Faith That Doesn’t Work

Many people study the subject of faith for the wrong reasons.  Many times these same people – if they are gut honestare discouraged because they don’t know why it isn’t working like promised.  Or, they are defensive of their style of believing.

One of the things you’ll hear them say is…

  • It’s by faith, brother…
  • Therefore, I’m just taking it by faith…

But…the thing is…I don’t believe God expects us to go through life “believing but never receiving.”

Faith is not an escape clause in the covenant.  It’s not “the fine print” that nullifies lack of experiencing the promise.

What if your son or daughter were believing you, as a good father, would provide the next meal.  As their hungry bellies were growling, you kept saying, “Just take it by faith dear son/daughter I dearly love.” “My promise of food doesn’t mean that I will actually give you food.”  “I just want you to believe I can….and take it by faith.”

Or suppose a farmer worked hard all day planting seed in his field.  That night, you say to the farmer, “So, what kind of crop are you going to harvest?”  He says, “Oh, I don’t expect to harvest.  I was just planting seeds by faith because I want God to see I am a faith farmer.”

Ridiculous.

Ignorance, Incorporated.

Foolishness gone to seed.

There are lots of “faith formulas” out there.  Some have some truthful foundation.  But, what I want to suggest is that “failure” is often the result of this reason:

  • The person believes that if they learn the right words, and apply the right formula the circumstances will change.  Once the circumstances change, they will know peace, power, provision…or whatever they are “faithing it” for.

That approach doesn’t work because…

Peace, power, and provision come from the inside out.  Not the outside in.

Jesus taught the “inside out” principle as a key to our understanding of the Spirit filled life.

God desires that we experience the righteousness, peace, joy, and power of His Kingdom…and “in part” here on earth.

Jesus demonstrated it when He went sound to sleep in the back of a boat that was rocking and rolling in the middle of a life threatening storm.

Where are you looking for peace?  What do you believe has to change before you can experience the promise of “peace on earth…”

Has this been a “bad” year for you.  What do you believe must change for 2011 to be better?

Is your answer “outside in” or “inside out” as the controlling source?

As your true faith is, be it unto you this next year.

Gary



  • http://www.redletterbelievers.com David@ Red Letter Believers

    Many times I believe that we have a ‘hook’ to our faith.
    I trust, but I want it to catch something

    • http://www.garylellis.org Gary Ellis

      True, David. I guess I would define the hook as “hope.” If we don’t have an expectation, faith can’t even activate. I think you just inspired my next blog topic. The differences between “faith, trust, and belief.”

  • http://www.redletterbelievers.com David@ Red Letter Believers

    I featured your train post today at the High Calling, Around the Network, featuring some of the best blogs around.
    We get around 20,000 readers.

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    • http://www.garylellis.org Gary Ellis

      Hey David, Thanks! I just saw this. For some reason it went to my spam folder. I really appreciate it!

  • http://goodwordediting.com Marcus Goodyear

    The idea of the “faith farmer” made me laugh! Who does anything without expecting to see some results?

    • http://www.garylellis.org Gary Ellis

      No one. That’s the thing…”religious” folk talk about faith but seldom expect anything to happen. And, somehow…walking by faith without results becomes some kind of a “badge of higher maturity.”
      Or….this is a big one….”Apparently God doesn’t want me to have (this or that)…OR…it’s in His time, brother!” But, they don’t really expect it to be in the time of their lifetime.

  • http://www.denadyer.com Dena Dyer

    I really like your thoughts here, Gary. Thanks for sharing them, and congratulations on being featured at THC!

    • http://www.garylellis.org Gary Ellis

      Thanks…and, I didn’t know I was featured at THC. When was that?

  • http://www.brockhenning.com Brock S. Henning

    Hi Gary. I enjoyed this read, and love your explanation of “working” faith here. My early years as a believer were spent trying to apply the “formulas.” To no surprise, they didn’t work, and I grew frustrated. We have so much freedom when we live from the inside out. I like that example. :)

  • http://annkroeker.com Ann Kroeker

    I like the little parables you included in the middle of this piece.

    • http://www.garylellis.org Gary Ellis

      Thanks, Ann. Don’t be a stranger, ya hear? Visit often :)