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Getting Back To The Basics

I just re-read an article: “Back To The Basics“, that serves as a reminder that I think every Christian needs from time to time.

Simply put, over time, we all have a tendency to get caught up in all sorts of things, from the ordinary matters of day to day life to the “bigger things” or “Important stuff” that we’re involved in.  Even when this stuff is actually God’s work, we can get so busy with it that we start slipping on and then eventually forgetting entirely the very basics of our faith.

The answer to this is a wake up call, a reminder that we need to make sure not to neglect the basics of prayer, Bible study and taking time out from our day to just sit back and listen to God, remember what it is that He did for us in Jesus and what we’ve been saved from.

I strongly recommend that everyone take a few minutes to read “Back To The Basics” and give some thought to how much attention you’re giving to Christian Basics.

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Fear: False Evidence Against Reality

How many times have you read or heard expressions talking about “the fear of God” in such a way that imply we should be afraid of God, terrified that He’s going to zap us any second for this or that sin?

The thing is, that is NOT what God means when Proverbs 9:10 says “…fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: “.  The word fear in that statement would be much better translated “Awe, reverence, respect”.

God does NOT want us to be terrified of Him.  In fact, He doesn’t want us to be in fear over anything.  Otherwise “fear not” would not occur 63 times in the Bible (KJV).  In Psalms 23:4 we’re shown that we should “fear no evil” because God is with us.  In Romans 8:31 we’re reminded “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Remember that fear, worry, dread, terror and all related forms of torment don’t come form God, He gives us love, not fear.

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

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Why Is Faith so Important?

Yesterday I talked about how faith needs to be acted on in order for it to have any value and this brings up the question of why faith is so important in the first place.

The main reason that faith is important is that without it you will never please God:

Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

More of why can be explained by examining what faith is.  Start by backing up a few verses before the previous one:

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

If you take the time to get out a Strongs Concordance and look up the meanings of the Greek words that this English text was translated from, you’ll see that Faith can basically be defined as the conviction of the truth of something.  This conviction is the foundation of things that are anticipated .  This conviction is all the proof we need of anything that God has promised us.

Hebrews 11 gives several examples of how people acted convinced of the truth of something, expecting and looking forward to receiving it.  They didn’t have any physical proof or indication that something was so.  They simply took God’s word for it.  He said it, therefore they knew that He would perform it.  Without this conviction of the truth of what God says we can’t expect to please Him.  Would you be pleased with someone who wouldn’t believe anything you say?

For a more in depth study about faith, have a look at a Bible Study about Faith that looks at faith as one part of the “Armor of God”

Backing up your faith

A lot of people when asked, will say that they believe in God and a lot of them will say that they even have faith in God.  They’ll even tell you that having faith means that they believe what He says and trust in Him.  But still, too many forget that for faith to have value you must base your actions on that faith:

James 2:20, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

Simply put, If you have faith that God will provide your needs then you will act based on that faith and among other things, not worry and fear about the possibility of those needs not being met.  If God has promised to take care of you AND you believe Him and have faith in His promise, then there is zero reason to fear and worry about failure.

If we are to say we have faith, then our actions and words must be based on that faith.  We need to back up our faith with action

What Do Your Works Say?

Titus 1:16, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

Does this describe you?  Saying that you know God but the way you act and the things you do make it clear that you either don’t know Him at all or at least are not paying any attention to Him?

I know I’ve been in this situation myself more than once.  The good news is that if we admit to God that this is what we’ve been doing and turn away from that behavior and back to what He wants us to be doing then He’ll gladly forgive us and accept our return.

Very much like the story of the prodigal son.  The father was more than willing to accept the return of his son when he repented and turned back to his father.  God is also ready to accept us when we repent and turn back to Him.

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