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Should I Fight to Regain my Lost Faith?

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Hello. My name is Matthew.

I am here as my Faith is weak (Not in the Creator), but in any Christian religion.

I am seeking guidance, wisdom, learning and kind words.

I said the other day to myself "I will do what God wishes."; I believe He wishes I be here and try to regain my once, deeply-held Faith.

More about this struggle in an upcoming post.

I am glad to be here.

Kind regards,
Matthew
 
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Hello and welcome; we all struggle-but it is the 'fight' that reminds us we are still in the battle. When we surrender to the world, we forget God. When we surrender to God-we continue the fight-in HIS Name.
 
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I understand where you are coming from - there has been so many times where I just have wanted to give up. But He is Faithful when we are faithless...and when I (or anyone!) need a reminder of Him, the Ability to keep going in this walk, He gives it. :)

So welcome....and know that God is with you even now....
 
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Matthew: welcome :)

Let's look at what faith is. Scripturally it's:
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
In the dictionary it's:
complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Trust. When you have a friend that's hurt you by betraying that "trust" it's almost impossible to regain that trust. (Proverbs 18:19) We put people, and God, into a box of our understanding based on our experience. When someone, even God, acts outside our established beliefs, we become offended, hurt, and mistrusting towards them. Everyone at some point in their walk with Jesus goes into this area because we must surrender the throne of our lives over to Another completely. The scriptures call it "Walking in the Spirit." There's a curious verse that sums this up:

Hebrews 4:11 (KJV) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
What is labor? Hard Work. It's hard work to enter into that rest. What rest is that?

Hebrews 4:10 (KJV) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his.
The first time rest is used is on the 7th day of Creation - sabbath. The word means:
To cease from an activity for the purpose or rest or celebration.
Living in today's society with TV, radio, computers, smart phones, neighbors generally 10 feet away, sirens, dogs barking, it's near impossible to find rest. But that isn't what Hebrews is talking about. The rest that Hebrews is talking about is the English definition:
complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
The word for salvation is יְשׁוּעָה and literally means:
A deliverance or freedom from a trouble.

Notice this verse:
Hebrews 3:12 (KJV) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
The word for evil here according to Thayer is:
1. full of labours, annoyances, hardships
a. pressed and harassed by labours
b. bringing toils, annoyances, perils; of a time full of peril to Christian faith and steadfastness; causing pain and trouble
Because we are bombarded day in and day out with the things of this world, it is imperative we keep in the Word of God not just the word of God. To do that one must meditate, not like the Hindi with legs crossed and an empty mind, but the scriptural way:

Joshua 1:8 (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
The word meditate is literally:
To be in continual contemplation over a matter.
The matter to contemplate is the word of God. Take a verse and meditate on it. Here's an example:

Psalms 1:2-3 (KJV) But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Before I begin, the word law here is actually means teaching - Torah - teachings of God, not just the Ten Commandments. So... one that meditates is one like a tree STOP. A tree. Pondering a tree. A tree with deep roots isn't easily toppled by a storm. A tree hosts a place for birds to live and sing. The bark of a willow tree has the same chemical compound as aspirin. The tree sings when the wind blows through it. A tree provides shade when the heat gets too tough. A tree is immovable. Next: a tree planted STOP. A tree planted implies there's a gardener and not just some wild tree, but one cultivated and cared for. If cared for then there must be a Caretaker. A good Caretaker will prune the tree to help it grow stronger and focus on the importance of growing roots instead of just showy heights. A Caretaker will put stinky manure to give the tree the nutrients it needs to grow. Next: a tree planted by the rivers of water STOP. By the rivers of water. Water is essential to proper growth. So the supply is never ending, usually next to a river, but here it says rivers, more than one. So the supply exceeds the demand and by a lot! Everyone wants to enjoy sitting next to a river of moving water. Moving water is fresh and clean. Peace reigns there on a warm sunny summer day and the river sings during the cold quiet days of winter speaking of the abundant supply of the Supplier when everything around seems dead. Next: that bringeth forth fruit STOP. Before it gives fruit a tree must bloom with flowers. But just flowers isn't enough to produce fruit. Bees are necessary. They go from flower to flower pollinating the tree so the seed produces a seed within and sweet flesh around it. Bees... an interesting word in Hebrew. The word for bee in Hebrew is Deborah, yes, the name in English. But in Hebrew it also means the word word. As the bee (word) goes from tree to tree (person to person), it spreads the pollen. Just like the word of God planted in the soul brings forth salvation to those willing to accept the Word! This word for fruit in Hebrew also means wealth. Do this meditation on Psalms 23 to understand. Next: bringeth forth his fruit in his season STOP. ...in his season. There is a time of planting, time of growing, time of hibernation, time of flowering, time of fruit. A strong tree grows very slowly while a weak tree grows tall. Time allows for growth and rest. Time allows for events to occur: energy to produce a flower; time to process the seed from the flower; time to grow the flesh around the seed; time for the flesh to sweeten; time to add new leaves to catch the sun for food and the wind to strengthen the wood. Next: his leaf also shall not wither STOP. ...shall not. An absolute negative command. To wither means to die, to become corrupt, to become diseased. What leaf doesn't wither? An evergreen tree! And lastly, because he meditates on the word of God, whatsoever he does shall prosper. That person shall not lack anything because he puts his trust, faith, confidence, in God.

The word meditate literally means to mutter, as in to speak under your breath, to mubble. Why would that be important?

Romans 10:17 (KJV) So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Galatians 3:5 (KJV) He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, [doeth he it] by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Remember the word for bee? It means word AND to speak AND object! When you speak the word of God your faith is increased and becomes a substance! When you meditate on the word of God, the Word of God comes to life in your life. This is why God spoke everything into existence and why magicians stole the phrase (ברא כא דברה) and made it a word, abracadabra, and in Hebrew it literally means Word He created here! In fact if you take the first word of the scriptures and put a space after the first two letters it says: (bar areshit - בְּרֵ אשִׁ֖ית) it spells out Son, I make!

So, meditate on the word. Speak the word. Grow your faith! We all must do it! God Bless!

 
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Abdicate Hello,
Oh thank you, thank you and thank you for sharing this with me. I find it to be more satisfying then a perfectly done steak and baked potatoe and veggies...;)
What I mean is this is meat for the soul brother and it leaves me with one question.
Do you have any more ?
Thanks again
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Abdicate Hello,
Oh thank you, thank you and thank you for sharing this with me. I find it to be more satisfying then a perfectly done steak and baked potatoe and veggies...;)
What I mean is this is meat for the soul brother and it leaves me with one question.
Do you have any more ?
Thanks again
Jim
Thanks for the very kind words. Check out my site: http://www.abdicate.net and the blog within http://www.abdicate.net/blog
 
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Abdicate Hello,
Oh thank you, thank you and thank you for sharing this with me. I find it to be more satisfying then a perfectly done steak and baked potatoe and veggies...;)
What I mean is this is meat for the soul brother and it leaves me with one question.
Do you have any more ?
Thanks again
Jim
You'll find @Abdicate is very resourceful...I've visited his blog and it is loaded with information. (y)