The one talent servant said, "I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth." I can clearly see how I can run to the world and hide my talents.
God gave me a love of the truth, and I'm grateful. But loving truth is no substitute for faith, and only IN faith does it become a love of the One Who IS Truth.
Without Faith it is impossible to please God. Yet faith is not a beeline to independence from God. So is living according to your faith living in His Will?
“Do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” How much of my unbelief in Jesus Christ stems from an idolatrous belief born of my own understanding?
Not a day goes by that the Spirit hasn’t convicted me of the faith I have in sense and reason. Recent events in Charlotte brought it to the fore again.
An insistent pursuit is not a common position for even the average believer. Many slink towards God with hopes that He might possibly answer.
The centurion knew where his answer would be found and with great faith entreated Jesus for His Answer. Faith powers our insistence, not our desire or will or desperation.
Jesus commended the Canaanite woman for her faith – not her prayer, not her will, not her volume, but her faith. She connected faith to her desperation and shameless persistence and Jesus answered.