Welcome to the Greene Street Letters. It has become my venue for sharing what is going on at Vineyard Recovery Church. Don't let the word Church scare you. The Greene Street Letters is a daily posting to simply say that there is more to life than what you see. More to life than "stuff". My simple take of 60+ years of following Jesus. Some days were good days...some days I managed to get off in the ditch. He is worthy of the pursuit, so that is what I do........I pursue Jesus in everything I do. Not the Jesus of the church. Not the Jesus of the denomination. Nothing wrong with those things, but Jesus is so much more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you return from time to time to stop and ponder your own relationship with Jesus. God on you....mb
Friday, September 30, 2016
Spiritual Glue....Spiritual Power
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
Faith....that invisible concept that everyone seems to struggle with.
That part of Christianity that binds us to God through Jesus.
That spiritual glue that keeps us from wandering as the Holy Spirit leads us.
Yet with all this ethereal talk and lofty religious ideas, faith is a real and tangible as the chair I am sitting in.
Faith is a gift given to us by God. In fact, faith is given to everyone person before they come to a saving knowledge of Christ. How else could one be saved if they did not have faith. Faith is a fact, not a theory. Faith is the understanding....the knowing that God is truly who He claims He is, coupled with the fact that God will do what He has promised He would do. Such an anchor will keep you from being tossed about by life's storms.
Faith is the difference between working a program of recovery....
And simple making your way through some steps that you hope will keep you sober.
Faith is the very thing that turns those words to the steps, into life.
Faith binds you to the very one....the Ultimate Higher Power .....that can lift you out of the darkness and pain of your addiction, into the light of a new life.
Faith is the place we have been called by God to live in.
II Corinthians 5:7- for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]
Did you catch that? We walk out (move through out daily lives) in a manner that is consistent with our confident belief in God's promises.
We don't use our emotions or feelings to guide us.
We don't use what society or culture tells us is the "right" thing to do.
We are learning to live by the economy of heaven....faith.
I like the last part of Hebrews 11:1 as the amplified put it....
Faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
This is the reality of how the Twelve Steps work...
Faith in God the Father....
Faith in Jesus the Son...
And Faith in the Holy Spirit....
THIS is why I turn will and life over to His care.
And I do so in faith.
God on you....