Everyone has faith. Even atheist, whose confidence is in their philosophy, have faith. Faith is a noun. These atheists walk in these philosophies through their belief. Belief, a verb, is the action part of faith.
“9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:
11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger:
12 For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.
13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep My Commandments and My Statutes, according to all the Law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My Servants the Prophets.
14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God.” 2 Kings 17:9-14
Because of Israel’s unbelief, they had no interest or concern in the Commandments and Statutes of God. This unbelief resulted in the Lord casting the Israelites into the hand of the spoilers.
Unbelief will cause the Believer to neglect God’s Redemption Plan, Jesus Christ and Him crucified (The Atonement), and lead us to take steps which would NOT “establish” our faith but in fact destroy our faith by placing it in worldly philosophies. Faith placed in the ways of the world, even if it is under a religious banner, will always and without fail lead to the destruction of faith. The professing Believer easily believes when faith is in worldly philosophies. Because of their belief in these philosophies (the action part of faith), they place their faith in these philosophies and the result is the unbelieving Believer walking in the statutes of the world…their faith is active, it is just active in the wrong object.
Just as the atheists faith is active in their worldly philosophies, so too is the unbelieving Believer’s faith active in worldly philosophies. This type of active faith God cannot honor any more than He can honor the atheist’s active faith in their vain philosophies. Faith placed exclusively in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and BELIEVING the power of sin is broken, I speak here to Believers, is what allows us to walk in the Commandments and Statutes of God. This active faith gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the law of sin and death. It is this active faith, the belief in the atoning work of Jesus Christ to give us dominion over sin, that ESTABLISHES us IN Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). The same faith that establishes us in Christ Jesus is the same faith that frees us from the law of sin and death, namely active faith placed in The Atonement (Jesus Christ and Him crucified).
“But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.” Romans 8:11
When we believe what we place our faith in, we walk in the statutes of that where our faith is placed. We cannot walk in the statutes of God when our faith is placed in worldly methods. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit, the resurrecting power of God, to quicken and enable the Believer to walk in God’s Statutes…this can’t be done through will power.
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” Romans 7:18
The will may be there to perform that which is good but the power is not if our faith is placed in worldly philosophies. Again, when our faith is placed in worldly philosophies, we believe these methods and walk in those statutes. In turn, we do not give the Holy Spirit latitude to enable us to walk in the Statutes of God because our faith is in the statutes of the world.
To be frank, unbelief in the atoning work of Jesus Christ is rampant in the church today and has caused God’s Children to walk in worldly statutes, not God’s Statutes. Through their belief in vain philosophies, humanistic psychology, methods of man, etc., etc., they have not believed God’s Word. Many have warned them to turn from their wicked ways but they have hardened their necks. The Word of God has effected as intended. Truth will either harden as clay or melt as wax the heart of man.
“8 This people draw nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9
Prayerfully consider in what you have believed…not what you may profess to believe but what you believe; it is there that you will find your faith.
-Donna Clark Warren