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Miracles From Heaven Movie Showed You Can Lose Your Faith But Can You Lose Your Faith Really

Miracles From Heaven movie imageWe took three of our grandchildren, ages 11, 9, and 7 to the movie “Miracles From Heaven”. We all teared up over various parts of this heart-warming and true-life based film. God indeed can surprise us with miracles! It is worth seeing.

But, one of the points in the movie had to do with ‘losing your faith’ – to which I disagreed.

If we really know what faith is, then it is impossible to lose our faith.

In fact, if we understand what faith really is, then even in the most painful, confusing, disappointing, even devastating circumstances our faith remains solid.

What is false faith

Here are a few lies many believe about faith:

  • It is your faith – you must muster up faith to believe
  • If you do not have faith to believe in God, then you cannot be saved
  • Once you have faith you have to grow your faith
  • If you lose your faith God will be disappointed in you
  • If you lose your faith you could lose your salvation

What is true faith

To understand true faith you have to know its source and its meaning.

  • It comes from God. (Heb 12:2)
  • True faith is God’s faith. We have no faith on our own. (Rom 1:17)
  • He freely gives His faith – it is a gift. It has nothing to do with works. (Eph 2:8)
  • Faith literally means ‘persuasion, divine persuasion of the human heart’.

The true Gospel is about God’s faith in you. The Gospel is His full persuasion of what He believes to be true about you, even before time began. (2Tim 1:9,10)

The Gospel does not demand faith from you, it freely provides faith to you.

The point of faith is not what you believe about God, but what God believes about you.

Dig In

  • Religion said the mother had lost her faith, even the mother thought she had lost her faith. But in reality God remained fully persuaded about her. He never lost faith in her. And He knew how to woo her back to Himself.
  • What a relief it is – if we are faithless, He remains faithful because He cannot deny (contradict) Himself. (2Tim 2:13) When circumstances get overwhelming or confusing – remember to rest in His faithfulness to work it out – even in the midst of sorrow, grief, pain, loss.
  • Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb 11:1) Jesus is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. His faith brings certainty. His incarnate faith is rock solid. Don’t let religion tell you it is up to you.

God’s Not Dead Movie Has Two Misrepresented Scriptures

I have one more post about the Vine and the Branches, but wanted to insert this post before finishing that series on the Vine.

This post concerns a movie that  is presently showing. I was saddened by how the movie “God’s Not Dead” presented the Good News in two specific ways.

Two scriptures that were quoted and used in the movie, made for a conditionally unconditionally loving God.

The two passages that troubled me in the way they were presented are:

  • 2Timothy 2:12 “…if we disown Him, He will also disown us”
  • Isaiah 55:8  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways…for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Please check out this video to find out why I was saddened and what these verses really mean!

 

Dig In

  • Don’t assume what you’ve been taught all your life is ‘right on’ when it comes to saying who God really is and how He feels about you.
  • Remember to check out the context in a passage. There just may be more to the rest of the ‘story’.
  • Never forget – if we are faithless (in the Greek – if we refuse to be persuaded by what He says is true, by His faith), He remains faithful (fully persuaded by what He knows to be true, by what He knows to be our true identity before the beginning of time); He cannot deny/disown (contradict) Himself. (2Tim 2:13)  God is impartial, He changes not, He knows who He is and He knows who we are. He made us in His image and He doesn’t change His mind about that! And He knows how, when, and where to show ALL of us who we really are! Talk about certainty and fullness!

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Brought Fullness Insight

Bunny trail post. BTW – I’m known for bunny trails but I
do get back to my point – here, that’d be the previous two posts – I will get back to them.  Because of what happened yesterday I realized spontaneity will be part of this blog Growing In Fullness! Over the years I’ve experienced God’s unexpected ways of showing me something. So be watchful for that in your own life (part of fullness) and don’t be surprised by my bunny trails.

Now, what does fullness have to do with aging?!

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel scene clip

Well yesterday a friend and I went to see “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – a sometimes funny and meaningful movie about growing old. In addition, to my surprise and delight another friend was also at the movie – we went out for ‘coffee’ afterwards. Insights on FULLNESS emerged as we talked about the movie!

My dear friends shared similar private thoughts on the loneliness that seems to accompany growing old and not liking the prospect of that in their lives. I could echo their sentiments as (in my aging) I’ve reflected on and observed the possibility of ‘all alone in old age’. The movie’s characters portray this old age loneliness by – losing a life long spouse, divorced and alone, unexpected financial debt that drastically change lifestyle and social opportunities, health-related issues that bring limitations, not being needed anymore, passed down prejudices, a longing to be touched and loved.

One of my friends expressed, “When you get old it’s like you don’t matter anymore.” Then the Lord started to stir up insight.
It dawned on me this ‘all alone in old age’ and ‘don’t matter anymore’ doesn’t have to be! God never designed it that way! He planned fullness of relationships. The world only offers limitations – e.g. one can lose a lifelong spouse and be all alone, but get happily remarried then lose that spouse too. Alone again in old age.

Consider this – God is the most relational being there is. He designed us to be just like Him – big time relational with Him and others. His kind of relationship for us with others is not based on age, intellect, education, job, ministry, talents, personality, good looks, strength, influence, ethnicity, culture…, but is based on a Person. When His Son Jesus is in us and we in Him then we are part of His body – spiritually and earthly. Our understanding of relationship takes on a heightened value and purpose. His body life is to express itself without regard to any of the aforementioned (fleeting) limitations. In fact, if you find yourself ‘in His body’ segregated and limited in relationships because of age-stage, gender, single/married/divorced, giftings or no giftings, income, programs, religious hierarchical structures, etc. – then you are not experiencing the fullness of relationship God intends. Don’t let that be your lot. There’s more!

This insight, over coffee, on fullness in relationships brought excitement and peace in regards to ‘being alone’ in old age. Not my lot – or yours either. I’m grateful to be experiencing and learning about relational fullness with others that are in Him, but now I see the extended benefit! I smile at the future of growing old in fullness.

Prayer
Lord, bring us into the true fullness of relationships.
Help us see this relational fullness is limitless here and now.
Free us from the fear of relationships lessening or ceasing in old age.
Break off of us religious traditions and mindsets that hinder relational fullness.
Expose and remove critical ways that cause us to focus on outward appearances
and not look at the heart of people.
Enlarge our enjoyment of and valuing of all people.
Connect us with those who are isolated, feel left out, or don’t seem to fit.
Enable us to be intentional in developing relational connections of substance.
Father grow us in this facet of the beauty of relational fullness.
Truly we were made for this ALL the days of our lives! Thank YOU!

Dig In:

  • We were made in the image of God – the essence and fullness of relationship.
  • Fullness includes relationships all the days of our lives.
  • Relationships in Him are to be full with all ages and kinds.