Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Faith

The Scriptures indicate that it's the pure in heart, rather than the big of brain, who will see God (Matthew 5:8), and Paul prays that his readers might have the 'eyes of their hearts opened,' (Ephesians 1:18).

I read that for Hebrew people, the heart was the place where you made decisions, the will, where you made choices. Jesus says further, "Whoever is willing to do what God wants will know whether what I teach comes from God...." (John 7:17).

We have a faculty beyond just the intellect, that has a moral or volitional element to it, and it's the moral dimension that is involved when we are about the business of knowing God.

In Romans 10:17, Paul tells us that "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the Word of God.". Faith is not some kind of religious feeling that you woke up and if you have enough you can buy blessing from God; rather, it has to do with obedience to what God has revealed of Himself.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

hello... thats quite an interesting interpretation of faith...

Kitty Cheng said...

yes, I also learned that faith is seeing the world from God's perspective, acting on it and responding to it! What do you think?

Pia said...

FAITH - we think we know this word since we always read about it, but sometimes we fail to put it into action and that's when hopelessness barges in. i must admit, sometimes i fall into this trap.

Kitty Cheng said...

Yes I know what you mean Pia. We seem to be so famililar with the word "FAITH", but we do fall into the trap of know putting what we know about it into action. May God have mercy on us!