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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I've been learning a lot about faith lately, and how much faith I lack. 

My eyes have been opened to how crucial faith is in my spiritual walk. Why has this never clicked?!?
Well today I finally started my Beth Moore bible study that I got with Ashley a few months ago and it is so ridiculously relevant to my thoughts/desires lately! God is crazy. His timing is so p.e.r.f.e.c.t.

This quote really stuck out to me:
"Biblically speaking, faith is without equal in its effects on our lives because God is without equal and faith is the normative invitation He answers with proof."

Woah. BAM. She goes on to talk about the meaning of the word faith in Greek and how the present active participle Greek verb of faith that you should think of the word as continually preceding the verb. In other words, we are supposed to be presently, actively and continually believing God.
God is calling us to leave the passive life bred by a past-tense view of faith and to participate in present-active-participle believing!

Check this out:

Ephesians 1:13-19
"It's in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what's coming, a reminder that we'll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.
That's why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn't stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I'd think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!"

He is so great. He is so good. He is so beautiful. More to come on this topic later as I learn more and more! 

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