Biblical Faith in Action

Biblical Faith in Action

Faith of course is not just a noun, but is also a verb.  It is a condition; to have faith or faithfulness.  But to build faith it requires action on our part.  In all cases it requires that we trust in, or rely on, something intangible to produce something that is tangible.  We develop a reliance on ourselves to produce certain results within our knowledge and skills.  We then have faith in ourselves that we can accomplish what we purpose to do.  Our human intellect and spirit working together can accomplish a great deal of wonderful things or horrible things.  God gave us the choice to decide which.

Biblical faith gives us the opportunity to accomplish wonderful things above that which we are capable of, or can even imagine.  That faith comes by trusting God’s Spirit to bear witness to, and guide, our spirit to accomplish wonderful things.  “Now the just shall live by faith:”  (Hebrews 10:38 KJV)

Biblical Faith In Action – There and Then

Christ - Our example of faith in Action

Christ – Our example of faith in Action

So how do you learn the faith that God wants you to have?  Those instructions are taught throughout the scriptures.  Both Old and New Testaments show us how faith arose and grew within those who believed God’s words.

For many, especially those trying to start out in God’s Word, difficulty arises in the language, customs and strange (to us) commands given by God through His people.  It can be very easy to get lost in all of the infidelity, wars and disobedience found in these stories.  But they all have a timeless message for all of us if we take the time to seek and understand that message.  All of the Old Testament heroes who were found righteous and faithful in God’s eyes had many faults.  Abraham, Moses, and even King David all suffered consequences from their unbelief and disobedience.  So how can we see through the frailties of these characters and learn the truth of God’s message in their lives and ours?

Biblical Faith In Action – Here and Now

The simple answer is systematic study.  “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer:”  (Proverbs 15:28 KJV)  But as most of you know, there are numerous versions of the Bible in many languages.  The King James Version (KJV) was translated 400 years ago.  The English language was much different then.  The New International Version (NIV) is a much more modern language style.

You should try to understand the presentation and context of the scripture, and at the same time pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning to you.  One way to do that is to gain an understanding of the times in which the various characters lived.  Laws, customs, traditions and ideas changed greatly over the centuries.  The truth of God’s Word, however, never changes.

So, I have a recommendation for you.  It is the Faith in Action Study Bible.  Unlike any other Bible available, Faith in Action Study Bible introduces a new and innovative ‘commentary style’ notes system that’s divided into paired notes: ‘There and Then’ and ‘Here and Now.’ ‘There and Then’ notes provide background information and/or explain or amplify the meaning of the text. ‘Here and Now’ notes explore a variety of contexts, both personal and social/cultural, in which the passage may be applied today. The goal is to invite, coach, encourage, and inspire while using open-ended questions and invitations for reflection.  We should always learn how God’s words were taken to heart and acted upon before the promise of those words could be seen.  Using those same  promises in our own life, and seeing the results of what God can do in our own life, builds our faith.

Features:

  • The New International Version—most read, trusted translation.
  • A new and innovative ‘commentary style’ note system.
  • Over 75 full-page articles and essays comment on particular passages, and highlight the lives and legacies of heroes and heroines of the faith
  • Book introductions include at-a-glance outlines and biblical timelines.
  • Over 175 individually designed in-text charts and graphs comment on the passages or provide current information and/or statistics on issues directly related to a particular verse or text.
  • Over 75 real-life stories and profiles of well-known and anonymous faith heroes and heroines.
  • Single-column format with side-column references for easy readability.
  • 12 ‘Geographic,’ maps contain information on different geographical areas.
  • Extensive study guides on themes covered in various features.
  • Approximately 30 sets of reading tracks.
  • NIV concordance is an indispensable aid to informed Bible study.
  • Index to articles, charts, and stories allows the reader to locate particular features.
  • 6-page full-color map section is complemented by a map index.

Below is a link to get a copy of this Bible.  Check it out and see if it will help your understanding of what faith is, and how it can help your faith walk.

 

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A Biblical View of Wealth

A Biblical View of Wealth

“The crown of the wise is their riches.” Proverbs 14:24

Hi everybody. This is Doug today asking a question of you today. Is it biblical to create wealth or riches? (Wealth and riches can have very different meanings to a Christian based on the context, but that will be the subject of another post.) At first it may seem like a silly question, but let’s examine why even ask such a question.

Have you ever asked yourself why do we always seem to go the wrong direction? Why do we as individuals or towns or states, or as a nation always seem to go the wrong way, even when normal logic tells us otherwise? If you miss a couple car payments, a guy comes out and takes it back and still wants his money for the car, but as a nation we can spend trillions of dollars that we don’t have, but its OK, no problem.

Do we have the Right Mindset for Creating Wealth?

I believe it is from our ever-increasing endorsement of collectivism that creates this strange logic. We are educated in this concept throughout our school life and in our society. Let me explain why this is not a good thing. Collectivism is not really sharing one with another for the good of all. Happy and blissful sharing, it is not. Collectivism creates a formalized structure that deliberately attempts to set up a moral matrix to legitimize taking things from one group of people and giving it to another. It is a framework of virtue about stealing. President Obama has said he believes in collective salvation. We cannot be saved unless we are all saved together.

What drives the engine of collectivism? Materialism is the “fertilizer” of collectivism. The idea that; he has it, and I want it even if I can’t afford it. But it is not just the idea that people want all the material things of life, that the pursuit of material things is the highest goal; it is the belief that all things are material, including humans. We are just sophisticated animals, not spiritual, only material.

Cows

Its not my milk?


The collectivist treats people the same as a farmer treats his cows. The cows do not go to the farmer (Government) and demand to keep more of their milk. The farmer owns the cows and tells the cows he will do what ever he wants with the milk. We humans are treated as sophisticated animals to the collectivist, not spiritual, only material. Remember Benghazi? Those lost were just “a speed bump in our foreign policy” – (Obama). And later Hilary Clinton asked, “What difference does it make now?” Collectivism is something that allows some people to live off of the sweat of other people’s brow. It is not happy sharing.

In Genesis chapter one, God describes His creation of the physical universe, including man. In chapter two he elaborates on the creation of man and animals. Verse 7 says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Further in verse 19 He says, “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air…” However in Hebrew the two words “formed” in the two verses above are spelled differently. An extra character is present in the verse 7 word “formed” that is not present in the verse 19 word “formed.” This extra character denotes the spiritual “living soul” part of man that is not present in the animals.

I explained this to show why you may not have a biblical view of wealth or riches. These ideas have been put into our mind and subconscious for years. Let me compare a couple things between a collectivist mindset and a mindset that says it is a good and honorable thing to create wealth.

First, collectivism is a competition for victim-hood. It’s a feeling that I don’t have as much, so I deserve more. It stimulates envy. (Me vs. the 1%) It stimulates community activism and politicians to GET you more. Its greatest virtue is equality. But that is equality of outcomes for all people and sameness throughout society. “We need to spread the wealth around.” – (Obama). The result is a static condition of poverty. Those of us who are innovative and industrious will not continue to provide more and more for those who are not.

Second, lets see why creating wealth is the best objective. One that has its virtues set in sound biblical principles. By having a Biblical view of wealth, we are actually in competition for service to each other, not to feel like victims. The best business and the best service to each other will create the most wealth. This stimulates success and achievement, not envy. A Biblical view of wealth creates an ambition for respectability on your own, not demanding politicians and activists get it for you. Its greatest virtue is freedom! Having the freedom to earn more and give more and to serve each other more. This includes those who can’t make it on their own. The result of this mindset is dynamic growth.

Creating Wealth Is the Best Objective
Fiddler on the Roof
So, is it OK to focus on serving other people and give meaningful charity and creating wealth instead of being an equal victim? Absolutely! Do you have a message to deliver? You know that people listen to those with wealth. Remember this song lyric of “If I were a rich man,” from “Fiddler on the Roof?” “When you’re rich they think you really know.” The crown of wealth for the wise.

The virtues in scripture depict a continuous story of all of us being connected as unique individuals, with different talents and abilities. God gave us these qualities to exercise our freedom and liberty to help and prosper each other accordingly. So is it OK to create wealth? Yes, for all who are able. Again, Proverbs 14:24 says, “The wealth of the wise is their crown.” (NIV)

My recommendation for all of you is to start on the road to prosperity and a healthy service to those around you. Develope the correct mindset and a way to deliver the correct mindset to your subconscious. Develope a mindset that will teach you not to be the victim but to achieve success and wealth.

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