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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Faith

Many people have come to me in my counseling practice with the statement, "I don't feel God anymore." I hear this in the church, at meetings, at dinners, anywhere and everywhere. It seems to be a constant complaint that fellow Christians recite.

My answer to them does not bring them the comfort they want nor the resolution they are seeking.

I answer with. "Perhaps God, now, wants you to walk by faith."

Romans 10:17 (Amplified Bible)

So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).

I heard a woman say one time that she had always been a Christian. She was brought up in the church. She envied those who came to Christ later in life because they had had that supernatural experience of feeling God. That it was harder for her to walk in faith because she had never felt God in this way. I must agree, it would be harder for me, if I did not have that moment in time when I first found God.

But, what happens to those first feelings? That overwhelming sense and knowledge that God exists. So many Christians long to continue those feelings.

I believe there comes a time when God wants you to walk only by faith. He has not pulled away from you, He wants you to find Him blindly. Learning to trust in those things "unseen".

What kind of faith would it be if we were to always feel God's presence. It, really, would take no faith at all. That sense, feeling, of God is withdrawn so that we can learn to trust Him by faith. It is a loving thing to with drawl these feelings, because, without blind faith we would not be able to stand till the end.

I have to build my faith. To come to the ultimate conclusion that God exists in everything and that He will and can do anything. By faith, I will endure, by faith,I will see God, by faith, I will walk out my love for my God.

Those who continue to pursue those first feelings of power and glory are leaning on their earthly senses not on faith. We are not to be guided by our senses, but, by faith in Jesus Christ. I know that there are times when the Spirit of God falls on you and you feel that joy or rush of power or get goose bumps, but, to pursue that or to think God has left you because you don't constantly feel Him is to be lead by a natural need.

God is always present. He has not departed. He just wants you to build up your faith. A faith that can "move mountains".

2 comments:

jason said...

great blog, keep it up

Given55 said...

Thank you, Jason