Monday, January 24, 2011

Have Faith of Your Own

SECONDHAND "FAITH" "Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God" (Romans 14:22). Many, if not most of those in professing Christendom have secondhand "faith." It can be a wonderful thing when others share their "faith" with us; but sadly much of what many "believe" was simply passed to them by others, untested and unproven. Their "faith" is not truly in God, nor in the Scriptures themselves, but in those who passed the information to them. The only way for faith to truly be ours is for us ourselves to go to the Scriptures themselves; to be personally convinced by them. "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth" (II Timothy 2:15). Note carefully Paul's words, "Study to show YOURSELF…", and earlier, "Do you have faith? Have it to YOURSELF before God" God has called us into an individual faith before Himself. No one has the right to tell us what to believe; to provide for us with creeds or doctrinal statements. Our faith is to be personal; without human constraint and manipulation. "Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand" (II Corinthians 1:24). The walk of faith truly begins with freedom from the bondage of religious dominion, and finds its completion standing before God alone by personal faith. Embrace this true liberty; freedom from religion, to freedom of faith – the freedom to follow the faith that God gives you. Being strong in such faith is what brings glory to the Father. "He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God" (Romans 4:20). Do not settle for secondhand "faith" – for that is not truly faith at all – or at least it is not faith in God and in His Word; it is merely faith in men and their words. We must not merely go on what we have heard, on what we have been taught, nor on our preconceived notions and supposition. God gives us a faith all our own, so that we may know and believe first-hand what He has said; for faith is simply taking God at His Word. Don't be caught up in the mimicry of a secondhand "faith." Dare to believe God and His Word for yourself! Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr. © Daily Email Goodies DAILY GOODIES – THE BOOK! 365 Daily Goodies have been put together in a book. This is a great resource for personal and family study, as well as a valuable reference volume covering many varied scriptural themes. --------------------------- DAILY EMAIL GOODIES Receive the Daily Email Goodies by signing up at: BOOKS BY CLYDE L. PILKINGTON, JR. OUR WEEKLY PERIODICAL The Bible Student's Notebook, available in two formats: Electronic (e-mailed to you) and Printed (mailed to you). OUR ONLINE ARTICLES Bible Student's Notebook past articles online.

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