Sep 7, 2010

The Act of Faith is simple

"The act of faith is simple but hard to believe/understand.”
"The act of faith is simple but hard to believe/understand.”
While I was meditating on the God's wonderful works, suddenly God gave into me this quote. I don’t know whether I heard it from somebody or not. But it was a wonderful quote.
"The act of faith is simple but hard to believe/understand.”

I started meditating on that and God gave me some thoughts.

First of all I want to distinguish between action and act of faith.

Action is considered as all the works that we do by planning ourselves to achieve a goal/need, and act of faith comes in place when you are not capable of achieving that goal/need by your own way and you give it to God's hand and God gives a revelation of an act to do to achieve that.

This is just a thought that God gave into my heart, you can take it or reject it.

We will check out some examples from Bible:
1) Mark 5:25-34 "A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" "You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?' But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."

Here we can see that a woman who was suffering from internal bleeding for twelve years is getting healed. The goal/need of the woman was to get healed, the action here is she was going to doctors for care and spent all she had but was not healed. The act of faith is she gave this to God's hand and God gave the revelation of act, that is touching the cloth of Jesus, and she got healed.

2) John 5:5-9 "One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?" "Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me." Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked."

Here we can see that a man who was an invalid for thirty-eight years gets healed. The goal/need of the man was to get healed. Here the action was to jump into the pool when the water is stirred, but he was not able to do that. The act of faith here is "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." The man got healed.

There are so many examples like this in the Bible. I hope you understood what is act of faith from these examples.

Dear child of God are you in action to achieve your goals/needs and is not able to achieve those, don’t worry give your goal/need in to God's hand and pray for His revelation He will show you the act of faith that you have to do to achieve your goal/need. Most of the times it will be difficult for us to understand the act of faith, sometimes act of faith will not have anything to do with your goal, but if God is telling to do so don't hesitate. For getting healed, touching Jesus’ cloth didn’t had anything to do with that. But now it has.

When Israelites and Moses didn’t had anyway to move, stuck in front of the sea, God told Moses to raise the staff and stretch over the sea to divide the water. And the sea got divided and all of them were saved. Here also we can see that the act of faith was difficult to understand and didn’t have any connection with the goal/need. But with that act of faith all were saved.

In our life our main goal is to reach heaven, the action for that is doing good things, obeying the commandments, keeping away from all sins, doing pilgrimage.. etc.. But the act of faith is "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16) you will not be finding any relation between getting into heaven with believing and getting baptized, it will be too difficult to understand, but it is the revelation from God to get saved.

Are you ready to do the act of faith that God revealed in your mind even if it is difficult to understand. If yes, you are going to achieve the goal in a simple way. If you are not going to do the act of faith, because it is difficult to understand, then you are the loser.

Do the act of faith and be blessed.
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