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TANGIBLE FAITH~ Results From A Commitment to Truth*

Recently, the subject of “faith” has peaked my interest. It seems the older ‘Word Generation’ of which I am a member has complicated “faith” to the degree that those of the newer generation need to ask, “What is faith?” The Word Movement went through the church bringing much illumination to the Body. However, some bad came from it as well by not keeping a balance between faith in the written Word and faith in “the author and finisher” of it.  The balance calls for applying the great equalizer which is the love of God and love for Him.  It is the understanding of that love which motives us to move in ‘The Faith’. I have heard from reliable sources (plural) that Kenneth E. Hagin, the great leader of the “Faith Movement”, brought together his proteges before he left this world to get some perspective back among the believers. Some followed his advice, some did not.

Not long ago, I received a phone call from a young man wanting to know about “tangible faith”.  That call is what originally put me on the trail to revisiting ‘faith’. Seems that the young man vaguely remembered our previous pastor once refer to it, but he couldn’t quite pinpoint what the “tangible faith” teaching was all about.  Well, neither did I!  After our conversation, I began to ponder what we had discussed; he had had definite ideas about what it is not.  My pondering has resulted in a 2500+ word document which at this point is still not complete in study. I have , however, come up with a definition:

  Tangible faith is the end result of our actions towards the “unseen” promises of God.

Allow me to share, here, what was the introduction to my “Tangible Faith” document, but now is chapter one of eight possible chapters!

FAITH’S DEFINITION~ EVIDENCE OF COMMITMENT (chapter 1)

It is our faith that connects us to God and His kingdom’s business.  Without it, we cannot have a personal relationship with Him. Without it, we are disconnected to His Kingdom and any revelation knowledge of how it works. Without it, we will never obtain His promises.

The NKJV translates the writer of Hebrews’ definition of ‘faith’ this way: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” [Heb.11:1]   The New Living Translation makes it a little clearer to the 21st Century Christian: “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” An even clearer defining statement which I find enlightening can be found in The Hayford Bible Handbook; it defines ‘faith’ as “a belief or confident attitude toward God, involving commitment for one’s life.”

With all that said and hopefully elementarily understood, let’s add ‘tangible’ to the equation. Using the words, ‘tangible’ and ‘faith’, together seem to create an oxymoron in our minds. So, what is ‘tangible faith’? Even though faith being “a belief or attitude” can’t actually be tangible in the sense of being physically touched, Faith IS, after all, “EVIDENCE” of those things not seen and yet “hoped for”. Tangible faith is the end result of our actions towards the “unseen” promises of God. ….

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)

It is my hope to find the words to help put into perspective once again what will simplify ‘faith’ for my children and my children’s children. One way I plan to do this is read what the earlier writers had to say about ‘The Faith’ in their classic writings. I encourage you to do the same. Jude, Jesus’ half-brother, wrote his letter to The Church warning them about the dangers of apostasy. Apostasy will be a direct effect of heresy in the latter days. Heresy will come. Apostasy will happen among believers. The question is will YOUR descendants be among those who lose their faith? Or will YOU have done your part to keep ‘faith’ strong by learning what it is and how it works in order to pass it on to the next generation?

On a day back in 2010, I had just sit down in my corner to pray, proceeding to give The LORD the list of those whom I wanted to present to Him….as I said, “and my grandchildren”, The Holy Spirit took hold! The following Word of Encouragement (WOE) from Holy Spirit is a result of that prayer:

WOE (10-0813):
“Even now speak Truth
to your children’s children.
Speak My Words to them.
Do they have understanding?
No matter; I will perform My Word.
But it’s up to you to train them
so I can call them back
when they go astray.
Don’t concern yourself with hurts;
hurts will come. I am aware.
I made you and them.
I am The Creator,
but I am also The Healer.
I will put salve on the hurts
and the pain is no more.

So, continue to tell the children
of the ancestors who knew me.
You have the ‘Old’ cheering you on;
they have the ‘Old’ cheering 
them on.
Teach them.
Pour 
My goodness into them
at every opportunity.

Then when they are older,
I will whisper their name;

they will know Me
because you told them Who I Am.

No matter how far they travel,
they will hear me call their name.

Even though I whisper,
they will get still and they will hear.

Even then, they will feel the gentle breeze 
and they will know.

They will know
it’s the God of their parents
opening His arms to them.

How did you know Me?
Because you believed your parent.
They knew Me and they told you of Me.
So it is with yours’.

So fill the young vessels with Truth,
and they will know Me!”

~ ♥ ~

The Fear-of-GOD builds up confidence,
and makes a world safe
for your children.
Pro. 14:26, MSG

~ ♥ ~

*[This blog post was formerly entitled: ” Commitment to Speaking Truth to Our Children”]
NOTE:
 Another WOE that may encourage you about training and preparing your children and children’s children is entitled, “A,E,I,O,U ~A Word of Exhortation for Children“; it can be read in my Facebook ‘Notes’ by clicking on the embedded link. Read and be blessed!

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5 thoughts on “TANGIBLE FAITH~ Results From A Commitment to Truth*

  1. The Greek word translated substance literally means “a standing under” and was used in the technical sense of “title deed” . The riot idea is that of standing under the claim to the property to support its validity. Thus, faith is the title deed of things hoped for. Assurance rests on God’s promises.

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