When I was growing up my mother used to quote a number of sayings, most often when she was trying to ‘teach me a lesson.’ I have to admit that even now I cannot recall many of Mums pithy quotes, but one does stick in my mind. I guess this is because I have used the same ‘proverb’ to my own children.
‘Actions speak louder than words.’ How true this is. Not only in the natural but more so in the spiritual. Jesus had many a harsh word to say to the religious leaders of his day for their hypocritical manner of teaching. I would estimate that most of today’s disciples of Christ’s would claim that their actions match their words. I too would have laid claim to this thought but over the years and being placed in the furnace of God I have seen that my confidence has often been misplaced.
All this by way of a clumsily introduction to the subject of faith. I see in church goers two levels of faith that I call ‘milk faith’ and ‘meat faith.’ Others may call the distinction under the heading of the faith of the intellect and the faith of experience. Now before I loose any blogger readers at his point, I must clarify that both classes of faith are important.
Without the former classification of faith one cannot have the second; but the issue I am concerned with is that head faith must grow into heart faith. Sadly for many believers they are stuck on taking in only ‘milk faith’ as their nourishment. This concern has been an issue down through the generations for we see such a warning issued in Hebrews 5:12-13.
Ask a theologian the meaning of faith and the answer would be along these lines. Faith believes something to be true; that is, the facts and words of the Bible are true. That a man called Jesus lived some 2000 years ago and was crucified and rose again. This is a good start but even the devil believes these facts. This milk faith must grow a believer into the aspect of faith that we could call ‘trust’ or heart faith.
Perhaps this difference can be explained by using the classic illustration of a chair. Intellectual assent is recognizing that a chair is a chair and agreeing that it is designed to support a person who sits on it. Trust is actually sitting in the chair.
In a laborious way I am trying to convey that milk faith will not enable us to withstand the darts and slings of the enemy, nor buffer us against the injustices of life. When the heat come on our ‘pants’ do we really trust the Lord to deliver us?
‘Meat faith’ says I have been restored, healed forgiven, sanctified, made holy, made righteousness and therefore no harm will come to me for I am a covenant child of God. Heart faith knows that we have been placed in the heavenlies seated with Christ and we stand on this fact refusing to believe otherwise despite what our senses tells us. I believe what we think in our heart and express with our lips determines if we are more than conquerors. Proverbs 18:21
Sadly too many Christians have not come to a biblical understanding of faith as they have not grown beyond a diet of milk faith and because of this they live under the influence of the power of darkness never raising up to the their God given potential.
It has taken me nigh on 50 years to come to this understanding, for it was only when I claimed, the blood of Jesus had healed me, that my prostate issues began to recede along with a peace that passes understanding; this has kept my heart fixed on the finished work of Christ. Revelation 12:11
Following on from this revelation my growth into the purposes of God has accelerated, for I now claim and declare over myself that all the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:20 I can testify that such a meat faith has enabled me to stand firm against the condemnation of the enemy, the physical stress from the demonic forces and the lies from Satan coming to me through others. At this moment I am enlarging my tent to accommodate the next break through that is coming my way.
May we all continue to have the mind of Christ growing from glory into glory.
I really like how you differentiated the difference between "milk faith" and "meat faith". While milk faith is the starting point but it must not be the end! Faith must be strengthened in order to endure and that will only occur when it is put to the test.