A Return to Faith

Have you ever known who you are and yet not known yourself at the same time?

It’s a strange phenomenon to be sure and yet many of us walk around everyday found yet lost, struggling between knowing an identity and yet not knowing who we are in the faith.

We walk around having a sense of faith and yet we do not know what we are made of in the faith.

We walk around speaking of a truth and yet not living by or in God’s divine Truth.

It all sounds strange. Still, it is commonplace in many respects. Why is this so?

Likely, there are several answers to this question, depending on the person or the group you are speaking with. However, the bottom line is that the faithful, in many cases, may very well be faithless.

Is this a harsh criticism? No.

Is this a stark reality? Sadly, yes.

You may be asking how this could be the case. How could the faithful – the faith-filled disciples of Christ – be faithless? How could they know and yet not know, be found and yet lost, or struggle with their God-given identity? How could they walk around, functioning in fear, afraid to be uncomfortable or scared to go through challenges meant to show them what they are made of in the faith? How could they be aware of real Truth and yet sputter off untruths or truths of their own making?

The Bible addresses this issue head on within its inspired pages. More than once, it speaks of men and women who left their faith behind as they pursued other sources of satisfaction or who wavered so magnificently that God grew tired of their subpar offerings and ceremonies. In fact, Scripture tells repeatedly of many who left the way of faith altogether.

But God, ever the loving Father, is not desirous that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). The LORD wants all to come to repentance. He wants them to turn from their own way and return to His perfect way.

In the book of Joel, God sends a strong message to His wayward, fluctuating people. Despite the massive destruction and troubles, He urges His people to repent and to return to Him. They, like us, are to prepare themselves for a return to the faith and to the Holy God who is able to save and to restore.

What are some endeavors that might influence a return to faith?

(Scripture Reference: Joel 1:14, 2:12-13)

Prayer

Fasting

Repentance

Humility before God

3 Questions for YOU:

1) What would it take for those who are found yet lost to return to faith?

2) What would it take for faith-filled individuals to return to holiness?

3) What would it take for disciples of Christ, who are in search of the truth, to return to radical belief?

Challenge:

Define faith and describe what the life of a faithful Christian looks like.

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7 thoughts on “A Return to Faith

  1. WOW!! Such thought-provoking questions. Ok here I go!!

    1) What would it take for those who are found yet lost to return to faith? A realization that God loves unconditionally. The expectations and attachments that we have to our beliefs, systems, mindsets, etc are of NO consideration to Him. We only have to choose to return to faith and its done.

    2) What would it take for faith-filled individuals to return to holiness? I believe that “holiness” is who all authentically are, spirit , with a soul, living in a body. Faith-filled individuals are already holy they just may not be awaken to that truth. Until this truth is fully embraced and that all are only “wearing” an earth suit (flesh) we miss living as He designed us to do, to live the abundant life, a life of authenticity, a holy life.

    3) What would it take for disciples of Christ, who are in search of the truth, to return to radical belief? As we chisel away the prisons we have built for ourselves and have allowed others to place us in we must begin to pursue God with a feverent passion. To run after Him. To press into Him the more. To want more of Him just as a deer pantheth after water. The more we cultivate the relationship the more in love with Him we fall and the more radical we become in gathering others to experience that type of love. Simply…make a choice and do it.

    • Karen,

      You blew me away with your responses. In particular, I loved the simplicity of, “We only have to choose to return to faith and its done.” Isn’t that the wonderful thing about knowing Christ as our personal Savior? To know that He affords us an opportunity to turn to or rather back to the Father.

      I also loved when you said, “Faith-filled individuals are already holy they just may not be awaken to that truth.” What is left to be said after that?

      Finally, I greatly appreciated your comment, “As we chisel away the prisons we have built for ourselves and have allowed others to place us in we must begin to pursue God with a feverent passion. To run after Him. To press into Him the more.” This is what Living ALIVE is all about – the pursuit of God with a fervent and holy passion.

      Thank you for sharing these messages from your heart.

      Love you with the love of Christ!

  2. Thank you for the very thought-provoking post, Kim.

    My immediate answer to the last question is faith is blind.

    We cannot have faith through anything we naturally see because the reality is that majority of what we physically see around us contradicts God’s promises.

    Faith is also selfless.

    I believe this because excercising true faith often is at the sacrifice of our own comfort, needs, feelings, etc.

    I have more thoughts but I already feel what I’ve shared is disjointed so I’ll wait for more clarity and come back 🙂

    Love you!

    • Oh and I wanted to add that you have to know the faith-Giver and His word in order to have it. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the Word of God. You cannot have faith without knowing God.

      Also, returning to faith typically takes brokenness (at least it did in my case when I went through my prodigal season).

      Something that causes desperation so severe that human comfort, support, or presence cannot begin to address.

      Desperation that leads us straight to the source of faith Himself.

      Okay I’m done; for now! 😉

    • I love what you said about faith! You made three incredible points. You said that it is blind, it is selfless, and it is often at the sacrifice of our own comfort, needs, and feelings. WOW!

      Of course, I immediately reflected on Hebrews 11. I thought specifically about Abraham. He chose to blindly trust God, to give up all that he knew, and to sacrifice everything. He left all that was familiar, established, routine, etc. for the gain of more of the Almighty.

      Now that is a lesson on faith! Thanks.

      Love you so, sis. You bless me.

  3. It’s all God!!! He speaks and calls us to a Kingdom-mindedness and lifestyle. We’ll never be the same after a divine encounter with Him. Uh…He has spoken.

    Living Alive right there with ya!

    Love you, sweetie. Blessings and Grace

  4. Wooow Kim!! Ugh! You get me coming down everytime!! LOL! I wanted to tackle this on here, but I believe this challenge is going to take more time…and that’s ok too. I will say this, Faith is active and the only way God will give us what we need is if we’re active.

    Faith->Exercise Faith->Working because of your faith->God is PLEASED->God BLESSES YOU!!

    ❤ Karmen

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