Keeping Faith Alive

If you could use some words to assist you in reviving or rekindling your faith, this week’s readings are a great place to start.

Books like The Secret  and The Law of Attraction have promoted the use of affirmations in order to manifest our goals. According to God, the identical process works with our long-term heavenly goal. In the reading from the Book of the Prophet Habakkuk (1:2-3;2:2-4), God responds to Habakkuk’s cry for help when his faith is weakening with the following response: “Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets, so that one can read it readily.” Like many of us today, Habakkuk is challenging God because he can’t understand why there is so much violence and misery in the world and why God just seems to allow all of this suffering.

God asks Habakkuk to write down the vision of the promise of deliverance because even several thousands of years ago, it was believed that putting beliefs into writing helped them to manifest.  The first step is to put beliefs into writing. The second step is to affirm them daily.  I utilize this practice every day. When reading scripture, I’ll write down specific verses on 3 X 5 index cards so that I can easily repeat them several times a day until they’re committed to memory. This practice allows me to solidify God’s words deeply into the recesses of my mind and soul.

In Paul’s Letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14), he’s reminding Timothy and each of us to “stir into flame” the faith that we’ve embraced.  Faith is like every other discipline in that it’s a “use it or lose it” proposition. It’s one thing to profess Christianity. It’s another thing to live it in action and to internalize the words that Jesus left with us.  Paul reminds us that the power of the Holy Spirit within us is not a “spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. It’s this daily building up of our faith which gives us the strength to persevere through each of life’s challenges and obstacles. Exercising our faith  muscles is a daily practice.

Are you fully embracing all of the Holy Spirit’s power, love and self-control?

Luke’s gospel (Luke 17:5-10) gives Jesus’ response to the apostles’ request to “increase our faith”: “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”  Do you believe Jesus?  What would happen if we really believed that with the power of faith and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us that nothing is impossible?

Jesus goes on to tell the apostles that faith also comes with the responsibility to not just believe but to serve God and each other in action. Faith requires our willingness to love, forgive and repent.

Faith is a tremendous living gift from God. Once we’ve received this gift of life, it’s our responsibility to open it, work with it, nourish it and practice it on a daily basis to keep it fresh and healthy. Faith is the true source of everlasting life that dwells within.

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3 Responses to “Keeping Faith Alive”

  1. Bom Says:

    BACKGROUND: Habakkuk begins as a fruasrtted prophet. He’s surrounded by violence, injustice strife and evil. Israel is going to pot and it seems God is just sitting on the sidelines watching it happen. He doesn’t seem to care. In his frustration Habakkuk cries out “How long 0 Lord, must I call out for help, but you do not listen.”( Habakkuk 1:2). Finally God answers, but it wasn’t the answer Habakkuk was looking for. God informs him that he’s going to raise up the Babylonians to punish Israel for her sin. This gives rise to Habakkuk’s second complaint. “How could you God? How could you raise up a nation like Babylon to destroy a nation more righteous than them. It’s not fair, it’s not the sort of thing a holy God’s supposed to do.” Again God’s answer to Habakkuk is to calm his fears. He assures him that what he’s going to do will be just. Israel will be punished for her sin, but so will the Babylonians (quote from Joe Mamma)1.)Chapter1 1 and 2 point out that the Babylonians are already a ‘sinful’ nation (and thus deserving of ‘punishment’). Chapter 1 previously mentions that God has chosen Babylon as his tool of reprimand against Israel. I like your use of the term ‘sky bullying’. Call it what you will, you’re entitled to believe whatever you like. There has been much written on the subject of whether or not this conversation between Hab. and God constitutes any kind of ‘fair’ justice. And this is precisely the discussion that Hab. is having with God with his “Complaints against God”.2.) My point in providing a second translation was to do just that. As you state, the text is ambiguous, so therefore post a bd line of it on a Blogsite is a pretty poor effort at conveying any meaning at all, unless of course PC was just trying to be funny, in which case, I shall murmur a wee chuckle. I deliberately didn’t include PC’s quote because it was already on the post for all to see, what’s the point in doubling it up?cvhevy

  2. Says:

    The ability to think like that shows you’re an expert

  3. Says:

    Thought it wouldn’t to give it a shot. I was right.

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