Is Faith Automatic?

Nina tells me all the time that when most people read a blog, they really only want to read a status update, as if it were on Facebook. “They don’t want to read a book,” she says. The implication is that I write “books” instead of status updates.

So, taking her advice, I’m going to throw something out there for you to ponder. I’ll not comment on it, but you are welcome to….here goes.

“Faith is not something that acts automatically, faith is not something that acts magically. This, I think, is the blunder of which we have all, at some time or another, been guilty. We seem to think that faith is something that acts automatically…What is faith? Let us look at it positively. The principle taught here is that faith is an activity, it is something that has to be exercised. It does not come into operation itself, you and I have to put it into operation. It is a form of activity.” D. Martyn Lloyd Jones in Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures

Agree? Disagree? How do we put faith into action if it is necessary to do so?

Categories: Depression, Faith, fear, God, Grace
  • June McCarty

    Faith is not see with your eyes, spoken with the mouth or heard with your ears. Faith is something you know within your soul. Faith comes from our Father, Jesus Christ. The only way you can know Faith is to know Christ.
    That’s the best I can do Michael, love you all. June

  • Michael Andrzejewski

    No right or wrong answers, Mrs. June…just looking for opinions. Thanks!

  • Danny

    1. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God – Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    2. Faith is believing the Word of God –
    Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it
    was counted unto him for righteousness.
    Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he
    was able also to perform.

    3. Faith is acting on the Word of God –
    Romans 4:19-20 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own
    body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the
    deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God
    through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

    God 1. told Abraham that he was going to have this special child in his old age, 2. he believed it!!! 3. But he still had to act upon it!!! (He went to bed with his wife) and God brought it all to pass through faith!

    So FAITH is hearing, believing and acting on the Word of God!

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