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

When whip and thorns show up again!

Rough edges are there to smoothen me
Pointed ones to poke me deep
They exist in my life to remind me
Of the distance I must tread to be good

Don't I know I'm Gods work in progress
Becoming the maker more or less
These are tools my maker uses
To chip off parts not in his plan

Holy will I be if I permit and not resist
Redeemed be my heart bit by bit
Purifying me in the furnace of love
Untill He sees his face shine in mine

Thank you Lord for the many gifts given
That makes me sad but makes me wise
They purge my still ungodly side
To abide totally as branch in the vine

Pain and suffering are there to spare me
From the surging fires of purging pyre
Love cannot hate so I'm never alone
Always by me is the shepherd so good

Your chastisement is a sweet medicine
That makes me chaste and cleanses sin
Never let me forget thy care and desire
When thy whip and thorns show up again

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