The Residence of Faith

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, November 11, 2019

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:10

Most Christians struggle with the issue of faith. We all want to have the faith to move mountains. However, we find it difficult even to move molehills with our faith. It is not that we do not believe in God. We simply lack the confidence that what we declare on earth shall be released in heaven for our possession.

There are two-fold reasons as to why we lack spiritual confidence. First, many of us have been disappointed so many times, that even when we know God has answered our prayer, we are careful not to be overconfident. Instead, we try to use a pragmatic approach wherein we activate a plan B and C and put a time limit on how long we are willing to wait for our breakthrough to materialize.

Second, many Christians try to process spiritual faith with a carnal heart. We want to see it before we can believe it. Yet the Bible specifically tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The carnal heart operates by sight. It formulates thoughts and emotions based on what it sees.

The carnal heart is scientific and evidence-based. It does not have the spiritual foresight to see things that are not as though they were. However, the spiritual heart believes what it cannot see because it is faith-driven. It is, therefore, with the spiritual heart, one believes and is justified.

The carnal heart seeks instant gratification and grows impatient while we wait on God for a breakthrough. However, the spiritual heart waits on the Lord and is of good courage because it trusts in the faithfulness of God. Faith grows deeper in the rich soil of a spiritual heart than the arid soil of a carnal heart.

An excellent example of this dichotomy between the carnal heart and the spiritual heart is the experience of a Christian who is battling cancer. Whereas that Christian willingly goes through chemotherapy or radiation, he or she should yet trust God to heal him or her despite their medical treatment. If that believer puts all his or her hope on medical science, then he or she may not experience the healing power of God and will become despondent when medical treatment does not work.

The carnal heart says if chemotherapy or radiation does not work, then the person will not be healed. The spiritual heart believes that God will use chemo or radiation as part of the healing process. Thus, even when the chemo or radiation does not shrink the tumor or kill the cancer cells, the patient still believes that he or she will be healed.

It is difficult to sustain faith in a scientific and technological world. Religious faith is tested with every scientific invention or medical discovery. In many cases, our faith has atrophied because we seldom exercise it fully as we rely more and more on science and technology. I am always fascinated by the faith of many Christians in third world countries. In many instances, Some Christians in third world countries do not have the luxury to rely on science or medical technology. So faith is their first line of defense and their primary mode of response to the vicissitudes of life. With their hearts, they are compelled to believe in the miracle-working power of God.

God is doing many things for you and me that we cannot see. We should not allow past disappointments or delayed blessings to hinder our journey of faith. Without faith, it is not possible to live victoriously as a believer in this evil world. Let us, therefore, pray for a pure heart where faith can grow in the name of Jesus.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, you are the author and finisher of our faith. Give us a clean heart so we can grow the seed of faith to move mountains.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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