1. Faith is not mental assent to correct doctrine. (Part 1)
2. Faith is not striving. (Part 2) – today
I have begun this topic by talking about what faith is not. Yesterday I talked about the difference between what I think is true about God (doctrine) and faith. They don’t always match one another. In fact it is quite common that there is a fundamental incongruence between what we know and what we believe. Faith is not mental ascent to correct doctrine.
Here’s another thing faith is not. Faith is not striving. Here’s how Websters Dictionary defines “strive”.
To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard.
I do not produce the kind of faith that pleases God by trying hard. Faith is not a product of my effort. In fact, trusting and relying in what I can do is actually faith in me rather than faith in God. Faith involves ceasing from my labors, not trying harder. Faith flows from rest. If I’m to labor at all, it is a labor to enter into rest. In the place of rest, where I have given up self reliance altogether, faith can function.
Heb 4:1010 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.NIV