Faith in God causes us to have courage to step out and try things. Hope in God’s promises cause us to step out and believe that this time will be different to last time.
You’ve read Hebrews 11? Some say it’s the “faith chapter”. No, it’s the DOING chapter. The first book of the NT after Jesus is called “faith” is it? Ummm no… it’s called “The book of ACTS of the Apostles”.
Because of faith Abraham DID SOMETHING.
Because of faith Moses DID SOMETHING.
and so on…
Because of your faith in God, are you DOING SOMETHING? Faith without works is lifeless. The bible says so.
Healing is the same. You can believe all you like, but healing is something that we DO in partnership with God. You can have all the hope in the world, but until you take action to grow, you will remain immature.
Healing comes by giving and receiving love. Initially we may struggle to do this, but it becomes easier as we learn HOW to give and receive and we learn HOW to see other people’s boundaries and their preferences.
It is not possible to become emotionally whole unless we are in relationships with the people around us. But as we give love and receive love – or as we learn to… then we can grow, heal, evolve and heal and become whole.
We also can’t come to wholeness if we refuse to be an adult and grow up, take ownership of what happened to us and mature. What happened was not good, but ignoring it won’t heal it and won’t make it go away.
For the longest time I ignored what happened. I wished it away. I believed that believing in God would make it all go away. Years went by and I remained emotionally immature. I got together with emotionally immature partners. Together we struggled through.
Eventually I had to say – this is MY life. It’s not God’s life. It’s not someone else’s life. It’s MY life. Ok, I have been given bad things and I have deep scars and wounds… but this is MY life and I have to heal. No human will heal me, but I can ask God to help me and I can ask Him to send the money for counselors.
*I* have been given this this life to live. This is my situation. So I FINALLY began my long long journey into adulthood.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. – 1 Cor 13:11
A friend of mine from years ago was once about to commit suicide. He was so sad that he felt that he couldn’t live any more. He was literally about to jump. God said to him “go live your life!”. So he didn’t jump and he went and lived his life to the full.
How full is full? Well, that depends on you and your ideas and your energy levels etc.
The thing we fail to teach young Christians is the reality that the world will take you for a ride and leave you in debt and penniless. Governments around the world care less and less for their people and more and more for businesses and tax revenue.
But God has plans for you. He wants you to live an abundant life. He wants you to eat at a feast in the presence of your enemies. A feast! He wants you to have kids, have a house, plant a garden – even if you’re in exile in Babylon! He wants you to love and be loved. He wants you to share your extra clothing and extra money. He wants to bless you so you will be a blessing.
What happened to you has made you fallen. It might be hard to accept that God wants this for you. But that was your old life, now it’s time for the new man, the new creation, the new life, the Kingdom of Light (not darkness).
Only getting up and growing and learning to be an adult can result in you growing and becoming whole. Using “faith” is just an excuse for staying immature and it puts all your relationships at risk.
Just like faith without action won’t result in healing, hoping for healing without action won’t result in healing either. Only growing up and learning about adulthood will result in us becoming adults.
No wonder God goes on and on about the vital importance of loving one another! It’s through loving Cho that we could have stopped the massacre at Virginia Tech.