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What kind of faith do you have Joseph Luellen III

faith_300x200This post may not be easy to read the 1st time, or the 2nd time. I would hope that you read it again and again and understand my intent. I seek to educate and mean no disrespect to anyone. I am not questioning your faith, I am questioning my own. If I say, “What kind of faith do you have?” I may as well be saying “What kind of faith do you have, Joseph Luellen III?” So don’t take any of this personally, take it as a challenge to learn about your faith and grow it from there. That is what I am doing. I am trying to be real in confronting the level of faith that I possess.

Faith:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/faith

  1. Confidence or trust in a person or thing:
  2. Belief that is not based on proof:
  3. Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion:

So the dictionary defines faith as Confidence or trust in a person or thing. I have heard people say things like “Trust but Verify.” I say Verify before you Trust. Now how can you have Trust and Confidence without Proof? Have I come to a paradox? No, I say watch people and things from a distance and ask yourself if this person or thing will come through when you need them to come through for you. Reputation and Respect are not bought and sold, they are earned. So my trust or my faith in things or in people also has to be earned.

As for my belief in God or the teaching of religion; I feel we need to study the teachings and then trust our inner voice, trust our gut feeling. Most of us know the difference between right and wrong. Now if we choose to do wrong because we think it is fun, or because we lust after power, or because someone has twisted the teaching of religion; are we really listening to our inner voice? Do we really trust what God is telling us, or are we putting our faith in ourselves or some other person over God?

Faith:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith

Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing or a belief not based on proof. It may also refer to a particular system of religious belief

Are you superstitious? Do you believe in Good Luck and Bad Luck? Do you believe in Mojo? Do you believe you can be cursed, or that you need a talisman or do you believe in Juju? How about Chi Energy or the Force? Do you believe in Karma and Nirvana? Really, where do you place your faith? If you only believe in knowledge and proof, then you are putting you trust in what you know. But let me ask you a question. How do you really know that you know anything? Let me take you to a faraway country where you may not know the language. Would you be able to survive? To learn the language in this distant land you would have to trust what people are teaching and trust what you are learning, but can you really trust what people tell you at face value?

Again, Joseph Luellen III, where do you place your faith? See this post is as much a question for me as it is for anyone else. Me, I trust what I can see for myself and for the rest I trust my inner voice. I trust the things I seem to dream about over and over. I trust what God is trying to tell me and God is telling me to keep searching for truth. What God is telling me may not be what God is telling you, you have to search for yourself.

Faith:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2011&version=KJV

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Sooner or later, the question of Faith and Religion will intertwine. My personal believe is that I can believe what the Christian Bible tells me and I will not have to stomp all over someone else’s faith to find my purpose. I believe that I do not need to shatter someone else’s dreams to chase mine. I do not have to tell others anything other than to look inward and listen to their inner voice and stand back and watch others before trusting people. I tell people the only advice that I follow, do your homework for yourself.

Now for me, Biblical Faith is not something I take lightly. Ask yourself, do you have the faith that was written about in the Bible. Could you be like Daniel in the Lion’s Den? Could you be like Daniels friends and be thrown in a fiery furnace because you refused to bow down before a king? I ask myself these things a lot; “Joseph Luellen III how great is your faith?”

Do you have the same faith as Elijah when he was challenged by the Prophets of Baal and the Prophets of the groves? Would you stand up for what you believe if you were outnumbered 850 to 1? Do I have that kind of faith?

Do I have the kind of faith that could raise the dead, or walk on water, or heal the sick or recover sight to the blind? If I did, would I not be spreading the good news on a daily basis? So what happens to us, what happens to me? How do I lose sight of how much good God can do through me if I allow it to happen? Isn’t the first step, professing the good news regardless of the fear and lies spread by others? Or should I wait for proof? Should I wait for proof that I can do great things before I have faith that I can do great things? Maybe I should do little things before I expect great things.

David faced Goliath, but he had faith because he faced a bear and a lion first. So I wonder to myself; Joseph Luellen if you were the keeper of the flock; would you run from the sight of the bear and the lion or would you have faith to protect the sheep? Then I ask, how can I conquer my Goliath if I am afraid to face the bear or the lion? Where is my faith? So I ask you, when people question your faith, do you go along or do you stand on faith before there is proof? Do you listen closely to what God is trying to tell you? Only David stood up to Goliath; I ask myself, “Joseph Luellen III do you have that much faith?

Do I have the faith to move mountains? Do I have the faith as a mustard seed? Do I at least have enough faith to spread good news? I am trying to be real in confronting the level of faith that I possess. Do I say that I am the healed or do I say that I am the sick? Do I say that I am broken or do I say that I am fixed? Do I say that I am poor or do I say that I am prosperous? Do I speak lies or the truth? Do I live in darkness or in light? What kind of faith do I really possess? Right now I am challenging myself.

This post may not be easy to read the 1st time, or the 2nd time. I would hope that you read it again and again and understand my intent. I seek to educate and mean no disrespect to anyone. I am not questioning your faith, I am questioning my own. If I say, “What kind of faith do you have?” I may as well be saying “What kind of faith do you have, Joseph Luellen III?” So don’t take any of this personally, take it as a challenge to learn about your faith and grow it from there. That is what I am doing. I am trying to be real in confronting the level of faith that I possess.

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