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 Pastor Mike Burns

 Victory Church

 903.567.2072 (Ext. 3002) 

 MBurns@wordofvictory.org                                   

Monday, January 14, 2013 8:27 AM

The Object of Your Faith

Monday, January 14, 2013 8:27 AM
Monday, January 14, 2013 8:27 AM

It has become popular in our society to talk about faith as though it were some sort of mystical force or magical power. Countless movies, television shows, and some songs reinforce the idea that you can achieve any goal and overcome any challenge if only you have a little faith or if only you just believe. Whether that faith is placed “in yourself” or in some other fantastical force (like the power of love or the promise of change), the point is always the same: Believe hard enough, and dreams can come true. To our postmodern culture, what people believe in is not all that important. The critical thing is simply that they believe and that their faith…whatever its object…makes them happy and furthers their lifestyle.

Biblical faith could not be more opposite. It is defined by a confident trust in and full dependence on the only right object of faith. The object is God Himself. The reality is that faith is only as good as the object on which it rests. For the postmodern secularist, having faith “in yourself” is an extremely limiting and discouraging prospect. Faith based on that kind of fantasy is nothing more than fiction. But for the Christian, faith in God is the key to facing any circumstance of life. God is infinitely powerful, wise, good, faithful, and loving. To depend on Him is to say with the apostle Paul, “If God is for us, who is against us? For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created things, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31, 38-39). Who is the object of your faith?

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