Let's get back to the put on---put off principle---we need to replace our doubting attitude with an attitude of faith.
SAY IT IN A SENTENCE:
Only when faith replaces doubt in the life of a believer can the joy of knowing God become a reality.
Remember faith is an attitude, and attitudes are patterns of thinking that form over a long period of time. We are faced each day with hundreds of decisions that will form the pattern of thinking that will eventually become our attitude.
James MacDonald gives a list of what faith is not in his book, Lord Change My Attitude Before It's Too Late, here are some of the thoughts by MacDonald:
- Faith is not an ostrich, head-in-the-sand and denying the obvious or the inevitable. It's not pretending that something is real when deep down you really don't believe it.
- Faith is not anti-intellectual, either. Faith is not a warm feeling that requires you to check your intellect at the door.
- Faith is not a stained-glass and dreamy sort of Little-house-on- the-prairie escapism.
- Faith is not some motivational seminar, with some high-powered guru calling for breathing exercises or self-confidence, telling you to picture a better future.
- Faith is not having a positive mental attitude, a you-have-to-keep-believing thing. It's not ignoring the pain and embracing optimism regardless of the evidence in from of you.
What is real, solid, biblical faith? Real, solid, biblical faith is rooted in a God who is real. Let' take the time to look at Hebrews 11:1. This passage gives us an excellent definition of faith:
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Faith is substance: Faith is reality, substance, existence, faith imparts reality in the view of the mind to those things which are not seen.
Faith is evidence: Faith gives us the eyes to see the existence of God; of heaven; of angels; of the glories of the world suited for the redeemed.
This kind of faith is not self-manufactured, no, it is given by the Holy Spirit, it is from above---we need to humble ourselves before the sovereign God of the universe and ask that He would grant to us a real, solid, heavenly faith.
Listen to the Apostle John in 1 John 5:4, "This is the victory that overcomes the world ----," what is it? "our faith."