Saturday, February 16, 2008

Gotta have faith

I have watched a few episodes of Eli Stone since the writers strike. He began hearing George Michael sing at strange times during his day. Turns out he has a deep brain aneurysm which gives him visions. But there seems to be a purpose for each vision and as he follows vision clues, he finds that he is in a place to help someone. So does he have 'faith'?

In Hebrews we read, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (11:1) How does one acquire faith? It seems the answer is the same for all spiritual disciplines. We acquire faith by practicing it. John Wesley wrote to those who "overvalue reason" saying it (reason) "is utterly incapable of giving either faith, hope or love, and consequently of producing either real virtue or substantial happiness. Expect these from a higher source, even from the Father of the spirits of all flesh. Seek and receive them, not as your own acquisition, but as the gift of God."

As much as we desire greater faith, we cannot produce it, only ask for it, live it and trust that we are living in it. George Michael is right, 'you gotta have faith.'

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