Finding God's Winning Spirit

Blind Faith

October 12, 2015 | Greg Smith | Focus

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We all know that love is blind, unfortunately, many think faith is too. The world tells us that blind faith is “the unquestioning of anything that is dictated by the religion of choice, no matter how foolish.” The influential American essayist and journalist H. L. Mencken once called faith “an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”

What has always concerned me is that many of my Christian clients tend to agree. They think that living by faith means learning to be comfortable with doubt or "not knowing" – hoping things will work out. The New Testament does not use faith in this sense at all. The Bible describes faith as being neither blind nor illogical. God’s Word says:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

The Greek word for faith in the New Testament is pistis, which means, assurance, belief, and fidelity. Looking at the New Testament definition of faith we see that it does not mean guessing or blind hope but rather it talks about assurance (knowing something is true) and being devoted (fidelity) to what we believe. It is about acting on what we believe – what we spiritually know to be true.

As Christians we are not supposed to sit idly by hoping things will work out but rather should be engaged in life, actively pursuing the upward call of Jesus Christ. We should be living our lives victoriously based on confidence that comes from the assurance and conviction that God will do what he says he will do.

When we are loyal (fidelity) to what we say we believe, and commit ourselves to him, things will drastically change.  It is then and only then that our deeds will match our faithful words. Being transformed by God’s Holy Spirit allows us to do what we say we will do.  Living out of faith means that when we promise God we will turn something over to him - we actually turn it over.  When the New Testament says not to worry – we stop worrying. When Jesus tells us to come to him when we are weary and troubled – we go to him. This is when faith really works - when we put it to work. 

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