These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. Jude 1:12
“Faith fakers? Two days in a row? Father, please open my eyes, broken or not, to see what you see. Give me the courage to follow you with my whole heart.”
My heavenly Dad has been speaking to me about faith through my time with Him and Wisdom Hunters, my own and people I am trusting or have trusted. He also gave me this verse:
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4
He is trying to get through to me about the importance of truth. That should be simple enough, shouldn’t it?
When I was growing up I was always taught that as we grow in relationship with heavenly Dad, like a vine, we will bear fruit. In the stories He was telling me yesterday and today, He spoke of individuals who have plastic fruit. He said to be ware of them. Empty, fake faith, that people prostitute to get from others what they want and then they will not follow through. I was warned to not waste my time.
Heavenly Dad said to validate anything and everything by comparing it to His “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” If I don’t follow God, I’ll fall for anything. Heavenly Dad stressed once I walk in truth, it becomes as natural as breathing. Wow…still working on that.
He went on to say it is sometimes a lonely walk as the faith fakers can be persuasive and they talk the talk, though their actions are inconsistent and untruthful. Many of those close to me may fall for their deception but I am suppose to take comfort in knowing there is,” no greater joy…(than) walking in the truth.” In my willingness to step out from darkness I might be able help light the way for others, even if I am walking alone. The most difficult thing for me is that I may not see the fruit that will be bore by my faith, trust, and truth in this life time, but maybe my job isn’t as harvester, just a sower of seed.
Tables turn. Truth: at one time or another we are all faith fakers. We all struggle to be who we want and know we ought to be. He reminded, that is where I have opportunities for growth. If I don’t fail, I won’t see where I need to improve. His continuous forgiveness and desire for me to succeed continues to blow me away.
This was a heavy talk for me. I know I have had misplaced trust and have bottomed out because of it. I was (sometimes still am) relying and trusting on truth…that wasn’t, and failed to compare the Biblical principals to the expectations of those faith fakers. For what they were asking/demanding, could it be Biblically backed up that it would further my growth in my heavenly Dad? My submitting to their demands, did it follow: 1st God, 2nd Family, 3rd Self?
To quote Archie: “It was my choice.” It IS my choice. As the old saying goes,”Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Truth sometimes stinks, but it is truth.
Until tomorrow: Blessings!