I was reminded this week about the importance of increasing my faith in God. I started thinking about how easily it is to put my “faith” in things other than Him. How easily I can listen to others and put my “faith” in things that were heard.
This isn’t the faith that God wants us to have.
Taking offense towards someone produces bad faith. The bible says:
….faith comes by hearing…
What is it that we are listening to and putting our faith into? We do things because we “hear” something.
Take heed what you hear. You can get faith from the wrong thing. If it is scriptural you should receive it. It will make you :
….be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord….
1 Corinthians 15:58
If it is strife, it will create “faith: that is not a good faith. It will create imaginations and thoughts that are not of the Lord and you will take offense at things.
All someone has to do is say, “watch out for that person.” As soon as you see that person, immediately you put up a wall and your “faith” sets you back from them. You don’t even give that person a chance to say 2 words to you. But your “faith” spoke to you and this is what it produces.
Faith creates all the strife in the world. But on the wrong side.
When you have God faith it will create light. It will never speak evil, it will never become offended, it will never leave you, or forsake you. Its added with love. Love never fails. Faith works by love.
Instead of blowing something up it creates something. Love smooths out the wrongs.
Do you know why the bible says that God will never remember you sins? How does He do that? It isn’t by memory—because even we can remember people’s sins and probably remind them of that all of the time. We judge people every time we look at them, even when they have been forgiven. God’s faith is so powerful, it destroys your past. That is the type of faith that we should want to live by.
Take heed…….to pay attention to where your “faith” is coming from.
We live by faith….not by sight
2 Corinthians 5:7