More is NOT Better (7)

7. It distorts our faith in God.

Romans 10:17 says …faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Faith comes from what God said. Proclaiming things about God that God did not say distorts our faith. It leads us astray. It causes us to have faith in things other than God.

It can create faith in the flesh. Hudson Taylor for years worked hard and felt he was trusting Christ but had no real joy or liberty in his ministry. The turning point was when he received a letter from a friend that said, “It is not by trusting my own faithfulness, but by looking away to the Faithful One!” He realized then and there that his faith was actually in himself.

It can create faith in faith. Professing Christians can often be heard saying, “If you believe enough, it will happen.” We are commanded to have faith in God, not to have faith that something will turn out the way we want. That is actually the opposite of faith. Even Christian leaders can be heard saying, “If you believe this, God will give you that.” Faith is letting go and letting God do whatever He sees fit.

It can create faith in a formula. “If you do this, God will do that. Pray this prayer and this will happen.” You cannot put God in a corner and claim that it’s faith. Faith is not getting something from God, it’s giving something to God; yourself. Divine faith is a commitment to Him and His will, whatever that entails; even if it means being burned at the stake.

And since faith pleases God, adding to the word causes us to ultimately displease God. Through the years I have found that people tend to try and please the one that added to the word, rather than God. The one that adds inadvertently becomes their god because it’s his or her word they are following and that’s faith in man; that’s distorted.

To please God we must exercise faith and never add to His word.

Until next time,

Chris

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