FAITH IS NOT WISHFUL THINKING ENHANCED BY THE STEROIDS OF POSTIVE EXPECTATION. Steve McVey
This word faith has cause most christians to lose their collective minds. When we say, have faith, what does that mean? Have you told someone to have faith? Were you on the receiving end of that statement? How did it make you feel? Did you ever have faith and you knew your faith was strong and you believed in the outcome that you wanted, but it didn’t happen? Where you crushed, hurt and depressed? Did you feel you didn’t have enough faith? You needed more faith? People have left the church and God because they believed and had faith and prayed to God for a certain outcome and it didn’t happen. Boy, that hurts! I have been there more times than I care to remember.
Faith is not external. You can’t have more faith. You can’t muster up faith. You can’t wish it. Faith is not positive thinking. Faith doesn’t come from us. Faith is a person and His name is JESUS CHRIST! We don’t need to pray for faith. In Him we already have it. Faith is internal! Faith is Him.
This is what Steve Mcvey says in his book, Beyond an Angry God. “Just as obedience and repentance are ours through the indwelling Christ, so is faith ours to enjoy simply by recognizing that He is its source. Faith doesn’t originate from us. The question is not whether your belief is big enough or strong enough or pure enough to receive the outcome you want. Faith is about Jesus! He doesn’t hope for a certain outcome. He knows. You’ll be much better off leaning into His faith than trying to crank out your own.”
So the bottom line is believe in Jesus’ finished work and have the faith of Jesus and leave the outcome to Him. Every outcome will be better than you will imagine. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.” And that power is Jesus.