Faith is not knowledge!

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Faith is not the human act of merely consenting to theological knowldge but it is the divine act of submitting both our Intellect and Will to God's revelation. If the Intellect alone is employed, knowledge remains simply as true and good life-giving information. It does not transform our life nor does it give life. Faith without action is dead. Jam 2:26 Will is the faculty of the soul which seeks to love that which is known. And 'loving' is not simply liking the information but the act of becoming what we have come to know. In other words loving is to freely act upon the information in such a way that knowledge becomes a living experience. If I come to know that in order to sustain my life I must drink water and if I do not act on this information and drink water, this knowledge does not do me any good.  In order for my faith to be active and alive, my Will has to be in harmony with the Intellect. It also means both my Intellect and Will should be surrendered to God. The di

Money doubling machine

Looking at the abundance in my life  (not in terms of financial surplus) people assume that I have lot of money. Some tend to misunderstand when I tell them that I don’t have money to spare, more so when they approach me for a share of the tithe or to borrow some in dire need.

To those who listen, I tell them; God has been providing for me because I’m mindful, in little ways, of His Kingdom and His righteousness. House, car, office, and children’s schooling, all these came, noticeably in the absence of sufficient bank balance to look forward to.

At the same time, I know I should be mindful of the kingdom not in order that I may have my material needs met. But because I seek something much above what material things can offer (true joy and self actualization in my Creator) these needs of mine become God's business to look after. 

How wretched I’m if I give tithe in order to feel justified or to receive the double and triple portions God promised to those who give. Tithing would then be like a gambling machine, which is sure to double our money. Notice here how the focus could shift from the Giver to the machine. In another words from God to money.

Let my criterion to be generous be "joy in the Lord" and when to give has nothing to do with the flow of funds. When we give much we get much more not because "the act of giving" has the money doubling capacity instead there is a Giver who loves us so dearly. 

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  1. Your posts are beginning to be my sole conscience-keeper. ;-) You're doing a good job of probing. I know you are speaking aloud here. But keep talking..you just maybe helping a lot of souls like me. Like the psalmist says, Inspect my thoughts O Lord, and lead me in the ancient paths, the ways that are crooked.

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  2. Very good insight.
    How true it is, some times we forget :)
    Joy is giving is the bottom line rather than giving and grumbling :)

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  3. Chakopi, ente pranamam, you truly are blessed.

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