Yesterday, we explored sin and today we will explore faith. I do not take this lightly at all because it is the central part of what Christianity is all about. At our very core, we are believers. However, I do approach it from a child-like perspective because that is in fact what Jesus asked us to do.
By now you may have guessed that I am a HUGE Disney fan always have been, always will be. Don’t bother asking my favourite that answer will take several hours. However, if you ask me the Disney movie that I believe embodies the very essence of faith I will say, Cinderella.
In every culture of humanity, there is a version of a story or a fairytale like the Cinderella story. The concept of the story or a fairy tale was put in the heart of man by God to plant the seed of the concept of faith in the heart of a child. If a child can believe that Cinderella can go from being poor and maltreated to being a princess by the help of a fairy godmother, then the child can also believe that God can transform our sinful flesh (a slave to sin) into His righteousness (a Royal Priesthood) by the help of the Holy Spirit.
So while Disney’s Cinderella was an evolved concept from the more primitive folktale, it in itself is a concept that comes into fuller expression with Disney’s Frozen 1&2 and I am sure that as Disney continues to unfold its brand of “storytelling” there will be even more complex expressions.
So now I’ve given the conceptual background, let us explore the Scriptural definition:
What is faith?
‘Faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. This testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for.
Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created and beautifully coordinated by the power of God’s words! He spoke and the invisible realm gave birth to all that is seen.
And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him.’
Hebrews 11:1-3,6 (TPT)
There is no better way to describe faith than as is described by the Apostle Paul above.
However, for more understanding, I will add this definition:
Faith is believing that God exists and loves us so much that He gave us His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice and then His Holy Spirit as an eternal gift.
When we hear this message about the Love of God and His Grace, any honest and humble human heart can identify it as truth in our spirits, even if it disturbs us or goes against all we have known our entire lives or even beyond our comprehension or verbalisation, like Herod of old.
‘For Herod respected John; and knowing that he was a good and holy man, he protected him. Herod was greatly disturbed whenever he talked with John, but even so, he liked to listen to him.’ Mark 6:20 (NLT)
His issue was that he was just too afraid or self-conscious to make the jump in his spirit to being a believer. This is true of many of us today and why Jesus said that we have to become as little children to enter the Kingdom of God.
Just like we need to read, listen or watch the fairytale to bring the story to life in our hearts and minds, in order to develop our faith, we need to read, watch or listen to God’s word regularly to be able to bring the divine to life in our hearts and minds. What God’s word does to us is like switching on a light in a dark room to help us “see” as God sees.
The truth of Faith speaks to the core of the child in us who wanted to believe and embraced the fairytale. There are no real human fairytales; but, faith is the Divine FairyTale.
Faith is God’s story of redeeming love for all humanity. This Saturday, be as a child, and Just Believe!
Music to inspire Faith
I have always believed in the power of music to transcend words.
This Silent Saturday, I am going to leave you with a starting point of different albums based on my eclectic Christian musical preferences to paint a picture on your spirit of some of these truths, these are just an introduction to my favourites and those I’ve been introduced to by some of my mentors.
Try any genre that might float your metaphorical boat but remember this is just a curated list and is to be used as a starting point. Many of these artists have even more amazing songs and albums that are not listed and of course there are many more anointed artists not on this list.
PS If you are already a Religious Christian and want to know more about Christ-ianity, try a genre that is different to your usual.
The Donut Man
From the 90s
Winans Phase 2
From the noughties
From the 10s
The Music of Now
Compilation of Various:
70’s, 80’s & 90’s Praise & Worship
80’s and 90’s Gospel
00’s & 10’s Praise & Worship
00’s and 10’s Gospel
The Music of Now
Maverick City Music