Meridian Star

Religion

May 17, 2014

Examine your faith

MERIDIAN — Here’s my opinion: Children are born knowing that God exists. But as adults, we must either reinforce that child-like faith with facts, or else submit to the atmosphere of doubt that soaks our schools, media and some churches.

    Where is your faith? Have you examined it lately? What is it that you believe? Why do you believe it? Too many of us go through life assuming something is true, hoping it is so, but not really able to explain why we hold to that particular position.

    Don’t be afraid to examine your faith. If you are right, you’ll find evidence that supports your conclusion, and you will be more confident. Truth, when examined, gets stronger. Error, when tested, becomes weaker. Be certain of your convictions.

    If you grew up in a non-Christian family, most likely you adopted their unbelieving ways. As you became an adult, skepticism became your normal attitude. And likely you saw enough hypocrisy or phony religion to confirm your disbelief. “If God’s people act like that, then I don’t want anything to do with it.”         Indeed, religious people behaving badly are big stumbling blocks to sincere seekers. Don’t copy them. Instead believe in the gospel of Jesus.

    Don’t put your faith in people or in even in a church. People make mistakes. People aren’t perfect. Neither are churches. Faith has to focus higher than this human plane. But, good people who love God can help your faith to grow.

    Good churches with a healthy culture of faith, hope, and love can be tremendously beneficial to any Christian. In fact, every follower of Jesus should fit into Christ’s body of believers.

    Faith is personal. You are responsible for your faith. Jesus said, “If you believe not that I am He, you shall die in your sins.” Faith is something you can develop, or by neglect, destroy. Ultimately, faith rests in a “who” not on a “what.” In whom do you trust? Try God. He is trustworthy.

    Faith must be based on something foundational and unshakeable, like the unchanging word of God. Otherwise it is no different than a mere opinion. Opinions often change. Don’t trust in fickle opinions. Find reality!

    Decide to put God’s ideas ahead of and above your own opinions or preferences. Consider this: God knows way more than you do, right? Also, God is good and he is wise. He sees the big picture and you can’t. So trust him. Get to know him. Study the Scriptures so you can know what he says about things. Learn God’s thoughts and study his ways. If you seek him, he will disclose himself to you through Christ.

    Satan’s lie from the beginning has been “Did God really say that?” If the devil can make you turn loose of God’s word, then he can steal anything else you’ve got.  If you think your faith is weak, listen to God’s voice and your faith will be strengthened.

    “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace through believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

    Ron Wood is a pastor, writer, and former Meridianite. Contact him at wood.stone.ron@gmail.com

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