A Special Message About Love And Trust
Does this sound familiar? All you have to do is XYZ and you will be
ABCíd. How many times have you heard this? In the faith, we build
houses around the XYZ. We build churches, denominations, and communities
around the XYZ.
First, your Christian faith should not based upon what you do, others
do, or on what God does or does not do. Your faith should be based only
upon the love for Christ you hold in your heart. Second, you live in a
flawed world where evil and darkness are more prevalent than goodness
and light. To come to grips with the power or influence of evil and to
maintain your faith you have to use wisdom to keep your love for Christ
protected. In other words, you have to be smarter and more resolved than
Telling Ourselves The Truth
The mistakes you make can be used. These mistakes can only be used if
you use them to press on with Christís agenda in your life and the
lives of others. To tell yourself you do not make mistakes is to tell
yourself a lie. A lie told to yourself is just as sinful as a lie told
to someone else or told to God. A lie told to yourself usually ends up
producing the same dark consequences as a lie told to someone else.
Restoring Your Faith
Sometimes finding God or restoring your faith is like trying to catch
the wind in a plastic milk jug. You can hold the jug out with the lid
end pointed into the wind but you are not going to catch anything. To
catch the wind you would first have to empty out any milk that was in
the jug. Then you would have to empty out the air that was in the jug,
which then would create a vacuum. By this time, the vacuum has turned
the jug into a shriveled up piece of plastic. If you had a way of
snapping the jug back into its original shape, then you would suck the
wind into the jug. Now you have a another problem of keeping the wind in
the jug because the extra pressure that exists in the jug because of the
wind force is going to go away without some kind of pressure valve. In
the same way, to find God or to restore your faith requires you to find
His love. To find His love you must be willing to empty everything that
is within you, to be momentarily shriveled up (a scary thing), to be
willing to be snapped back into place by His divine love, and finally to
put into place a valve in your heart so His love will not drain out of
you. You are then filled with His love, care, grace, and compassion from
the in-filling of the Holy Spirit. Nothing in life is easy, is it?
Who Does What
If you buy a gallon of milk, put it in the refrigerator for 6 months,
and never use the milk, then the wise thing to do would be to never
drink any of the milk and throw it away after six months. You could pray
to God to keep the milk fresh but do you think He would do this? You
could pray to God to keep the milk fresh but you could also pour the
milk out after 10 days and buy a new gallon. Do you think God will do
for you what you can do yourself?
No Strings Or Chains Attached
It is critical for all of you to understand that God comes with no
strings attached. Your can believe in Him or not believe. You can obey
Him or not obey Him. You can love Him or reject Him. You are not born
with a chain to God with the chain connected to your mind and heart.
Again, there are no chains or strings attached to God. None. Zero. Nadda. Unfortunately, millions of persons are in a spiritual prison made
up of strings or chains of darkness that are man-made ideas about God,
humans, and the relationship between God and you. Because there are no
chains between God and you, you canít jerk His chain, and He doesn't
jerk yours. He may speak to you, but it is your choice and spiritual
willingness to listen to Him that enables you to hear Him. Not everyone
wants to accept this idea of no chain between themselves and God because
they fear they cannot control themselves or their life. Many people want
a God who snaps to attention at every prayer. Many people want to hear
that all you have to do is send a message to God and He will always do
your bidding. However, these ideas of God doing your bidding is a dark
distortion of what your relationship to God should be. God is not there
for you to do your bidding, you are here to do His bidding. It is only
when you are contrite, humble, and meek with God that you can have a
real and live relationship with Him. When you deeply love Christ, His
love changes your heart without His having to control you or jerk you
around. A relationship with God where there are chains is a sick
relationship. Your faith should not be based upon what God will do or
not do...the foundation of your faith should be solely and entirely
based upon your contrite and humble love for Him. Nothing in the
Christian life counts unless your heart is full of love for Him.
Interpretations of the gospel based upon what you must do, should do,
and upon what God will do when you do, are chain-based. God never, ever
intends for His children to be put in chains. God wants everyone to be
set free from the chains of darkness. It is only when you are set free
and are freely able to choose right from wrong, light from darkness, and
good from evil that God is glorified. You must not come to Christ and/or
live a Christian life because you are forced to do so. You must come to
Christ because you freely choose to turn away from your past hurts, past
scars, past sins, and because you freely choose to kneel at the Cross of
Calvary, freely choose to accept Him into your heart, and freely choose
to love Him.
Unfortunately, when you have a faith based upon chains, the darkness
comes in and starts pulling you in directions where you should not go,
keeps you in spiritual or emotional prison, and the darkness destroys
everything the chains touch. There is no joy, freedom, rejoicing,
exhilaration, bliss, happiness, peace, contentment, or righteousness
when you or anyone else is imprisoned by these chains of darkness.
People caught up in a chain-based faith constantly set up conditions
or hold expectations for God to act. Not only do they set up conditions
or hold expectations for God to act, they also feel betrayed when God
does not act. You must realize that God does not answer every prayer the
way you want it answered especially if you are trying to jerk His chain
with your prayer. You must also keep in mind that Satan loves to
victimize and abuse you by getting you to want and believe in a God who
is your servant. God is not your servant, you are supposed to be His
servant. Satan loves to see you put God to the test by your holding
expectations up to God because Satan can, does, and will attack you or
your loved ones when you set up these conditions.
Unconditional Love For Him
Your faith based entirely on your love for Christ has to be
unconditional. You must love and trust God not for what you want, not
for what you need, not for what you desire but purely for who Christ is
and what He has done for you. You must love and trust God not for what
He will do for you, not for the prayers you pray, not even for the kind
of person you are, or the things you do but purely for who Christ is and
what He has done for you. Your faith must never be connected to what God
will do for you or what you think He will do for you. When your faith in
God is based upon what you expect Him to do, you are headed for trouble
and a devastating loss of your faith, loss of your health, loss of your
relationships, and loss of your family. Your faith must be based upon
your love for Christ and this faith must be self-contained in a vertical
relationship with God, with no strings or chains attached. I pray for
the protection of my wife and son every day. This does not mean they
will be protected. It is because they are vulnerable and could be hurt
or attacked that I do pray. If they were not vulnerable and did need
protection I would not need to pray. When you pray for someoneís
protection, you recognize they are vulnerable to some kind of attack. If
something bad happened to them, the bad thing would be a consequence of
the action of Satan, not the action of God.
You could hold God accountable for all things, both good and bad.
Chain-based faith usually does this. Chain-based faith, just by
implication, says that when bad things happen that God did not protect
because of your lack of faith or your inability to pull hard enough on
Godís chain to make God jump to your aid.
Chain-based faith keeps you from going out on a limb because this
kind of dark faith keeps you insecure and ignorant about the primary
focus of your life which should be the love of God in your heart. When
you climb a tree, you need faith. Some limbs are OK to climb on, other
limbs are not. Most of us do not climb enough trees to identify limbs in
the borderline category. You would avoid a small weak limb because your
common sense and experience says not to use that limb. However, a
regular tree climber, someone like a tree trimmer who is around trees
all the time is going to know, for sure, which limbs are OK and which
limbs are not OK to put his weight on. The rest of us are going to climb
our tree in ignorance and the some of us will fall and get hurt because
of our ignorance. In the same way, your climb in the tree of life
requires you to be wise about what is borderline in the Christian walk
and what is not.
You must recognize you have little faith. You may want faith, you may
even beg for it, but you still have little of it. We wouldnít think we
have little faith the way some people act and talk, but the truth is we
have faith a whole lot smaller than a mustard seed. However, the amount
of faith you have is not the number one priority unless you want to use
your faith to use God. It is not the amount of faith you have, it is the
amount of love you have for Christ that counts. Besides, faith is not
possible without love. When you truly love another person then you have
faith and trust in them. You may have faith and trust in someone but
still not love them. Chain-based faith, unfortunately, turns this
relationship around. Chain-based faith says (directly or by implication)
that your faith and trust in God will produce the love. In chain-based
faith, trust is more important than love. This is why so many churches
that are chain-based must produce stories of miracles, works, healings,
visible signs, and dramatic testimonies. Without these visible
manifestations there is no reason to trust, believe, or have faith in
God. With a truly humble and contrite love in your heart for Christ, you
donít need any kind of visible manifestation to keep your faith
because the love in your heart produces the faith automatically.
See if the thinking behind these statements is familiar.
You can expect God to take care of things you cannot take care of.
You can expect God to give you money when you are poor.
You can expect God to heal you when you are sick.
You can expect God to repair your appliances when they break.
You can expect God to make it rain so there will never be a drought.
You can expect God to stop the rain so there will never be a flood.
You can expect God to make coke, crack, and heroin disappear so there
will be no more addiction.
You can expect God to make all the booze non-alcoholic so there will be
no more alcoholism.
You can expect God to change the hearts of criminals so there will be no
You can expect God to do many things. However, when you have
a chain-based faith, there is a problem here. The problem is not what
you expect God to do. The problem is whether your faith in Him
depends on whether He delivers. What will you do when God does not
deliver? Will you run away and hide? Will you pout, shout, whine, and
complain? Will you grieve and cry? Will you be devastated and lose your
faith? What will you do when God does not do for you what you expect Him
to do? When God does not live up to your expectations of Him, what will
Who Is Responsible?
The idea of God disappointing you should make you evaluate where you
are in your walk with God, not where God is in His walk with you. In
chain-based faith, you are most often ready to point a finger of blame
at God. Chain-based faith also produces another dangerous darkness
related to your being personally responsible. If you can put all the
responsibility for all outcomes on God, as chain-based faith tries to
get you to do, then you donít have to be responsible. If you depend
upon God to take care of things then according to chain-based faith, you
do not have to worry about things. If you do worry about things then
according to chain-based ideas, all you have to do is pray, depend on
God, and not take any actions or precautions.
Chain-based vs. Love-based Faith
When faith becomes conditional, as chain-based faith is, then you
eventually end up using God as an instrument for your benefit, instead
of your being an instrument for His benefit as you would be if your
faith is based in love. In chain-based faith, you so often go to God
with your hand out, trusting Him to fill your needs. What you should be
doing is going to God with your hand full of an offering to Him because
the love in your heart speaks to you and tells you to serve Him instead
of expecting Him to serve you. A living faith depends upon how honest,
contrite, and humble you are in love for Christ. Your faith should never
depend on whether God delivers. When you go to God in honest humility,
with no expectation of what He can or will do for you, then miraculous
things happen in your heart and life.
Faith From Love
In faith based upon love, your faith depends upon whether you love
Him not upon your getting love from Him. When you love Christ, fully and
totally, then you are able to go to God with a heart that accepts total
responsibility for every part of your life. When you are humble and
contrite in His sight and you love Him then you are willing to take
responsibility for every thing you have ever done (good, bad,
indifferent, mistakes, failures, sins, you name it). When you take this
responsibility for your life and you surrender all you have been and are
to Him, your past hurts, heartaches, and scars are turned into
foundation stones for your future. Even the worst hurts, scars,
mistakes, faults, and sins are wiped away by His blood. These dark blots
are turned into sign posts and libraries of wisdom for your future and
the future of those you love and cherish.
The Essence Of Faith
When you hold a belief in God thinking that God will do for you, then
you do not understand the essence of faith. The essence of faith is the
love you hold in your heart for your risen Savior. When you love Him and
trust Him you never want to use Him. When you love Him, you are willing
to accept Godís will. Jesus did not want to go to the Cross but
because Jesus was love, Jesus was willing to do as His Father willed.
However, some believers in chain-based faith will take this willingness
of Jesus to suffer for you and twist it into making people compliant,
subdued, and submissive which can lead to abuse, molestation, and
victimization. The only reason Jesus did not call down the armies of
angels from Heaven to protect Him from being crucified is because of
what His Father in Heaven wanted from Him. In your personal life, when
you or the ones you love are under attack by Satan and the darkness, you
are not supposed to be a peace-loving victim. In these instances, you
are not to let the darkness win, you are to fight back so Christ wins.
In Love-based Faith
In love-based faith, you bow down before Christ on the Cross in your
grief, with your broken heart and life, thanking Him beyond words, for
His suffering just for you. In love-based faith, you would not ask Him
to do for you if you were there on the day He died. In love-based faith,
you would not hold out expectations of Him to act on your behalf on that
dark day. The essence of faith is love for Him. In love, you do not ask
Him to do for you, instead, you ask Him to help you do for Him.
It is only those who are caught up in the darkness of chains who
would ask or imply the following questions.
If you canít depend upon God to do for you, then who can you depend
If you canít depend upon God, then what good is He?
If God is going to disappoint you then why bother believing in Him or
To Serve or To Depend
You do not need to "depend" upon God if you are continually
serving Him. He is the Master, you are to be His servant. He is the
Shepherd, you are to be His sheep. He is the leader, you are to be His
follower. In love-based faith, you do not need to be in a dependent
relationship with Him because your love for Him gives you the power to
be responsible, strong, and courageous. Chain-based faith makes you push
away your responsibilities, it makes you weak, and it disables you in
the face of fear and anxiety.
Love Never Questions
In love-based faith, a heart that overflows with unconditional love
is a heart that never questions, never doubts, never becomes
disappointed. Your love for Christ must be as unconditional towards Him,
just as His love is unconditional towards you.
Faith and Trust Follow Love
Faith and trust come after love, not before it. Love must always come
first, and when love comes first, then faith and trust happen. Faith and
trust come after love like the spring flowers come after the rain and
warm weather. All winter the seeds and bulbs lay dormant in the ground.
When warm weather and rain come then the miracle of Godís hand taps
the bulbs and seeds and wakes them up.
When you let His love into your heart, His hand taps you on the
shoulder, you wake up, and healing happens.
Do you truly love Him?
In His Love and Grace,
1 Corinthians 13: 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all
knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not
love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender
my body to the flames,B but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is
patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not
proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always
hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are
prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be
stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For you know in
part and you prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the
imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I
thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I
put childish ways behind me. 12 Now you see but a poor reflection as in
a mirror; then you shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I
shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three
remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.