31. Faith, Foolishness, or Presumption

September 21, 2021

Initial Faith
(A measure of Faith)

Rom. 10: 5-17; Acts 13: 38-42; 15: 7-9; Eph. 2: 5,8-9; Hab. 2: 4; Rom, 1: 16-17;; Gal. 2: 16; 2: 20; 3: 11-12; Heb. 10: 38; 1st John 5: 10-12

Romans 12: 3 “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

Hebrews 1: 7 “And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”

I have a good reason for using the above verses taken from the first chapter of Hebrews. We will be circling back around to those in time. For now, I want to continue with the topic of INITIAL FAITH. Biblically,  faith is sometimes compared to a seed, and as we all know seeds must be planted in order to grow. Go back and read the parable of the sower; think in terms of the Word of God being the seed of faith (Rom. 10:8) which enters the heart by hearing. That tiny mustard seed of  God’s Faith has within it God Himself. Any seed has the potential to grow into mighty trees. That’s why I believe every man is dealt “a measure of faith”. But just because I’ve been dealt this measure of faith, that doesn’t mean I will allow that seed to take root and grow. A seed of the faith of God is Divine and must be nurtured and treated as such; with the utmost respect.

 

We often complicate what

God has made so simple!

When combined with the knowledge of Ephesians 2:8-9; and the practice of Romans 10:9-10, we received the gift of Salvation known by many as the new birth (1st Pet. 1:23). Granted, mankind has come up with some incredible inventions, but no design can replace being born again (John 1:!3; 3:3-8). Nothing compares to the presence of the creative power of God’s Word working in your spirit (Col. 1:29). The Holy Spirit works from the inside out; man works and thinks from the outside in.                                                                                                                                                                                            The world is somehow under the mistaken impression that if we save the planet, we save ourselves (rude awakening). God has a perfect plan for the universe, let alone this planet. Christ is the apple of His eye. However, protecting the world and preserving it to its most pristine condition (which only Christ can do)won’t work out our own Salvation with fear and trembling. We make a well-meaning attempt at being good as a people, but that won’t cut the mustard either. Mankind’s standard for being good, nice, or friendly is not the standard laid out by The LORD Jesus Christ. We can’t convert the glory of God into something lowly as man’s idea of what is right or wrong. 

You’d be surprised at how many of our accomplishments I am so proud of and wholeheartedly support. However, science tends to leave God out of the equation. Interesting fact, many scientists over the past couple of centuries have begun to open up to Creationism. They have come to understand that God and our relationship with Him work hand-in-hand with all types of sciences. As long as we don’t put science first I believe we’re golden. But some scientists have put the cart before the horse for far too long. Subsequently, because of this the world has suffered incredible loss throughout the centuries. We’re presently in the midst of  a 100-year pandemic with no absolute solutions in sight.

For the Church, the Holy Spirit must be our teacher, leader, and comforter. He prompts and carries us on through the gift of  Salvation offered to us in Christ Jesus our LORD. At this point in the Christian life, our human spirit has been reborn. On the other hand, that cannot happen without a measure of faith. The act of receiving the gift of Salvation is not difficult. At least, no more than we make it of course. First of all, a person must acknowledge his need for deliverance. One must experience remorse because of a life lived in opposition too the will of God (Isa. 53).

Matt. 6: 13 “Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

When Christ was asked by the disciples to “ teach us to pray”, it was a teaching moment. A teaching moment is not giving a person the answer to the question on the test. But teaching moments will lead the individual to find the answers on their own. For example, Christ’s model prayer says, “Give us this day our daily bread.” As you grow in this Grace, you will learn to look to the Father as your source. Bread was a significant staple in Christ’s day. So what is Christ’s saying? As we move through the process of discipleship, from day one, we are to look to God the Father as the source of whatever we need for this journey into His (Christ) faith. Remember, this is not your faith; it is the “measure of faith” that has been dealt (given) to you. To be continued…

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