Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Faith Or Presumption?!

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; (2 Cor. 1:9-10) 

The old motto of soldiers during the Revolutionary War applies to many areas of life: "Trust in God, but keep your powder dry!" In other words, place your life in the Savior's hands, but stay at the ready. Do all that you can to prepare yourself for battle, understanding that the ultimate outcome rests with the Lord God. 

To walk by faith does not mean stop thinking. To trust God does not imply become slovenly or lazy or apathetic. . . . You and I need to trust God for our finances, but that is no license to spend foolishly. You and I ought to trust God for safety in the car, but we're not wise to pass on a blind curve. . . . 

Acting foolishly or thoughtlessly, expecting God to bail you out if things go amiss, isn't faith at all. It is presumption, Wisdom says, do all you can within your strength, then trust Him to do what you cannot do. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

To be honest, this post raises one question on my mind. The following question goes as follows:

How do I (or anyone reading this) knows whether we are living by faith or presumption? 

To answer this question, we must first know the difference between faith and presumption. First, it's faith. In defining faith, I'm going to use the Biblical (Judeo-Christian) version to clarify the difference between the two words. 

Faith is the belief in the historical truthfulness of the Scripture narrative, and the supernatural origin of its teachings, sometimes called historical and speculative faith

Without faith it is impossible to please Him (God). (Heb. 11:6) 

"The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind which is called "trust" or "confidence" exercised toward the moral character of God, and particularly of the Savior." 
--- Dr. T. Dwight 

"Faith is an affectionate, practical confidence in the testimony of God" --- J. Hawes 

Now for presumption...

Presumption is the act of of presuming, or believing upon probable evidence;  the act of assuming or taking for granted; belief upon incomplete proof. 

Now that we know the difference between faith and presumption, under which category would we find ourselves under more frequently when dealing with life events? Given the fact that we now know the difference between the two, will we know if we are walking in faith or presumption? To be rather honest, the line between the two can often be blurry. 

My dear friends, given the difficulty of knowing the difference between the two, we must ask God continuously to help us to discern the difference between faith and presumption. So friends, are we going to walk by faith or by presumption? This my friends, is the million dollar question! Based on what we are able to gather from the above definitions, there is a major difference between the two words highlighted in this post. Ask God to help you know the difference and then help others to do the same. Come to think about it, knowing the difference can make the difference between experiencing your miracle or not. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! My hope and prayer is that God will manifest Himself in your life in such a miraculous way to help you in your knowledge and understanding of both faith and presumption. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)