Pervasive Positivity Perverted

Under what moon can we expect people who are holding their noses against what faith brings to increase in it?  

The moon of hasty devotions and unfinished studies.  

The following is a daily devotional belonging to the type that does no study but tries to tack on Jesus at the end. The title itself betrays the author’s plan to reverse the writer’s intention. Faith is not sight, just as surely as what we hope for is not ours. Faith works when sight is ineffective. It is a doubting and unbelieving crew that holds to videre est credere, seeing is believing.  My comments are in red.

Believing is Seeing

“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”

In this next paragraph the writer asserts that many people live far below God’s ideal, leaving us to as assume perhaps that he and others live above or in line with God’s ideal. Still there is no reference to the Saviour.  As is typical of people who have little relationship with the actual words of the Bible the devotional author sets sight on creation.   No-one ever got saved by believing that God reated the universe.

You were created by Almighty God to live a blessed and fulfilled life. But so many people live far below the level of what God truly intends for them simply because they don’t see how it could happen. The truth is that you have to believe before you’re ever going to see something take place in the natural. You have to look with your eyes of faith because the provision, healing and miracle that you need is already available in the supernatural realm.

Where does a person get eyes of faith?

You might say, “Well, I don’t know how to do that. I don’t know how to look with my eyes of faith.” The way you open your eyes of faith is by reading and meditating on the Word of God. His Word deposits strength and faith inside of you and illuminates your heart. His Word causes your faith to grow so you can believe His promises. And when you believe it, then you will see it because all things are possible for those who believe!

“Seeing in the natural” is irrelevant. Faith is the substance (the audio, video, tangible component of what we are hoping for).  Nothing has been said in this devotional about the great salvation or the resultant relationship, so this exhortation remains in the realm of the general.  The following paragraph therefore changes the scope by addressing the feeding of one’s faith.

Today, feed your faith by meditating on His Word. Declare His promises over your life. Keep moving forward with an attitude of expectancy knowing that He has victory in store for your future!

Faith that makes people well was not found anywhere in Israel, among the people who were surrounded with God’s written instructions.  It was the law of the land for thousands of years.   Under what moon can we expect people who are holding their noses against what faith brings to increase in it?

“Father, thank You for Your sweet and precious promises. I choose to open the eyes of my heart so that I can see and receive the good things You have for me. Help me to be a blessing to others and keep my mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

All of the “IN JESUS’ NAME” tacked on to the end of what we say or do does not make a thing happen, be attractive or true.