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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Sermonette--What is Faith, Anyway?

What is faith? I defy any of you to come up with a place in the Bible where faith is described as a feeling. But if it's not a feeling, how do you know if you have it or not?

Maybe if we look on it mostly as an active verb. What would you do if you had great faith? You'd act like it.

Remember Abraham? And remember what Paul said about him in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews? When God told him to pick up and move, he did, all the way from Ur (in present Iraq) to Haran (in Israel). Six hundred miles. You might say he acted on his faith in God.

In the same way, we can put feet to our faith. We might not have to walk 600 miles, but we might have to drive to a friend's house who needs prayer.

I wonder how many times Abraham questioned whether he had gone plumb out of his mind. We know he twice! denied that Sarah was his wife because he was afraid of some king who might kill him to get to her. And yet--he kept plodding on.

Sometimes that's what faith takes, just putting one foot in front of the other in order to accomplish what God says to do. Don't depend on your feelings or you will never pray for anyone or anything, and that would be a disaster.

There are a lot of things faith-related that God tells us to do: pray for our leaders, pray for the sick, pray for our families, pray for your pastor, feed the hungry, visit those in jail, clothe the naked. We have lots to do, folks of faith.

Giant faith starts with baby steps, so get stepping.