arbitrary consideration of the certainty of the claims and promises of God, and in that, God has a right of expectation of compliance and obedience as indispensable to salvation. Phil. 2;12, " ... just as you have always obeyed, ... work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God Who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."

"I AM", saith Christ, "your glorious head"
(May we attention give),
"the resurrection of the dead,
the life of all that live."

By faith in me the soul receives
new life, though dead before;
and he that in my name believes,
shall live to die no more.

Preserve the pow'r of faith alive
in those who love thy name
for sin and Satan daily strive
to quench the sacred flame.

Thy pow'r and mercy first prevail'd,
from death to set us free;
and often since our life had fail'd,
if not renew'd by Thee.

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