Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Don't let others steal or sell you faith

Ministry has become all about money. You don't have to scratch much below the surface to discover that.  It's just become a machine who's fuel is cash.

Yet, we are given a GIFT of Faith.  My lutheran upbringing defines that we can't even believe in Jesus without first being given a measure of faith by HIM. 

Your faith in God carries no price tag.  It can't be bought or sold.  It is a grace.. FAITH.

Yet people flock to ministers to increase their faith.  Some of that is good.  Some is appropriate, but it's not costly.  Faith is an excersise. Faith requires an object.  Faith is a substance that takes hope and makes it concrete.  Faith can be great or small.  Big or little. Sometimes it can be absent.  But all those manifestations are without cost.

What I hear this morning is:

"Don't let the merchants of religion sell or steal your faith.  I gave it to you freely. As you exercise the gift of Faith, you grow in it.  It is that way with all the gifts I give you... Healing, Discernment of Spirits, Words of Knowledge, Words of Wisdom, Prophecy, Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues... all grow as you exercise them.   Walk out your faith, Work out your faith, have the FAITH of ME your God.. with that you glorify ME as you manifest the Gift of Faith I have gave you."

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