Clustering the word “faith”

CLUSTER; to compare, to bind together. A cluster or bunch of grapes, a cluster of henna flowers, a cluster of dates.

Good Monday Morning to this week 08 of 2019

FAITH, is a precious possession, not visible or tangible, however, Jesus said to doubting Thomas: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls. The result of a living faith is both visible and tangible! The disciples saw it and touched it in Jesus, and our calling as Christians is to come to this same fullness of life – by faith!

Looking at individual faith, three professors of a Chennai University applied a fuzzy clustering to stories of individual faith in the Bible. They looked at well-known stories as:

Peter’s faith in the arresting of Jesus
Mary’s faith in the changing of water to wine
The centurion’s faith
Thomas and his portion of faith
Martha in the raising of Lazarus
Peter’s faith as he walked on water
Peter’s faith, catching a large amount of fish
Elizabeth’s faith with the birth of John the Baptist
Bartimaeus being healed of blindness
The disciples’ faith in the calming of the sea

These wonderful incidents in the Bible stand testament, that faith, is required if not to a greater degree, to have hope and to make us certain of the realities we do not see.

Significant about this observation is the higher the degree of faith greater to the extent of the miracle. But what needs to be noted is that eight of the attributes fall in the low level which indicates that even an individual with a mustard level of faith could definitely expect a miracle. Is faith, our spiritual hands simply accepting what is offered. Is faith a possession, a decision, an action of believing? Is faith greatest when you are least aware of it when you act like a trusting child? Yes, faith is letting God pick you up and carry you like a trusting child. Faith is leaving things to God, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.

While the raging storm swept the sea and threatened the safe journey of the disciples to the other side of the lake, Jesus was asleep in the hinder part of the boat. He wasn’t bothered by the storm. And while the lions roamed about in the den, Daniel lay down and slept in the face of danger in perfect peace and calm assurance. Why? Because Jesus and Daniel each possessed great faith.

Faith is a huge and wide spiritual concept. There is faith or saving faith, which is also a gift. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Or the faith mentioned in the cluster above is of the nine gifts of the Spirit. Faith is also a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit whereby, one is empowered with special faith for a situation. Faith, therefore, a full and unreserved confidence in God, in His love for me, and in His power to help and assist us.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the connecting power into the spiritual realm, which links us with God and makes Him become a tangible reality to the sense perceptions of a person. Faith is the basic ingredient to begin a relationship with God.

Faith is also but far more than believing in healing. Faith, belief, trust, and loyalty to a person or thing. Finding our security and hope in God as revealed in Jesus. There is an expression of persistence, a simple hope, or a waiting for. Another term for faith stresses on firmness and stability emphasizing the varied activities of God and our responses to him. Faith is a spiritual attitude involving activity. Faith is intimately linked to the covenant between God and his people. The meaning of faith in the NT is then both a reflection of its God’s continuity with His conventual promises. Faith, primarily confident trust based on God’s promise as understood through the relationship to Him. The results of faith are seen in the radical changes that people experience when they place their trust in Jesus. The Gospels make the faith response explicit in particular miracles.
Jesus asserts, in a discussion with skeptical disciples, that power is available to all who have faith, and that prayer is one means for expressing this faith. This paradoxical power of faith is seen not only in its “mountain-mover” quality, which is a kind of participation in God’s creative activity, but also in its comparison with a minute grain of mustard seed. To place one’s trust in Jesus is to open the door for a radical change in the meaning of life itself.

Faith is linked to baptism, confession, forgiveness, grace, healing, the Holy Spirit justification, purification, and sanctification. Faith is also portrayed as something one can be full of, turned from, remain true to, and be strengthened in. Basic to all of these ideas is the understanding that the act of believing is also a commitment to a community of worship the meeting of the needs of others and the sharing of this faith with all as Jesus told them.

The effect of faith can be generalized under the picture of a new creation, sonship, unity, love, hope, deliverance, healing, steadfastness, victory, being faithful, trustworthiness
fidelity, our side of the union with Christ, overcoming, movement from darkness to light, from death to life and living in a love that reciprocates the love of the Father.

Wishing you faith this week!

Philemon

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