Faith and fear are both beliefs in the unseen. Faith is belief in an ever-advancing Kingdom of a good God who seeks to save, restore, and resurrect beauty and wholeness. Fear is an overinflated belief in the power of an enemy that wants to steal, kill, and destroy.
Faith is not the absence of facts; it is the presence of conviction. There is actually no such thing as blind faith, because faith sees what is not yet visible, hopes for what is not yet viable and trusts in what others don’t value. Faith is the bridge between what is and what will be.
I’m not satisfied when somebody tells me, ‘I just know in my heart that this is the right answer.’ We have to line up our beliefs with what the Bible actually says. If the Bible says I’m supposed to do something, then I’m supposed to do it. If the Bible says, I’m supposed to believe something, I’m supposed to believe it. If the Bible says act or think this way, then that’s how I should act and think. And so, I will not write off verses because I don’t like them, or they don’t suit the way I see the world.
Dare to believe when you cannot see or understand. Decide to trust God instead of dwelling on your fears. This is the powerful force that separates the believers from the unbelievers. Complete knowledge does not require faith. God challenges us simply to trust Him and His word.
When you believe, you are in one mind and accept something as true. Unbelief is to be of one mind and reject that something is true. To doubt is to waver between the two, to believe and disbelieve at the same time, and so to be in “two minds.” That is what James calls, in Chapter 1, a ‘”double minded man,” or as the Chinese say, “Doubt is standing in two boats, with one foot in each.”
If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.
Why do so many Christians pray such tiny prayers when their God is so big?
When Bible believers take a stand against false doctrine, they are accused of rocking the boat. It is better that belief should rock the boat than that unbelief should wreck the boat.
You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by a rope over the precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it?…Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.