Why “Americanized” Faith Doesn’t Work

FailureBe honest with me now.  It’s just you and me.  Has your faith been working for you?  If not, I might be able to help you understand why. 

It could be because you’ve thought it was YOUR faith. 

It’s Not Your Faith That Works

We don’t have the capacity to create faith.  No matter how hard we try.  The “energy/substance” we call faith comes as a gift from God.  Attempting to “work up” “psych up” or “confess up” faith is similar to attempting to “get blood out of a turnip.”

Natural Faith Is A Product Of Reason

Since the 1700’s, Western Culture has been under the strong influence of “The Enlightenment.”  I like to call it “The Darken-ment.”  It’s also been referred to as “The Age of Reason.”

The fruit of the Age of Reason has been the belief that anything real is produced by rational thought, or the process of reasoning through an issue.

That thought process has led to a de-spiritualization of Christianity.  In other words, we’ve succumbed to the idea that the intellectual, logical, scientific  thought process is the only safe path to understanding the Scriptures, God, and His ways.  That’s why, in this article, I refer to “Americanized” faith.  America is, very much, a disciple of the intellectual scientific method approach to all truth about anything.

Revelation From Relationship Produces Faith

I know a great many people – and used to be one, myself – that attempted to “reason” my way into a strong, vibrant faith.  I’m glad to say that it never worked for me.

Why would I say that I’m glad that never worked?

Because, if it had, I would never have discovered the kind of faith that actually works.

One of the most subtle yet deceptive methods I used in attempting to produce faith with my powers of reason was through positive confession of the scriptures.

Whoa!!

Stick with me now.  Read everything I’m about to say.  I believe that speaking what God states about (fill in the blank) can be a good thing.  In fact, a very good thing.  I believe the Word of God is powerful.

However…

I also believe that many people are attempting to use the stated promises in a 2 + 2 = 4 reasoning process.   In other words, “The promise says this.  If I believe it and confess it, my thinking will adjust to the logical conclusion of it.”  And, so…they feel that if they fill their minds with the logic of it all, then it will happen the way it’s supposed to happen.

Heart Revelation Always Trumps Rationality

Proverbs 3:5 counsels us, “Trust the Lord with all your heart.  Lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

The “heart/spirit” is the organ that produces faith that works.  A person accesses the heart through relationship with Holy Spirit.

The master key that unlocks that door is meditating/imagining a Scriptures trusting Holy Spirit to “release the flavor and aroma” of that verse in a way that begins to permeate your true power of understanding.

When His “voice” paints His picture on my imagination, powerful, effective, receiving faith is born.  The core of our inner man rises up and shouts, “I know that I have that which I’ve desired of Him.”

STOP – LOOK – LISTEN

Stop all the physical, and mental gymnastics.  Come to rest.

Look to the what the promise states and see with your imagination what it would “look and feel” like as it applies to your life.

Listen to what’s happening in your “inner theater.”  Focus your inner ears and eyes to the hunches of your heart.

The words will begin to take on a life of their own, as it were.   You’ll begin to “sense the living substance” of the words.  They will begin to “breath” with life and reality to you.  You won’t have to talk or reason yourself into anything.

Faith will take on a brand new, powerful dimension in your life!  You’ll begin to experience the robust vitality of it. Your confidence in God and His Word will rise to “heavenly levels.”

Will you ever struggle with having faith again?  Absolutely!

Developing faith isn’t a magic formula that once you’ve got it, it’s now in your control.  The faith connection is an ongoing relationship discipline.

But now…you’ll honestly be able to say…Faith Works!  I know it personally!

Does this help?  Do you have any questions or comments?  Please respond in the comments.

Gary