Faith or Stupidity?


“And
without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him
must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

As we read this verse we must conclude that faith is a vital ingredient in our walk as Christians. Without faith, the Bible tells us that it is impossible to

please God. In other words, without trusting God we can never please Him. We

must believe, first, that He exists and second, that He actually will reward
those that earnestly seek Him. The challenge comes when we study what faith is.

“Now
faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not
see.”

(Hebrews 11:1)

 

So faith is a cry for us to have confidence that we will receive those things that

we are hoping for, but at the same time to have an assurance for what we are
unable to see. This means my friends, that faith is a blind walk. When we walk
in faith we are trusting God for every step we make. The greater challenge is
not only the fact that we can’t see, but also that what we see contradicts or
takes us further from the things we are hoping for. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us
very clearly:

“For
we live by faith, not by sight.”

Wow! That is a tough one; so how then do we distinguish between faith and stupidity? The answer is very simple; we must have a Word from God! This brings up another question, how do we know that it

was God speaking? Let’s explore seven ways that God speak to us before moving
on:

  1. Through
    the
    Word of God (2 Tim 3:16, Psalm 119:11,

    105)

  2. Through
    the inner still, small voice of Holy Spirit
    (Acts 11:12,Acts 13:2,Acts 16:6-7,1 Kings 19:12,Isaiah 30:19-21)

  3. Through
    the advice and counsel of men and women of God
    (Proverbs 12:15)

  4. Through
    the Audible Voice of God
    (Acts 9:4-5)

  5. Through
    Dreams
    (Matthew 1:20-21)

  6. Through
    Visions
    (Acts 10:9-18)

  7. Through
    Angels (Luke 1: 26-38)

Let me also add that it is perfectly ok to ask God for confirmation of
His Word. The Bible encourage us in 2 Corinthians 13:1

“This will be my third visit to you. “Every matter
must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”

      We must be careful, because our hearts can
be our worst false prophet. (https://angelcasiano.com/2010/09/10/the-most-dangerous-false-prophet/)

Take also into consideration that God will
never contradict His Word to accommodate our desires or what we want to do.
There are simple ways to know that God is not speaking. For example, many
pastors are getting the churches deeper and deeper in debt under the umbrella
that “God told me so!” But that is not true. The senior pastor comes with a
vision for a larger building, totally ignore that the congregation is not yet
that large in numbers and most of all, ignore the fact that there is no money
available for such project. The Elders tell him so, but he accused them of
having no faith. So he goes on and takes a loan and start the process of
financially destroying his ministry. What is wrong with this picture?

  1. The Pastor

    ignored the wisdom and safety of the multitude of counselors. So the word was

    not established by two or three witnesses. (2 Cor. 13:1)

  2. The pastor

    totally ignored the Word as the Word clearly tells us to owe no man nothing (Romans 13:8)

Beloved, this
is a good example of stupidity on our behalves. I, myself have embraced such
stupidity and it still costing me even today. So as we continue to answer the
question: How are we able to distinguish between faith and stupidity? The
answer is indeed very simple: If you have a confirmed Word from God, then, no
matter what your eyes can or cannot see, no matter how long is taking, no
matter the circumstances, no matter what people say or don’t say, hang on to
that word and press forward.

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