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12/9/15: Faith is a make or break in your relationship with God

Published: Thursday, 10 December 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

Everything that concerns your relationship with God and other people draws its strength from the amount of faith that you have. There is an illustration that I have found very useful in explaining a person’s position in this world and in the spiritual realm.  Although an over-simplification, below is an illustration of the two aspects of your life: the world and the Spirit.

Spirit

World

This illustration is very useful for plotting where you place your faith: in the world or in the Spirit.  You can also use it to help you see God’s perspective on critical parts of your life versus what the world says.  For example, you can define “love” in the world (romantic) as compared to the Spirit (unconditional with no feelings involved.)  Is your life centered on the spiritual or the worldly definition of “love”? 

 

God expects Believers to continually grow in their faith.  Without faith it is impossible to please God.  Everything that you will learn that is significant to your life and your relationship to the Lord comes down to the strength of faith in your life.  The first few years of your life consist of living in the world with very little living in the Spirit.  As a result, the world becomes dominant in how you live your life.  You will place your faith in those things in the world that appear to offer you security, comfort, and happiness. 

When you become a Christian, God expects you to be transformed with the renewing of your mind (see Romans 12:1-2).  He expects your faith to be transferred from the things of this world to His kingdom.  Hopefully, you will be obedient to God as you learn about who He is and what are His priorities. 

As you strive toward becoming more Christ-like in your behavior, the things below the line representing the world will no longer influence you.  Instead, the things that are spiritual will become more important in how you live your life.  As you exercise your faith in God, your outlook on life begins to orient itself toward God’s perspective.  You understand to the point that there's a spiritual change in your life.  You will begin to put the focus of your faith on the spiritual.  You must allow this to occur to grow spiritually.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

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