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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Insanity of Faithlessness

Consider it ... most humans have a low view of themselves.  Even the braggarts are often trying to compensate for their own fear. Deep down inside most wrestle with all manner of anxiety and fretting.  Our low view of self causes many to criticize and condemn others.  It leads us to in action for fear of failure.  It can effect every area of our life.

Yet, even when we come in contact with an omnipotent (all powerful) God, we struggle to trust Him. Our tendency is still to trust in our self.  Our default is to live self dependently.  When faced with a choice to depend upon the Almighty God of Heaven and Earth, or to go it alone relying on our own limited power and ability, we tend to take the latter.   Why is this so?

We have seen our own failure.  We know our limitations.  Yet, we will continually try the same things over and over, knowing full well we will fail again rather than ... stepping out in faith and believing God?  Many who struggle in this way have read His promises.  They are familiar with the testimony of history and the amazing exploits of those who have relied upon the Lord.  They know of the truth of Scripture which chronicle the incredible accomplishments of God's people.  And, they may even express a desire to "be like" or "live like" these men and women of faith.  Yet, when push comes to shove, they trust in themselves rather than in the Great God of Eternity.  Why is this so?  

Is it simply because we are physical and God is spiritual?  Is it because we can see and feel ourselves and our life but can not see and feel Him?  This does not seem to be the answer because we trust in many things we can not see and feel.  We rely on things like electricity, gravity and magnetic pull. One might say that we can see the effects of those things.  But, can we not see the effects of self reliance?

We rely on things like modern romanticism and secular post-modern philosophies and we can not see those things either. Could it be that the consultant promotion of these things in our lives simply overpowers anything else?

I am not sure of all the reasons, my friends.  But, I do know this.  The more we look at God ... the more we read His Word, study His truths and meditate on His character ... the more we are able to TRUST Him.  His own Word says that "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God."  Jesus taught that man "can live by bread alone but must live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."  This requires an intentional step of faith, a change of life, where we shut off the valve of humanism flowing into our lives and open wide the gate of spiritual, Godly, Biblical influence.  And as we do this, everything begins to change.

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