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From: Elle (74.167.130.71)
Subject:         This reminds me of...
Date: October 24, 2008 at 12:58 am PST

In Reply to: this resonated with me today, from a book posted by Saysfaa on October 22, 2008 at 10:41 am:

someone's teaching on faith I heard one time. It was based on the scripture in 2 Cor. 4:18 -
while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Also 2 Cor 5:7 -
For we walk by faith and not by sight. ( our senses)

The teaching was about how we all too often allow our emotions to control our actions and our emotions are not reliable. Sometimes we feel good and sometimes we feel bad or we feel like doing this or we don't feel like doing that.
He talked about making decisions and acting on the decision not the feeling. If you make a decision or commitment then the feeling will come as you act on that decision.


This passage also came to mind-
Hebrews 11:17-19
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called", concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

I think that sometimes we tend to put faith in one category and logic in another category but if you think about it they go together hand in hand.

If God told Abraham that through his seed his decendents would be like the sands of the sea and then God tells him to offer Isaac up as a burnt offering that doesn't really seem logical. But really Abraham was able to logically conclude that either God would provide himself a lamb or that God would raise Isaac from the dead. Either way, Abraham expected to come down from the mountian with Isaac. That is what he told the young men who went with them--Gen. 22:5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you".

When David was going to fight against the Philistine giant and Saul told him that he was not able to go against the philistine because David was a youth and the Giant had been a man of war from his youth. David told Saul that when he kept his fathers sheep and a lion or bear came and took a lamb out of the flock that he went after it and struck it and delivered the lamb from its mouth and when it arose against him he caught it by it's beard and struck and killed it. He said he has killed a lion and a bear and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them for defying the armies of the living God. Ref- 1Sam 17:33-36

While their faith and trust was in what God could do, these men were still able to apply logic to their situation based on what God had already done for them.

If Abraham had to go ahead and sacrifice Isaac, even though he believed God would raise him from the dead, how painful would that be to go through?

I am not so sure that as David agreed to fight the giant that he was confident he wouldn't be untouched, I just think he was confident that in the end he would win and kill the giant.

Anyway, that is what I thought of when I read your post.


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