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February 20, 2015

Blind Faith in God? Christians Don't Simply Do Blind Faith

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-31 NIV)

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ” (Matthew 17:20 NIV)

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:21-22 NIV)

Blind faith does not mean the absence of question. It's the decision to still walk with God despite of the multitude of questions. 

Faith probably show itself when terminally ill Christians refuse to undergo medical treatment because they know God wants them to pray over their sickness and have faith that Jesus already paid for the disease on the cross. Faith may show its strength when Christian evangelists leave the comfort of home churches and follow God to venture in the unknown, dangerous community where Christians are slain. 

And so many other examples of faith. In book of Hebrew, Paul also wrote the sterling examples of faith from the time of Abraham and how he trusted God and left to Canaan by following God's direction. 

It sounds crazy, but yes, faith makes us do crazy things that God wants us to. A heart filled with love for the Holy One propels us to bow our will and instead, to seek His will over our lives. 

God always have our goodness in His mind. The thoughts of us journeying life with His presence all along is something the devil covets. The intimate relationship between God and mortals feeds the devil's fire of jealousy. The devil wants to be God and ascends the throne. 

For every good thing God has created for mankind, devil will always be present to thwart it. That is how the devil distorts Christian faith and sneakily instils the fear of trusting God into our hearts. 

You know, God the Creator can do all things. The Universe number One and only one can easily erase the earth by His words alone. But true to His faithful and just Spirit, there's never a word that got out of God's mouth and be taken back. Everything God utters is the Law of the universe. 

That means, when we are sick, we go down to our knees and ask God: "Do You want me to seek doctor or to wait for your miraculous healing, dear Lord?" Or when we are looking for job, we pray and ask God: "Should I look for a career here or do part time and focus on my family more, Lord?"

It is God's will that comes FIRST. God can do all things, yes, but humans are not to test God. After being newborn Christians, God lives within us and we can do all things, yes, but God's will still comes FIRST. 

Be cautious of the devil masking itself as "blind faith" and tearing your relationship with God. If it's from God, you'll experience peace and joy. If it's not from God, there'll be ruins and destructions. That's what the devils intend to do in our lives: to kill, steal, and destroy. 

Always be on our guard. Whenever we face crossroads or difficult challenges, humble our spirits and earnestly seek God. Contend with God, ask Him to give ways to what we desire, question God about our doubts and fears. Christian God isn't a mute God - He is Alive with us. He speaks and He listens. Sometimes He talks back and rebukes us. Other times He plays a joke and embarass us (in a funny way). 

Please remember that God is God. A test for us can be :
- a test of our faith, whether we're willing to blindly follow God despite of the impossibilities that we know, or
- a test of our understanding of God, whether we truly know God's heart and His words. Some people forsake study of God's words in a hope of hearing God's audible, prophetic instructions or dreams. How is that any different than idol worship? Who knows it is not God but the devil that speaks to you?

Test every Godly impression that you have. Don't rely on feelings/emotions when making any important life decision, and don't spiritualized your life decisions when you aren't sure they come from God. If it is from God, He'll convict you. If God is silent, that means He gives you the freedom to choose. Whichever path you choose He'll bless you anyway. 

Facing a test, even Jesus said this:

1. Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

2. Do not put the Lord your God to the test.

3. Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only'

GOD IS FIRST. Draw nearer to God, listen to His will, observe what God delights in, talk to Him in prayer by Jesus name, test your prophetic message, and STUDY God. Do not lay your Christian foundation on church people or pastors. Our God Jehovah seeks us at a personal level. And He'll speak to us directly. 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” 

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” 

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (Matthew 4:1-11 NIV)

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