What does it mean to walk by faith, and not by sight? Walking by faith is not normal, it goes against what we are taught, and our basic human nature. God is a Spirit, and wants us to function, and think, in the spirit realm. Faith in God is the quality that allows us to function in that realm. Faith is trusting in a God that can not be seen, or perceived, with our five senses. Satan wants us to have strong faith, and actually most people do. God’s promises are full of positive faith. Satan’s promises are full of negative faith. Negative faith causes us to believe our senses, above and beyond the promises of God. Negative faith says impossible, positive faith say’s, Mathew 19:26 “… with God all things are possible.” negative faith say’s, “the doctor tells me I will have this condition forever, I will have to try and manage the pain.” Positive faith say’s 1 Peter 2: 24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Negative faith say’s, ” I’m to old for that, you guys go ahead without me.” Positive faith say’s, Isaiah 40:29-31, “29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Negative faith say’s, ” I will never find a good paying job in this economy.” Positive faith say’s, Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Satan wants us to have strong faith in a negative world. He wants us to believe everyone, and everything, is out to get us. God wants us to have strong faith, in his promises, to actually believe them, and declare them publicly. Lets have faith, and believe, for things of real value. Colossians 3:2 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” To have faith in God, means to have faith in his word. Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” What we can perceive with our five senses, is often a lie. Close your eyes and smell a freshly baked apple pie, open them, and prepare to eat a burning candle. Our senses can easily be fooled. Jesus said his followers were not of this world, and his word is truth. John 17:16-17. Lets have faith in the word of God, and not the lies of this world. Lets walk by faith and not by sight.
Luke 17:20-21 20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. What did Jesus mean when he said the kingdom of God is within you? Jesus is returning soon as the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, to establish his kingdom on Earth. But he wants all believers to be in his kingdom now, while we are in our physical bodies, before his return. Jesus also instructed us to pray, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth, as it is in heaven. God our father and Jesus his son, want us now, to live and function as though his kingdom were already established in this fallen world. Jesus has won the victory for those who have received him as their Lord and Savior. The bible states that Satan, is the god of this world. Those that are of this world, live in his kingdom. The kingdom of Satan is one of death, disease, war, famine, lies, envy, hate and so forth. The kingdom of God is one of love, joy, peace, good health, sharing, caring for others, lack of need, and all good gifts that come down from above. This is the kingdom we need to live in now, and the one we need to share with others. The kingdom of God is within us, when we believe the goodness of God, his unshakable love for us, and all his promises for us, as little children believe their earthly parents. The world will tell you it is foolishness to believe the Holy Bible literally, it will make you feel foolish to think all God’s promises are for you now, in this life. Don’t listen to them! Mathew 18:2-4 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said we need to humble ourselves as little children to enter into his kingdom. Jesus is not talking here about salvation. He is speaking of entering that kingdom that is within us, by being humble, not relying on our own efforts and abilities, but rather relying on him, and his promises and finished work. By entering God’s kingdom now, the unnatural becomes our nature, and the supernatural becomes possible. Jesus tried to teach his disciples to live now, in his kingdom. This is why he became frustrated with them, when they doubted their own abilities, and the power he had given them to use in his name. When his disciples pointed out the large number of people that had come to hear him, and how they would soon be hungry in this desert place, he told them, “they need not depart, give ye them to eat.” He knew they could do it, if they only believed. Jesus knew their is no hunger in his kingdom. Jesus told them, ” And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Mathew 10: 7-8. All these abilities are within us, because Jesus is in us. If we can enter into his kingdom now, nothing is impossible, that brings glory and honor to him, and the Father. Luke 10: 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. Jesus told his disciples that after healing the sick they were to tell those that had been healed, the kingdom of God had come near to them. The kingdom was within those disciples and they had brought it near to others. There is no sickness in God’s kingdom. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. It was becoming on Earth, as it always has been, and will be in heaven, when these disciples healed the sick. Satan wants us to remain in his kingdom. He wants us to believe his lies. He wants us to think that sickness and disease, selfishness, covetousness, boasting, ect, are all natural. He wants us to think we have no power in this life, to overcome these emotions, and defeat those things that are contrary to God’s good and perfect will. 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Paul tells Timothy in the end times, people would have all the traits and qualities of Satan’s kingdom, and they would deny the power and goodness of the Kingdom of God. Finally the kingdom of God is within us, because Jesus is in us. His power, and goodness, and holiness, and truth, are in us. We enter into that truth, when we stop listening to the lies of this world, and begin to study God’s word with a new freshness and belief, that what it has to say is real truth, on any matter. When we begin to search God’s word, as we would search for silver or gold, for all God’s goodness and love. When we search his word for every promise that is made to his children, and believe those promises as children, we will begin to know what Christ meant when he said, the kingdom of God is within us.
Is there a key to being happy? What would any of us give to live a life where we woke up everyday, happy, and at peace? Happiness is a symptom of the soul. Outward stimulus can make us happy for a short period of time. Proverbs 14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful;and the end of that mirth is heaviness. You see here, the bible states, sorrow and heaviness are the natural state of a man’s mind. So how can we overcome this dismal state of affairs the proverb speaks of? Philippians 2:4-5 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Jesus has a mind that is always happy and at peace, and he wants the same mind to be in us. Jesus did not look out for his own welfare, but rather for the welfare of others. True happiness comes from serving others, and not concentrating on ourselves. In this modern world we are led to believe, possessions and circumstances will bring us happiness. The end of this type of happiness quickly results in sorrow, and heaviness of heart. Serving others above and before ourselves is the first and most important key to happiness, and gives us a mind more like our Lord Jesus. I believe the second key is contentment. Being content with what we have is essential to a persons happiness, and peace. Luke 12:15 15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Possessions will never bring true happiness. But contentment will. 1 Timothy 6:7-9For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. Paul instructed Timothy to be content having food and clothing. It is the constant desire for things we do not have that brings sorrow, and a heavy heart. Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. It is easy to want something we do not have. Lately I have been wanting less rain, and a warmer spring. This causes uneasiness in my soul, when I look at the forecast and see another week of rain, and cool weather. Ephesians 5:19-20 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul wrote we should give thanks for all things. California is going thru a severe drought, and the people their would welcome this rain. If I am thankful for the rain, and thankful we do not have a drought, then I can learn to be happier with the weather we are having today. One time I drove to Dallas Texas, back in 1978. They were having a severe heat wave. Our car did not have air conditioning, I recall a bank time and temperature sign, that read 106 degrees at 6:30 pm. I would have given anything for a cool rainy day at that moment. Finally, when we truly do have a need, lets ask God for his help in the matter, trusting he always wants what’s best for us. Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. All things, in the end, are ours. Jesus has earned all things for us, and it is his good will to give them to us. Eternity, and the riches of the entire universe are ours, if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; 22 whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23 and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. When we come to a full realization, that all things truly are ours, what is there we really need, that God has not already provided for us through his son? And in the end even trials and tribulations are something to be thankful for. 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. Peter states we should rejoice even in the midst of a fiery trial. Lets be thankful for all things, content with what we have, and want for nothing, serving others, and we will begin to know true peace and happiness. James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Jesus said not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law until all is fulfilled. Exodus 20: 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work… We are not made righteous by keeping God’s commandments, but rather by faith in Jesus. Ephesians 2:7 that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 not of works, lest any man should boast. This does not mean God does not want us to keep his commandments, but it is not commandment keeping that saves us. I believe it is fine to set aside a day dedicated to God, and worshiping him. Does it matter what day of the week it is, or how diligently we avoid working on that day? Many Christian denominations would say yes to this question. They would argue that Saturday is God’s true sabbath day. More precisely, sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, is the time period that should be observed. Work during this time period should be avoided, and we should use this time to fellowship, and study God’s word. I think to not work at least one day a week is a good idea. We should also strive to spend time with God in prayer, and study, everyday. If it is a commandment of God though, shouldn’t we be diligent in observing it? I say, yes we should. We should be more diligent then the Pharisees were, in keeping this commandment! Mathew 5: 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Here Jesus said we must be more righteous then the Pharisees, when it comes to keeping God’s commandments. These are the same people Jesus rebuked for there ceremonial righteousness. Especially when it came to the sabbath. They condemned a man for carrying his bed on the sabbath, when Jesus healed him, and then instructed him to take up his bed and walk. They looked to kill Jesus, for healing on the sabbath, because this is what the law commanded. They had many rules and regulations concerning what could, and could not be done on this day. And this was all done in an effort to please God.
To properly observe the sabbath, is to rest on that day. We must be more diligent then the Pharisees, on resting on God’s holy sabbath. How can we do this? I believe it is done by resting in the sabbath that Jesus has given to us. Jesus has kept the law perfectly for us. He has done everything that is needed for our salvation. The children of God are made righteous by the blood of Jesus, not by how diligently we avoid work on a certain day of the week. The old covenant sabbath, looked forward to the new covenant sabbath. A sabbath where the children of God rest, and do not try and add by our own works, anything to the finished work of our Lord Jesus on the cross. Romans 4: 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. We are most blessed when we come to a full realization that we are loved, and forgiven, because of Jesus finished work. We must rest and be confident that Jesus, and him alone, is all we need for our salvation. Trying to add anything, through our own work, takes away from the glory that is rightfully Jesus, and his alone. We need to be more vigilant then ever, to keep the sabbath of God holy, and undefiled, by resting in Jesus, and not thinking we can work out our own salvation. Hebrews 4: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
How is a person born again? Is it the same as being saved? I typed in this question and found many answers, but few of them even mentioned the answer the Holy Bible gives. As a matter of fact, most seemed to avoid this answer all together. Jesus told Nicodemus, unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3: 1-8 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Jesus said a man must be born of water and the Spirit. Being born of water symbolizes giving our life to Jesus, and accepting him as our Lord and Savior. This is the first, and most important thing, any of us can do. People assume when we have done this, we are now also born of the Spirit, and therefore born again.We do receive God’s Spirit at this time, but there is more to it. Jesus had this to say about his word. John 6: 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. God’s word is spirit. It changes our life. By it we replace the spirit of the world and renew our minds. Romans 12: 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. I believed when I accepted Jesus into my life, I would be magically transformed into a new person. But I was disappointed. I tried to be different, but I did not see much change. I did not witness much good fruit, of this new way of life.
Mathew 13: The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 but other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Jesus gave the parable of the sower who sowed seed, and some seed produced fruit. He went on to explain the parable. The seed is the word of God, and the soil is a persons heart. He said those that received the word, and understood it, would bear fruit. To be born again, is to be born with a new mind and heart. Not the mind and heart of Adam, but the mind and heart of Christ. The Apostle Peter wrote of being born again. It is important to see what he had to say about it. 1 Peter 1: 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. Here Peter talks again about God’s word being a seed, and by it we are born again. Finally to be begotten of God, means to be born of God. James wrote this. James 1: 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. James states here again that we are begotten by the word of truth. God has not given us some magical formula to be born again. His ways are not full of mystery and complications. We are born with a human mind and spirit. It is reinforced by the god of this world, through TV and movies, music, and all mass forms of communication. It is not hard to see why the world is growing darker and darker. We need to shine brighter and brighter, until that glorious day that our Lord returns. Philippians 4: 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus
We need to believe the word of God, and not the word of the world. Satan is the god of this world, 2 Corn.4:4. The world is going to repeat Satan’s doctrine back to us. His will, and doctrine, is one of death, poverty, destruction, disease, and so forth. Romans 12:2 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. We need to renew our minds, by knowing God’s will, and believing it, and not the will of the devil. God’s will is one of love, joy, peace. He always wants the best for us. We can release his will for us, and the power of the Holy Spirit, by repeating God’s will, and not Satan’s. If our circumstances reflect the world, and not God, then we need to speak God’s will over those circumstances. Romans 4:17 .. before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. God calls things that have not yet manifested themselves, as though they already had. We need to do the same. Proverbs 12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth:and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips;Peace, peace to him that is far off,and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. The above are but a few examples of the power that is released by our words. If we have any project, or idea, that can bring glory and honor to God, and Jesus, and people around us say it sounds impossible, repeat Mathew 19:26,But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. If a doctor tells you, you have any disease or sickness, or if any ill symptoms enter your body, repeat 1 Peter 2: 24, who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. If people, or the world in general, make us feel poor or inadequate, repeat 2 Corinthians 8:9, For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. If you feel unlucky in life, or cursed, or you feel as though you may be under a generational curse, repeat Galatians 3:13, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: If you’re told you are to old, or weak, to do something you use to do, or enjoy, repeat Isaiah 40:29-31, He giveth power to the faint;and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,and the young men shall utterly fall:31 but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. The world wants to beat you down, and the god of this world wants to rob you of all the wonderful blessing Jesus earned for you, when he gave his life for us all, on the cross. Satan wants to twist your victory into defeat, and his defeat into victory. Don’t let him. He is a liar from the beginning. Jesus had this to say of the devil, and of himself. John 10:10-11, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Military’s use propaganda or misinformation, to lie to and confuse their enemies. Satan uses the exact same tactic in his war on Christians. Ephisians 6 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Spiritual warfare is conducted in the minds of the believer. Satan’s worst fear is for the body of Christ to know who we are, and the power and authority we have received. It’s as though he has put chains and shackles on us, to prevent us from living the life God wants us to live. How can we set ourselves free from these locks and chains? Simply by knowing and believing the word of God. John 8: 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Jesus knew that Satan was wandering about, enslaving all that would listen to him. And the whole world has listened to his lies, even the church of God. Satan is referred to as the god of this world. 2 Corinthians 4: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. This verse indicates Satan has blinded the minds of those who listen to his lies. So we see that anyone who listens to Satan and his lies, is bound and blinded. It is extremely difficult to live any type of meaningful life in such a condition. Jesus died on the cross to win the victory against Satan and his devils, for us. Satan is as defeated as Germany or Japan in the final days of WWII. But Satan wanders about, either distracting us from our victory by the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, or by telling us we have not won, we are lowly and defeated. Therefore by either distraction, or disinformation, we live our lives to a much lesser extent then God would have us live. We need to know all the good promises of God, and proclaim them in victory!
2 Corinthians 1: 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. All God’s promises are YES, in Jesus. If you read a promise of God, in his word, do not let Satan lie to you, and tell you it is not true. If you read you are healed, believe you are healed. If you read you can move mountains, believe you can move mountains. If you read you can heal the sick, cleanse the leper, cast out demons, and raise the dead in Jesus name, believe it! Numbers 23: 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Lets stop believing Satan’s lies and propaganda, and believe as little children, the word of God.
In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.
Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.
“Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.”
Robert Mickens, the Vatican correspondent for the Catholic journal The Tablet, said the pontiff’s comments were further evidence of his attempts to shake off the Catholic Church’s fusty image, reinforced by his extremely conservative predecessor Benedict XVI. “Francis is a still a conservative,” said Mr Mickens. “But what this is all about is him seeking to have a more meaningful dialogue with the world.”
In a welcoming response to the letter, Mr Scalfari said the Pope’s comments were “further evidence of his ability and desire to overcome barriers in dialogue with all”.
In July, Francis signalled a more progressive attitude on sexuality, asking: “If someone is gay and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him?”
Luke 17 : 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. Jesus disciples came to him and asked him to increase their faith. How could this be. A mustard seed is as tiny as the period at the end of this sentence, yet Jesus said if we had faith as a grain of mustard seed, we could command a tree or even a mountain to be cast into the sea, and it would obey us. A mountain is anything in our lives that hinders us from being more Christ like, or anything that is contrary to God’s will, or opposes his kingdom. God wants only good things for us, and in return wants us to give good things to others. We have to receive in order to give. Not knowing how to use our faith, hinders our ability to receive. Back to the mustard seed, notice Jesus said if ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, not as big as a grain of mustard seed. Luke 13: 18 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. Jesus gave a parable to describe what the kingdom of God was like, he again used the example of a grain of mustard seed. God created all things to function and work as he created them. A mustard seed does not question what it will become, it does not have the ability to doubt, or worry, or question what its end shall be. Man on the other hand, has been given the intellect to question God, and believe what he sees, over the word of God. Hebrews 11: 1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. To have faith as a mustard seed, is to not look at our circumstances as we see them, but to see them as God sees them, filtered through his word. Speaking of Abraham, Paul wrote this to the Roman’s 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17. Paul said God calls those things that be not as though they were. Jesus did not look at a few small fish, and a few loafs of bread and say, ” this will never feed so many thousands, what on earth will we do?” Abraham did not look at his old body, or that of Sarah’s and say, “we will never have children, it’s impossible!” Romans 4; 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; If we rest in God’s word, and believe in it, it will come to pass. It may not be as soon as we want it, God does not want spoiled children who have to have everything immediately. James 1: 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. The trying of our faith produces patience.
Finally, to have faith as a grain of mustard seed, we must believe God, and not the circumstances we find ourselves in. Psalm 37 : 4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: This Psalm mentions resting in the Lord, and trusting in him. This is what the mustard seed does. It does not say, “look how small I am, I will never become a great tree, birds will never lodge in my branches.” We simply need to believe what God says about us, and about our circumstances, as little children believe their earthly parents. Luke 18: 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.