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Oh, faith. Faith can move mountains. Oh, faith, faith can move mountains! The Father has structured faith such that true faith can be found only in His just people, yet He gave man the power to use their free will to put faith, an adulterated form of it, to work doing anything their heart desires. Faith certainly has many facets.

First off, lets see what The Bible has to say about faith.  Many verses are written about it and when we put the Word into context and study with a believing heart we will shape ourselves into people we will love and value more. People who are more suitable to be in the presence of God.

Hebrews 11:1 <Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.>

In my relationship with faith, I have found that it is much easier to put my trust in somebody I believe is real. How do you feel about this? Put your answer in the comments section. Maybe it will strike up a conversation with a new friend.

In John Ch. 1, John writes that the Word is God. A way that faith can be increased so much further is through reading Scripture with a mind that knows it all is the truth. You see, in the gospels, whenever the Pharisees and so forth came to Yeshua, they came with a purpose in their hearts. “And those stinkin Pharisees came along, testing Him”, or “Those rascally Sadducees were sent to Him, to trip Him up in His speech”, or “Those recalcitrant publicans questioned Him vehemently, trying to trap Him.” How is it that any of them would receive a worthwhile “substance of things hoped for” if what they were hoping for was to prove the author of life wrong?

When you go to the Word, where is the heart? Are you using it to trap somebody, to win an argument, or to lift yourself up in anyway? What are you aiming to accomplish when you go to The Word? Is that aim something God can honor? Is that aim true? God allows adulterated hearts to learn His truths for a time, thanks to mercy. Mercy, eventually, should not be the aim though. If the truth is not allowed to grow into faith, He gives that recalcitrant person over to a reprobate mind, eventually. He does that because He is a good Father, handling truth and His children responsibly, with real, unadulterated love. So, when you go to the Word, go in humility to God, and stubbornness against the lies the world has taught you about His word. Go knowing that God is going to prove some of the thoughts and feelings in your mind wrong, for your good. The truth will set you free if you diligently practice faith in Him. You cannot go to Scripture to hear Him if you are not going to His Word in faith, trusting that He wants to correct you and encourage you. How can you improve and live differently if no corrections take place? Have faith in Him when you go to The Word.

Understanding that He is right and you are in need of His guidance is a fantastic part of any strong person’s foundation. He may change the way you think about Him, revealing a part of Himself to you that was seen askew or not seen at all! Your relationship to Him, and your relationship to the world around you may be changed once you have a more full, unadulterated view of Scripture: His main form of communication to you. We are in a war, and God allows all of us to start so incredibly deceived that it is nearly impossible for a person to use the life He gave them for it’s true purpose. You will behave differently based on the bending and breaking of your mind to support the idea that all the things in the Bible support each other.

It tells us that <the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.> We all start with a carnal mind. The hope is that our minds will be changed. One of the purposes of life is to let Him wash our carnal minds, filling us with a mind that functions the way He intended. The way is narrow that leads to life, and <to be carnally minded: death; but to be spiritually minded: life and peace.> So, when your carnal mind is telling you that a verse in Scripture is being contradictory to it’s partners (other verses in Scripture), it is indeed time to snuggle up with The Savior, and be saved: from yourself, from the very mind you are using to read the Scriptures with. He will wash you clean from all that stressful, anxious rebellion, and make a move towards that which is life and peace for you. I speak from experience, not just words on a page I have been told to believe are true. I have faith that they are true and I want you to experience being set free the way I have. It is monumentally life changing and awesome.

Trying to prove Scripture wrong (even in your own mind) is an act supported by evil alone. Remember, God is the Word. If you successfully prove Him wrong then you would, in human terms, build yourself to His status or greater than His status or whatever. God is right, you are wrong, deal with it from that starting point. Most can concede to man, the church, and organized governance in that way, eventually, but few have the strength to stand before God in that way. Proving the Scripture wrong is an act that comes from a prideful, scared, recalcitrant, cowardly place. God wants us to be humble in everything that we do: healing, learning, filling others, teaching, performing miracles, administrating, studying, and helping one another to sharpen our faith as we proclaim the gospel from the housetops. If we cast a mountain into the sea, we would do well to be humble about it.

If you do successfully convince yourself and others that you have proven a Scripture to be wrong or contradictory, you may appear to be right in the reality that supports the carnal mind: for a time, a generation even. In the structure of the spiritual reality you are very sick and need to ask God for forgiveness. You need His caring love, you need Him to wrap you in His embrace. He is Lord, you are not. Stop lording over your own life. You are screwing things up for yourself. You should seriously consider asking God to help you to believe in His Son and His offer for you, instead of defending what the world has taught you about His Word in the face of His simple truth laid out before you. Then, as an act of humility to Him (kinda like bowing yourself down to a king when he passes by), dedicate some time each day to do something for the new part of Him that has been there, right under your nose all along: local mission work, personal study, treating people better based on His standards, finding and cultivating a skill He has given you. It shows The King of kings and The Lion of The Tribe of Judah that you are personally making a decision to put Him in control of you more now than you had yesterday. That is faith: action that stems from a proper understanding of Him and His expectations, and a selfless heart. Apps, and study guides, and preachers can only bring you so far if they are your main course.

Reading something in The Bible, with a heart of pride, that sounds like it is contradicting itself such as Revelation Ch. 22 verses 10, 18 and 19, we immediately jump to the conclusion that The Bible is defunct. This conclusion generally does not show in our words, but in our choices when a difficult situation arises that tempts us to make a choice that is not Biblical. If His word is defunct, so is The Lord: leaving the throne wide open for adultery to set in. No need to humble ourselves: challenge mitigated! we think. Sure, you keep tellin yourself that a couple years from now when death starts rap rap rappin on your door with it’s slow and methodical dance towards the grave, where pride’s final resting place will always be, has always been, and there are no exceptions to that. Away with you Satan! When our minds see a contradiction in the Bible, know that it is an opportunity for you to communicate with Your Creator: a fearful thing. The goal is to find out how it is not contradictory, through reading and studying the Scriptures. Reading the Scriptures is your best opportunity to do the listening part of prayer. Keep The Savior and those Scriptures on the forefront of your mind, all day, until God answers. He wrote it. He created you. He created and Lords over the world around you. Trust in Him and His Scripture from a noble and integritous heart. Change is scary, but you can do it. It is The Creator of the universe’s will for you to be victorious in this, even if it does not feel like it right now.

Lastly, in this journey where we are finding new age (from the new covenant forward) tools that are used to cultivate faith, the question word “how” is a very powerful tool in strengthening ones faith. Learn why asking “how” is so powerful in the next post. This post originally was a single, long-winded post extrapolating some of faith’s facets. I have decided, out of respect for your time and willingness to adapt to His ways, to break it up into two or three parts. This first part’s focus was on how reading Scripture from a place of faith is the key to unlocking the mysteries of God. Even with it’s being broken into three parts they are still quite long compared to other posts here. I hope they are extremely informative and a blessing to you.

Closing Prayer: Lord, I ask that those with ears to hear have heard, will hear, and will be able to spread faith from themselves to others. Protect the readers here and myself from the world of darkness, binding all their powers and principalities under Your authority. Give my readers wisdom in spreading this truth, not just to any others, but those whom You choose. Father, You are both magnified and glorified. You are awesome and the serpent is under Your feet. Thank You Lord for giving us the faith we need to move mountains and to align our will with Yours.

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