Faith

A while ago I mentioned that in all my ‘copious free time’ I’ve been reading ‘Visioneering‘, by Andy Stanley.

I wish I had the time to share all the amazing stuff I’ve come across in the book, but this was so good, I had to make the time.

Have you ever been a little confused by the concept of faith? Have you ever asked, “What is faith?” “What is the difference between faith and belief?”

Here is some serious beef to chew on:

Spiritually speaking, faith is confidence that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He has promised to do. Faith is not a power or a force. It is not a vehicle by which we can coerce God into something against His will. It is simply an expression of confidence in the person and character of God. It is the proper response to the promise or revelation of God.

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Acting on your faith is the ultimate expression of devotion, admiration, and adoration. Acting on your faith demonstrates that you believe God is who he says he is, and he will do what he has promised to do. Nothing is more honoring to your heavenly Father than making decisions based upon what He has claimed about Himself. This is especially true when circumstances seem to dictate a different response.

What do you think?

3 comments

  1. That’s interesting. I have always considered faith to be the actions we take in light of what we believe with confidence. I would have submitted that acting on the confidence we have that God is who he says he is, is not devotion but faith and devotion is the consistency with which we respond to His truth.

  2. That is a great description of true biblical faith. Faith is not a force that is tapped into. Faith is not mere hope in something, faith as found in Hebrews 11:1 is more than hope, it is hope taken a step further into certainty. If that is the case, (and the bible is true) then you either have faith or you don’t. If faith is certainty… you are either certain of something or your not. Im not kinda certain, or somewhat certain,… That’s hope or desire. Faith is unyielding certainty. this is what God tries to build in us, because faith incurs action, and hope simply incurs reaction.

    Andy Stanly is a man of God,… And the person who says otherwise might need to ask themselves,… if this man were not God’s man, would God keep blessing him and the church at NorthPoint?
    I see that not too many people are following you,… huh:(

  3. Zach,

    I get what you’re saying, and I don’t think it’s really in conflict with what Andy says.

    I think he’s just going one step further and saying that true faith can be a form of worship.

    No?

    Erik, thanks for your comment!

    To clarify, I don’t think anyone is saying anything negative about Andy. Zach is one of those book worms who likes to quabble about the details… like me! :0)

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