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What Is Faith-Part II

What Is Faith-Part II
Personal Faith

So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight. Isaiah 66:4 (NKJV)

In Part I of this devotional series we asked the question, "What is Faith?"  We learned that "Faith" could be described as "A conviction of truth without tangible proof."  The Bible defines "Faith" as, "The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (See Heb. 11:1).  We began to look at the first two-types of faith which are:

1.    Saving Faith (How we are saved)
2.    The Faith (Our Christian beliefs)

In Part II of this study we would like to continue to look at the next 2 types of faith.  Our third type of faith is:

3.    Personal Faith:  

Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God& Romans 14:22 (NKJV)

This is the type of "Faith" that God leads us into in our personal lives--It is our developing faith that gives us convictions in our choices such as:

  The music we listen to
*   Homeschooling or private, or public schools
  Holidays that we observe
  Eating practices

It is important for us as Christians to understand, that God may lead people in different ways.

Example:  Some may feel that Saturday is the day that they must worship God in Church services.

Some may feel that they cannot eat certain foods such as those listed in the Old Testament (Leviticus 11).  So their personal faith leads them to these convictions.  But we must look at the rest of this verse in Romans 14:22.
...Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. Romans 14:22 (b) (NKJV)

Basically what Paul is saying in the latter part of this verse is:
"You're a happy man if you're not bound up with regulations."

We must understand something very important here as well, our "Personal Faith" is not a to be used as a blank check--It is not to be a liberty to sin or to participate in something that is evil.  And we must be sure that when we take our God-given Christian-liberty to do certain things--that it doesn't cause others to stumble in their walk.

In other words, "don't flaunt your freedom in the face of another believer."

Example:  If a brother is currently, or has been in bondage to alcohol-don't break out the glass of wine when dining together.

We should never make our "Personal Faith" a point of division, or contention.  God may know that you can handle something, and that someone else may not, so don't try to push your standards (or even your lack of standards) or beliefs upon others.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV)

When we have an opportunity to look at another person who may not believe the exact same way that we do in our "Personal Faith" we can tend to be critical of the way they may interpret or act upon certain scriptures.  We can insist on our way because of our belief and in the process, we can cause division within the body of believers.  We can avoid this by looking out for their interests, and be willing to refrain from demanding our way.  

God will call out to us and speak to us very clearly--we just have to listen to His voice, and His commands.  When we turn to God for every decision and every action, we will be guided to make the right choices in our "Personal Faith."

I want to encourage you today to begin to talk to God about the choices you are going to make.  Ask Him, "Lord, how should I handle this situation?  Is this okay, what I am partaking in?  Lord, give me guidance."  You might just be surprised to see how you are willing to lay some things down, and how they don't mean that much anymore.

In our next part, we will look at our last type of faith, which is "Living Faith."

STUDY QUESTION: According to Isaiah 66:4, what happens to those who don't hear God, and choose to do what is evil?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Are you listening to God?  Can you hear Him speak to you as you read His Word, or when you are making decisions?

APPLICATION: Take time to listen to the Lord.  Stop, and rest; take time to talk to Him today.  Ask Him to speak to you.

Father, Thank You for taking the time to speak to me directly.  Thank You for shaping my Personal Faith in just the way You would like.  I pray that You would continue to guide me in all my choices, and that I would see things as You do.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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