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Words we use and misuse – Faith … as we see in Scripture

November 8, 2011

… as we see in Scripture

Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Hebrews11:6

Discernment of Faith – BD version  This is my “re-write” of Oct. 31 My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. (not because he needs editing, but because re-writing helps my thinking processes.)


Faith is more than an attitude which brings rewards for good behavior from God.  Having faith is not a ticket that entitles us to gifts and presents and blessing, it does not earn us anything.

God wants me to understand that He is calling me to a life of faith, not a life of sappy, wimpy enjoyment of His blessings. A faith walk is an adventure, not a vacation.

Faith brings us into right relationship with God and then we are positioned so that God has opportunity to finish the work He began. That is not always an easy process. God frequently has to “knock the props” out from under us in order to get us into contact with himself. (He uses, not rewards but rather, desperation to draw us nearer to Himself.)

After that initial faith encounter, in order to draw us deeper, God often withdraws His conscious blessing, in order to teach us to walk out that saving faith, so that we know Him more thoroughly.


Oswald says, “Faith, by its very nature, must be tried.” (This I get even without re-writing.)

Next comes an eye opener:

Don’t confuse the trial of faith with the ordinary disciplines of life, the inevitabilities of living in a broken place. Lots of things that we call “the trial of faith” are really just the “inevitable result of being alive.”

[So now I am compelled to ask: “What keeps me from that life marked by faith?”]

“The real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character has to be cleared in our own minds.”

Faith, in the Biblical sense, is faith in the character of God, even in the face of evidence that seems to contradict Him. Faith is saying, “I will not waver in my trust of His character no matter what he may do.” 


  • Faith is holding fast to Him when the logic of it all is “not seen.”
  • Faith is proclaiming Him to be good even when all I have in my hand is only something I “hope for.”
  • Faith is staring every reality in the face, even the final reality of death, and echoing those ancient words, ‘”Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

  This is faith.


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