Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Power of Converting Your Faith to Knowledge

Definitions    
Faith:  confidence or trust;  belief that is not based on truth;  belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion;  a system of religious belief.
Belief: confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to immediate proof; confidence, faith, trust;  a religious tenet or tenets
Knowledge:  the fact or state of knowing;  clear and certain mental apprehension;  acquaintance with facts, truths, or principals as from study, investigation, or first hand experience

     Every minister I have ever encountered talked to me and to others about faith.  They talk about a belief in God, in Jesus, in His love for us.  What I am going to present to you here is just a bit different.  Please note the definitions above for Faith and Belief.  Truly we can all see that these two words are synonymous.  There is very little difference in them as their definitions are virtually interchangeable.  The part that bothers me here is that they both refer to that which is not based on truth or immediate proof.  From a Christian point of view, these are words that most likely should be used by every "new" Christian.  As we grow in our faith, we learn.  We learn from other Christians.  We learn from writings such as those in the Bible.  We learn from pastors and ministers.  Most importantly, if we pray earnestly, we learn from God himself. 
     There should come a point, in our growth as Christians, for us to put aside the "wanting to know" as God reveals to us His truth.  At that point, faith and belief should become knowledge.  One should come not just to believe but because of our communion with God to know He is there, He watches over us, He cares for us, and He loves us.  Your life will be transformed once belief that is not based on truth or confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to immediate proof is proven beyond a doubt and becomes knowledge.  Let me explain how I know this to be true.
      Let's examine a fellow named Sam.  Now Sam is living a pretty good life with a descent job, a loving wife and even a couple of children who love him.  He is basically an honest man and generally tries to do the right thing.  He believes in God but he is not much of a church goer and he seldom speaks of God to his wife or his children.  Like many people, he is content but not exactly what you would call really happy.  Then one afternoon, something different happens to Sam.  While on his way home from work, Sam narrowly escapes a terrible traffic accident.  He pulled over to the side of the road to calm his nerves.  Once stopped, he laid his head on his steering wheel and said out loud, "Thank you Jesus."  A voice next to him said, "You are welcome."  Of course Sam is startled and even more so when he sees what appears to be Jesus sitting beside him in his front seat.  At first he is frightened and demanded to know who this person is and how he got in his car but immediately he is filled with a peaceful feeling such as he has never before encountered.  In the next few moments of conversation, Sam gets to know Jesus and comes to realize Jesus is always with him.
     Now how do you think Sam's life was different the next day?  Did he simply go to work as usual?  Did he continue on with his life as if nothing happened?  Sam now possessed the undeniable truth of the existence and love of God.  Surely things drastically changed in Sam's life from that day forward.
     Truth be told, the chances of something like Sam's experience happening to us is pretty slim.  However, it is a relatively simple matter to reach the same point of knowledge he achieved.  That is most easily done with prayer.  If you pray with earnestness and honesty, God will reveal himself to you.  You might think this could go without saying but you must also pay attention.  Too many times God talks to us or sends us messages and because our thoughts are elsewhere, we just don't get it.  Try this.  Get away from everyone and everything in your life for just a little bit.  Find a quiet place with no distractions and try talking to God.  You may well be amazed and you may very well be able to exchange your faith for knowledge.  Understand also that when it happens, you life will undergo drastic changes.

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