Thursday, August 25, 2011

feed your faith

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
Luke 17:5
if only it could be obtained so easily...

 Mark, Amy, Elise and I are simultaneously reading the book "Mere Christianity."  It's part of Amy and Elise's World Literature course, and we'll be discussing it together next week.  

These thoughts below, from the chapter on Faith, struck me yesterday as an extremely logical reason for cultivating the discipline of spending time in the Word each day.   If I am not continually reminded of the truth found in His Word, then I will be distracted by my all-too-natural responses to the circumstances of the moment. 

"Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.  
For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes."

"...make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity,
then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind
for some time every day."  

"We have to be continually reminded of what we believe.  
Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. 
It must be fed."  
-C.S. Lewis

All the more reason why people of all nations 
and tribes 
and tongues 
and peoples 
need to own the Word in their own language.  
How else will faith be kept alive?

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