Lean Not on Our Own Understanding!

1947785_438162936287494_464308161565628042_nJust yesterday I had this person on my friends list comment on a picture I posted about God’s NOT Dead. I’m not sure exactly if he is a person of faith, agnostic or an atheist. But the question he presented me with was “I change my mind when presented with new evidence. How about YOU?” He posted an article about this and I have to say that it was way over my head which of course I didn’t understand or grasp what so ever. But I can totally grasp my faith in God.

Now, I’m the kind of person that can change my mind on a lot of things depending on what it is about. There are countless things that we don’t know or understand. Everyday is a new lesson presented to us.

There is always going to be a way to look at things from a different view. I’m the kind of person that likes to learn and sometimes my curiosity has gotten me into a whole boat load of trouble. But I still learned from those experiences. I am also the kind of person who wants to be right all the time. I don’t know anyone who would want to be wrong all the time.

When presented with information and someone can back up what and why they feel a certain way, then I have been known to change my mind. Although there is one thing that will never change. And that is my faith in God. Through my own life experiences I know without a doubt that God exists. Now if I didn’t have my personal experiences and a heart that is set on God, then yeah, I would be able to have my mind changed.

I do think it is interesting to learn about other faiths and about life in general. Like I said earlier, we are learning everyday. How can I better understand those around me if I’m not willing to learn more? I can’t! But at the same time, I feel that I need to make sure that my faith is strong enough for those times I encounter those who beleive in a God or no God at all. How can I know what and why I believe if I’m not grounded in my faith?

religion-vs-faithFaith is different than religion. I’m pretty sure we are all religious about something. One of the things I’m religious about is turning my computer on to watch Once Upon a Time on Sunday evenings. Many are religious about going to church each Sunday. But going to church isn’t going to save the person.

When looking online for the meaning of faith and religion I came across this and it was a simple way to put it. Faith is all the elements that we touch God with, in our minds or through circumstances. It is mainly GOD communicating to us. Religion is all the things mankind attaches to that communication; buildings, leaders, statues, and rules of worship. For those who want the technical term and meanings, I included those below.

Meaning of Religion:

The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers.”

Meaning of Faith:

Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting solely and implicitly on his authority and veracity; reliance on testimony. 2. The assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters; firm and earnest belief, on probable evidence of any kind, especially in regard to important moral truth. Faith, that is, fidelity, — the fealty of the finite will and understanding to the reason.

There are many religions out there and I do believe that you need to have faith of some sort when it comes to joining and participating in church activities, missions and so on.

There is a huge difference between the person who believes in their heart and participates in an activity, and the person who does not believe and just goes along as if it is a social hour or they want to fit in. If you take away all the man made baggage of religion you are left with faith

trust[Pr 3:5-6]: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths.;

We aren’t to lean on our own understanding. When I read this I am taking God at His Word. And if we aren’t, then we are leaning on our own understanding. Which I have had way too many experiences where the way I see things can be distorted in many ways. But because of my faith, I know without a doubt that I can trust and believe that God will be there, even when I don’t get it. Which is quite often.

Notice: lean not on your own understanding. But without an understanding through a study and acceptance of what God has said in His Word, we are only left with our own understanding.

There is one last thing I want to add. I seen this posted on Mandisa’s Facebook page and thought it was profound on how her post flowed so well with my topic. If you don’t know Mandisa or her music, she use to be on Idol and has won awards and I love her music so much and the words always seem to be something I need to hear.

When we walk by faith—not by sight—we are #Overcomers. When we believe what our Heavenly Father says about us, what Jesus says we can do, and what the Holy Spirit Himself will do through us, we are #Overcomers. We don’t have to rely on our strength alone. Our mighty Deliverer fights our battles. Our job is to stay close to Him and let Him do what only He can! Overcomer Music Video

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