There’s been an exhaustive amount of teaching on the subject; And, in many ways the overabundance of opinions on the issue have born the fruit of confusion rather than clarity. Therefore, my hope is to bring at least a ray of fresh, unconfusing light to the topic of faith.
So, please consider this…
Let me start with an example from my life. Back in 1979 I found myself on a little dirt trail in the country of Kenya. I was amazed at how things had come together to make this possible. As I looked down the narrow dirt path that morning… (taking in the unique sights and sounds) …I felt like the Lord asked me the question, “Do you know why you’re here?”
I looked around a bit more and responded, “No, Lord…I don’t. Why am I here?” Almost immediately the inner voice of His Spirit said, “Because you decided to be.”
You see…I had made a choice. Another way to put it…I’d taken a step of faith.
Faith…and knowing what it is…has become too complicated and “spiritual-ized.” The truth is that faith is a practical practice … and it always works.
Here’s another way to look at…or describe…the anatomy of faith:
- You know about something
- That knowledge becomes a desire
- The desire becomes strong enough that you choose it – or you commit yourself to it
I heard about the possibility that I could take a ministry trip to Africa (In my case I was personally invited). The more I pondered it, the more my desire grew and as I prayed it “felt right.” (Peaceable)
One day I made the choice to go.
<In place of the word faith, change it to the word “choice…decision…or committing yourself to something” and see if it clarifies your “faith question.”>
A process became apparent, but I wouldn’t have begun the process if I hadn’t made the choice to go. Obstacles arose along the way…further choices (steps of faith) had to be made. Then one day…
I was on a little dirt path in the country of Kenya asking the question, “Why am I here?”
I hope this sheds some fresh light on your faith path. What things do you know about, and desire? Is the next step…CHOICE?