Faith

Today’s blog asks more questions than offers answers……so, let’s talk about faith baby! 

Scary Gospels

Jesus says something really scary in today’s gospel reading.  (Matthew 9: 27-31).  When approached by two blind men who asked for Jesus’ healing, he asks them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” They respond, “Yes.”  Then here were Jesus’ scary words, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”  Oh oh.  My first thought was, “What if their faith is imperfect?  What if they waver for just a moment?  Does that mean they will only receive a partial healing?”  YUK!  I sure wouldn’t want to be the poor guy who doubted for just a second and only partly got my sight back.  Again, YUK!

Scarier Pop-Culture “laws”

If you have seen any of the materials out there on the so-called “law of attraction” or “the secret” or have read books or attended seminars by certain authors, this is their very position.  We only receive that which we have 100% belief in.  In other words, what we have in life is 100% reflective of how we think and believe and if we don’t have “what we want” it is because we didn’t have enough belief or because we thought the wrong thoughts.  I totally agree that our thoughts, our beliefs, our perceptions and perspectives are somehow reflective of our lives.  However, even as a recoverying perfectionist who likes to carry the blame for everything good or bad in my life, it feels like an enormous burden to have to carry ALL the responsibility for our life circumstances.  I consider myself to be a woman of significant faith and yet, I do not have the $1million house on the lake neither do I have the red Volvo station wagon (or 1963 split window hardtop Corvette) of my dreams, and I’m certainly not pulling in six figures.  And if I look back on all the things I’ve had “faith” about and seen them fall short of my desires and had no one to blame but myself for these “failures,” I just might end up suicidal!

The Loophole

I certainly don’t know everything…but I can’t believe that God is really that cruel.  If in that last moment before Jesus laid his hand on him, the blind man had just a flicker of doubt (because he is human for God’s sake!), I can’t imagine that God would deprive him of the complete healing that he desired and believed that Jesus could accomplish.  There has to be some sort of allowance for our humanness….because let’s face it, we are a doubtful people.  So here is what I think….that God’s intention and God’s knowledge of what is in our highest good overrides “the law of attraction,” “The secret,” and our wavering faith.

Our Job

So, our job then is to strive to have faith, and to recognize that in our humanness, we are imperfect and our faith will waver from time to time.  And it is here that we can pray for God to increase our faith as we offer these words, “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.”  AND…..”Let it be done to me according to your word.”  Because at the end of the day, God knows best and God does best and sometimes it is not in our highest good to have the $million house on the lake and it might be in our highest good to be completely cured of our blindness…regardless of our imperfect faith.

What role does faith play in your own life?

Where do you struggle with faith?

How can you invite God to help you with your faith?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries

http://yourspiritualtruth.com

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I am a trained, professional Spiritual Director, Author and Hands-on Healer. I offer services, programs and classes that empower you to hear the voice of the Divine that speaks from within you. It is the voice of the Divine that leads us to our highest truth, to the discovery and cultivation of our gifts and to a life of Authentic Freedom where we know contentment, compassion and joy. Your truth will set you free!
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6 Responses to Faith

  1. Lynn says:

    Thank you for sharing what my thoughts have been on the “secret” and the law of attraction. I do my part but I cannot control God. I know that loving God more each day changes me and thus changes the people I attract. God is still God and ultimately on the throne of my life.

  2. John Backman says:

    Well said, Lauri. Along the same lines, I am hearing people talk a lot about choice: for instance, mental health or illness is a choice, the direction of our lives is a choice we make at every step, we are the sum of our choices. While I do understand the value of choice, this line of thinking (I think) suffers from the same flaw: it assumes we’re in total control and can be 100% all the time. I agree with you that God does not require that of us–thankfully! Choice and faith may be important, but grace even more so.

  3. Must agree with you here ~ Faith is such an amazing gift. Yet even with this gift we are limited by the flesh. To have the perfect faith I look so forward to. To be all trusting and in awe of the knowledge I lack in this broken body here on earth. I am broken most assuredly as I am flawed as are we all here. I know this and yet I also know God uses each imperfection for the greater good. If not for my failures I would not seek HIM. If not for my trials I may not come in contact with the lost sheep HE places in my path. My Faith drives me on this winding road blindly trusting HIS promises of the CROSS. ~ Peace and God Bless

  4. Bob says:

    I tend to think of it not so much as a matter of complete faith or belief but a willingness just to be open to whatever possibility exists in the present moment for our healing and highest good. It’s our willingness to be like little children as Jesus encourages us to become.

    Bob

  5. dennis says:

    Perhaps the greatest leap of faith we can make is to believe in the God Given creativity that is within each of us! Thanks for you post. This is the first time I have come read them. dennis

  6. One of the law of attraction ideas is around seeing things positively rather than negatively, which I think is a good thing. Choosing Love over fear, just like in 1John 4.

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