“Me” Faith

Posted on Jun 26 , 2014 in Faith

“Me” Faith

© By Brad L Hodges

Faith, from a human standpoint, is often based in large part on what you want God to do for you. In other words you have “faith” that what you want for you will come true and when it doesn’t your faith is shaken.

Faith should be that what God wants for you, in accordance with His Master Plan for your life, will come true. Your faith lies in the fact you trust God to do the right things in your life to help it be fulfilled.

Do you see the difference?

If your faith is based on “me” you are inevitably going to be in for a big disappointment.

If it is based in your abiding in Christ you will be abundantly blessed in ways you can’t even know.

I am as much at fault for “me” faith as many reading this are, and I will tell you it is not a good place to be.

Me faith is a companion of depression, disappointment, failure and self-doubt. It is a pit of quicksand that can only continue to suck you down the more you try to use it to save yourself.

The dichotomy created by me faith as opposed to God faith is rooted in our innate desire to be self-sufficient, devoid of divine intervention, because after all; we can touch, feel and control ourselves…at least in theory.

We have no control over God and therefore in order to have God faith we have to give ourselves over to an unseen entity. At that point we lose our grip on self, which is not only uncomfortable, but it goes against the very grain of free will.

There is a way to achieve a compromise of sorts in the battle of free will verses submission to the unseen entity of God.

Hebrews 11:1 gives us guidance on how to make this happen;

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

The “me faith” part of this is “confidence in what we hope for.” We hope for the things we think will make us happy and complete as human beings.

But what turns this from a self-centered predicate of faith into a God centered foundation is “assurance about what we do not see.”

It is in this fundamental core of faith that we allow “me” or “self” to be subjugated by a complete trust in The God of The Universe to know and act on what is truly best for us in its entirety. We fully abdicate the “Me” desires to the complete fulfillment found in God.

When we can do this we reach a point physically, emotionally and spiritually where King David arrived in Psalm 23:1;

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

I’m not saying that we don’t understand what is best for ourselves to a point. Certainly when we are children we don’t have the capacity to know that because as children, teens or even young adults we have not yet learned through experience who we are and what our limits may be, both morally and spiritually.

But as we pass through those stages of life, along the way, we gain the wisdom and experience to know ourselves pretty well. Much of this understanding is good and useful in navigating life but during the journey we also get caught up in the selfish and dark desires the world presents to us. Greed, lust and envy often become the drivers and motivators for self-centered living and the line begins to blur about what is truly best for us.

As believers if and when that happens we lose touch with reality to an extent, at least a God based reality, and “Me” begins to take center stage. It is then that what we think is best for us is all about us, not God and His plan and guidance in our lives. Our priorities change and “Me Faith” takes over.

Enter the element of wanting God to do what we want and faith becomes all about us not all about God and His perfect plan. We set ourselves up for the depression, disappointment, failure and self-doubt mentioned earlier when we don’t get what we want, and when we fail to get our way our faith can fail in our eyes because we are blinded by “Me.”

As you can see by now “Me Faith” is destined to fail by its very description.

God faith entails a step far out of our zone of self-sufficiency which we think is best for us based on our life experiences and genetic human condition and as examined above, blurred by human emotions. But God faith is founded on the divine fact that God sees the infinite beginning and infinite end of every situation and every condition of our lives. Because of this fact how can we doubt that God knows what is best for us when He sees everything about us and has since before we were ever born?

Stop basing your faith on what you want and start basing it on what God already knows will happen in your life and you will enter a place of peace, trust and the understanding that He will make it right in accordance with the master plan He has established for both your best interest and His glory.

I leave you with Romans 5:1-2 (NIV):

1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

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