“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”
For a lot of people, their first introduction to faith was as a tool to ‘get that job’, ‘claim that house’, ‘receive that spouse’ etc.
As a result of these teachings, many see faith simply as positive thinking.
There is nothing wrong with believing God for things, but the scope of faith is much wider than that.
In Matthew 16:21-23, Jesus was telling his disciples about how he would die and rise up again on the third day.
But Peter would have none of that ‘negative stuff’ and rebuked Jesus for it. Can you imagine someone rebuking Jesus?
See Jesus’ reply:
“Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
This proves that the idea of faith simply as ‘positive thinking’ is not always consistent. A carnal man would consider Jesus as being negative here, and Peter as being positive.
But one who is mindful of the things of God gauges faith as it accords with God’s will. Faith may not always make sense to the carnal mind.
The Bible reminds us of this in 1 Corinthians 1:18: “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
The same writer to the Church at Corinth writes to the church at Phillipi and communicates the same idea.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Sometimes faith might seem positive, some other times, like in Jesus’ case (and even Paul’s) it might require great sacrifice according to the counsel of God.
It is not faith if it is not in line with God’s will.
vSAY THIS: My faith isn’t based on what is convenient or positive to the carnal mind, it is based on the will of God.