Lacking Faith, A Personal Decision You Make

What is faith? Does anyone truly know what faith is? The Websters dictionary defines faith as “1. Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence; the judgment that what another states or testifies is the truth. I have strong faith or no faith in the testimony of a witness, or in what a historian narrates (Websters Dictionary, 2009).” After reading the definition of faith I understand that it’s seeing something as truth. So from an evangelical point of view we can say that faith is when the mind see’s the divine revelations of God as truth. We see the authority of God as truth. When we see the word of God as truth. Our firm unshakeable belief of God means we have faith in God.

How do we see God so clearly as truth that we will become as a tree planted by the water and shall not be moved (psalms 1:3)? To start out we have to get to know God. In order to do that we have to learn about God from within the bible. Not just briefly scanning the pages. We have to completely submerge ourselves within the pages. Every second we spend reading the bible is another second we spend getting to know God. He has left us a blue print of who he is. It’s not just enough to know of him we need to have a dedicated intimate relationship with him. By this I mean we have to know him like we know know any other friend or family member we have. We spend time with them. We find out what they like and don’t like. We share our feelings and concerns with them. We share everything with them. I have come to the final conclusion that this is what we, mankind, were created for. Fellowship or friendship with God. However, before I get into all that I want get back to faith.

In Hebrews Chapter 11 there’s an abundance of knowledge about faith. How to have faith in God. It tells how the back in the day mankind knew God and had faith in him. So, that’s where I want to start.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Heb 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

In Hebrews verse one we see that faith is the substance of all things hoped for. Faith is the substance? Substance is a physical matter. So Faith is the physical matter of things we hope for. The rest of the verse says evidence of things unseen. So we hope for things we cannot see? Because it says here that faith is the physical matter of things we hope for proof of things we cannot see. Sort of makes us wonder what were hoping for huh? If we can’t see something why would we hope for it?
Well we cannot see the physical matter of Love or peace can we? We do see the evidence or proof of it’s presence do we not? We know when someone loves us by the actions they show towards us. We do not see an creature over our friends and family with a big t-shirt that says love. Yet we know what love is by it’s actions within them. Faith here is the physical matter of love. We believe in love. We believe in love because we can see it as truth. We see love as truth because it’s written God is love (1 John 4:7). For some this may be a little bit complicated and confusing. So we will venture forth further into the scriptures.

Lets look at Hebrews 11:3 now. This scripture seems fairly easy to understand. Yet there’s a wealth of knowledge in this one verse. It tells us that Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed. In Gen 1:1 it starts talking about the creation of the world. So, how do we have faith that God created the heavens and earth? Man kind wasn’t even created yet? We believe the physical matter around us as truth. We have faith because we see that the world we live in is an amazing beautiful place to live. So I think in order to have faith that God created the heavens and earth, to learn more about God, to believe him as truth we need to go back to the beginning. Learn about the beginning in Genesis.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Gen 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Gen 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Gen 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Gen 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Gen 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Gen 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Gen 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
Gen 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Gen 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Gen 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Gen 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

When we look to the first chapter in Gen, we learn of the creation of the world we live in. The first step in having faith is seeing what is written within the bible as truth, as being the real truth about God. The first verse says In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Enough said right? Pretty simple to understand. In the beginning God created the heaven and earth. It was written that God created the heaven and the earth because he wanted us to know he created it. The next verse goes on to tell us that “ the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” So, the earth was without form or void, and the spirit of God move upon the waters. So there was so land no light, void, emptiness. Pretty much sums it up right there.

Now there’s a lot of people who look at the first book of Gen, they tend to get caught up on who was the spirit of God. Who was God? Whether it was Jesus that created the world. By doing this they sometimes loose the true meaning I think. So in order to have faith and see these scriptures as truth lets just talk about what the scripture says. Lets focus on Gods creation in the beginning shall we? I hope so.

In Gen 1:3 we read, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” God said let there be light and there was light. Do we not have light? Because we have light in the world natural light, we should see this as truth. Meaning we should have faith in God, see this truth because we really do have light in this world. Have faith because there is light.

In the next 2 verses we read “Gen 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” God saw the light was good. God saw the light was good. Why do you think he saw the light was good? Well, the world had been void. Complete darkness. Close your eyes right now. What do you see? Complete darkness. Could you image complete darkness now? So God saw the need for light so you could see the world. We need light to see the things around us do we not? So, we should believe this as truth God didn’t want us stumbling about in darkness. It even takes it a little further and says God separated the light from the darkness. Creating day and night. Do we not have day and night? Even today we have night and day. So we should see this scripture as true. We should have faith that God created day and night. Why? To build up faith in God and see what he has done. The more we see the truth of God the more faith we have. We weren’t there to witness this separation of light and darkness yet we are fully able now to witness the evidence it took place. You see we could drag these scriptures out and try to make more out of them yet before we take them to greater depths we have to first understand their first meaning. Before you can understand the middle and end you have to start at the beginning to understand. Then build off of that. The beginning of faith starts with believing in the beginning you have to believe God created the heavens and earth. To see God as truth, to have faith in god, we have to see the scriptures as truth. We have to start here at the beginning. And what a faith builder seriously. I mean the world of God is so majestic and beautiful and here it’s written he created it. Light. Have you ever watched a sunrise after a long night of darkness. The light brings warmth and beauty as it’s golden rays shine through the darkness. Bringing all Gods majesty into light. I know it brings me peace and happiness. God knew light would bring this to us. There’s billions of uses for light. I’m sure someone could definitely write a whole book about it’s uses. Why? Because light is good. Good said let there be light and saw it was good. Believe this as truth and it will increase your faith in God. It’s your choice to have faith or see the things of God as truth.

If you take the time to read the bible and get to know Our Father then you will see all his truths. The world alone should be our testimony that God exists. It’s completely our choice, our free will whether or not we believe. However, I just have to say that if you lack faith it’s your choice. You have been shown the truth since the beginning.

Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
By this scripture it even confirms what I am telling you. We cannot see the things with our physical eyes yet we see them as truth. We have faith that there is oxygen. We cannot see it. Yet we are breathing air. We have to believe. We have to accept faith in God.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
This scripture tells us it’s impossible to please him without faith. You wouldn’t ask a friend for help with anything if you didn’t first believe they were going to help you would you. No first you go to your friend because you believe they are kind and compassionate. Because you believe in the goodness of their heart. These good things like kindness, compassion, love, and friendship are all impressions of God. All good things come from God. You see if you can believe in these things within a human friend why not God? You do not see the physical matter or substance of kindness in your friend. You see the impressions of kindness through the evidence of their actions. We are created in Gods image. We are kind because he is kind. Just as we choose to be kind to other as an act of free will we choose to have faith in God. So if you have a lack of faith it’s your personal decision.

Also please take the time to read the rest of the scriptures from the beginning and look around you for more faith builders of Papa Gods existence. It’s you personal decision to see the truth and the truth will set you free. Be Blessed Everyone!!! – Barbara Wothington.

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