17 JANUARY 2021 IS GOD THE CENTRE OF YOUR FAITH? We may read this question and wonder at it. We may think, Yes, God is at the centre of my faith. The thoughts left here are not to challenge our faith and cause us to doubt whether we are rooted and grounded in the love of God and have full faith in Him to carry us through life. Rather, I would like to share thoughts of encouragement. They are thoughts that have helped me and strengthened me in my Christian life. God is the giver of all good things, and He gives us faith when we are willing to commit our lives into His hands. This verse is such a strengthening thought about Christian faith and what it can do for us: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7. As you think about this, you may have realized that sometimes you have feared a situation that is at hand and have acted accordingly. It has caused us to take things into our own hands and try to work it out in a way that is leaning on my own understanding. That is the humanistic/anti God view. “Humanism places tremendous responsibility on man. Man has to deliver himself from many difficult situations. He feels responsible to exact vengeance on the wicked. There are many social ills to be corrected. Physical health and mental stability require man-made answers. Much responsibility is assumed by men today to preserve nature and the environment. On the contrary “Faith in God entrusts the larger part of that responsibility to the heavenly Father. He is our deliverer. Vengeance is left to God because He is our defence. The body is only temporary, and we are the stewards of it.” Something that stands out about a faith like this versus a humanistic faith is that if we give God freedom to take the situation at hand, we can be assured that things will be taken care of, and He will do according to His will. We do not need to worry ourselves with all the details and feel so responsible that everything is carried out in the right way. Certain situations in life can cause us to fear the outcome, so we act in the way that seems best to us, and we move ahead of God. On the other hand, because of our dependence upon the things that we have acquired through hard work, money, etc., we can move ahead of God because there is a feeling of self-sufficiency. Both ways have a way of saying that we want to control the matter at hand, and we are saying that things need to go the way we think. Then when or if we find that it does not, we get discouraged and wonder why God did not act upon our faith. Would it not be better to have a faith from the beginning in God that allows God to work things out in His time and way? As we experience this kind of faith, we will be able to see and feel the Spirit of power within us. Jesus asked when here on earth, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8. As we entrust the larger part of the responsibility of situations to God, we will be able to see the power He has for us, and through that power, we will be able to carry out the responsibilities that are ours and act upon the faith He gives us. There will also be a rest and a sound mind that can be ours when we trust all to God. May our faith not diminish in this day but be strengthened as we allow God to be the centre of our faith and let the power of His might be in us. Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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