We 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.
- 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.