There are many who say that “practice makes perfect.” It is something that can be related to worldly things such as playing a sport or learning a new skill. Oftentimes, when it comes to spirituality, it seems that many believe that what they can attain spiritually comes through what they do, not what they practice. Believing that if they don’t do well then they won’t receive the Lord’s grace and blessings.
Many believe that “grace and blessings” are just some sort of pipe dream that exists much like “luck.” Something that just sort of happens, more by coincidence rather than by any intentional act of God. The interesting thing about this is that grace and blessings are brought about, not by our actions nor by luck or coincidence, but is always there, just as God’s love is always there. We simply need to open ourselves to Him.
Opening ourselves to Him isn’t always something we can just do at any given moment. Yes, at times the veil is more open than others. Sometimes the veil seems to open on its own, maybe because of some experience that causes the inner eyes to open, only to dim in days that follow.
The interesting thing is that all things of God come through faith and faith is not something that just happens but is a practice and, as with worldly things, practice makes perfect. The difference with practicing faith is that the one practicing can’t see themselves as having failed when their practice doesn’t go as expected. Again, with faith, when practicing it, if it doesn’t yield results it can make a person to look at themselves and wonder if they are simply not worthy. To judge themselves when, just as with others, they are not the judge of even themselves.
Only the Lord can judge. Just as only how it is only the Lord who selects His followers, not the other way around. If a person isn’t selected, this doesn’t mean there is something wrong with them per say, they are simply not one of the Lord’s children. He knows his lambs and His lambs know Him. If others don’t feel inclined to follow the Shepherd then it is not by any fault of their own. Not necessarily anything they have done. This is another reason why we shouldn’t judge others, especially of we feel that a person is not following Jesus. Not everyone is called to follow Jesus.
Yet this means that those who are called must learn faith and faith is not something that just happens but is a practice. One even has to test their faith. Some might think that testing their own faith is testing the Lord, but this is not true. The Lord’s love, grace and blessings are always there, more solid and real than the Earth itself, one merely has to open themselves to them and this is done through faith.
Faith is not hope. Faith is real. It is an action. It is the one action that we can control in our relationship with the Lord. If a person feels anxiety or fear of the world around them then they are lacking faith. Faith is not only an action from within but also comes through the greater knowledge and understanding of the kingdom of heaven, which is real and here today. In our current state it can be seen as a perspective. A way of viewing life. The reason it’s so difficult to know for so many is because it is so different from the perspective of the world. It is difficult for many to be able to view a perspective that can’t be confirmed by the perspective of the world. The perspective of the world is based on the “scientific method” to prove what is real and what isn’t real, which has blinded the eyes of many.
The perspective of the kingdom of heaven is proven through the practice of faith, which could be termed as the “method of faith.” A person who is called by the Lord must first be willing to give their heart to the Lord. Giving their heart to the Lord means that no matter what happens, what they might do or say, they never turn away from the Lord. It is sort of like consciously opening the self to allow the Lord full access to who we are, the light and darkness of who we are.
Most people want to hide their darkness. They are ashamed of their darkness and they believe that if they reveal their darkness to the Lord then he will be disappointed with them. This is a faith buster brought about by the perspective of the world. The irony is that the Lord already knows their darkness yet they still try to hide their darkness from Him. Oftentimes, trying to hide their darkness from others, acting as if they are “clean and pure” when in the company of others, yet alone they live in darkness, or some level of darkness. This is hypocrisy which is also a faith buster.
In order to be healed by the Lord one has to be willing to be completely revealed. If they are not willing to be revealed then they won’t be healed. Hiding darkness creates fear and anxiety. It’s much like telling lies so as to improve your image or status with others, where you now have to keep track of the lies in order to save face with those you told. It’s easier to simply be an honest nobody than dishonestly standing on a pedestal that has no substance, or simply doesn’t exist. Keeping things hidden not only hides the darkness but it also hides the light. When you reveal your darkness it then becomes light.
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.”
Interestingly enough, it requires faith to reveal yourself. Faith and trust in the Lord because, when you reveal yourself you will feel vulnerable, which is something that the perspective to the world tells you that you should never feel. The perspective of the world tells you to hide away those things that make you feel vulnerable, that you might stand in the image of strength, even though that strength is not real.
One of the first lessons of faith is to realize that the world is not real. This is proven by the fact that the world teaches that faith is not real, only the world. Here is one of the main contradictions of this life which then branches out into a myriad of contradictions, all created to confuse and confound people, which is the purpose of contradiction.
Contradiction causes a person to question themselves. Contradiction is another faith buster. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Basically, you have to choose one or the other, you can choose both else you nothing more than a contradiction and thus will live your life in conflict with yourself. Living a life of constant anxiety and fear while hiding these things so as to try to create an image to satisfy the world around you. Living within this conflict makes it so you can’t open yourself to the love, grace and blessings of the Lord, which are more real than the world around you yet you can’t see them simply because, well, you lack faith.
The interesting thing about the Lord is that we are not alone in our practice of faith. Faith is not something that the Lord expects us to have in full in order to know Him. In times of trouble and fear, possible anxiety of what is to come that can’t be controlled, one can simply ask the Lord for guidance. This is the interesting part. The Lord won’t give us faith but he will guide us to our faith. He might say, “The reason you feel the way you do is because you lack faith in Me. Give me your tomorrow through your faith in me.”
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
The result of faith is that it makes us like little children who are truly being cared for by their parents who provide for them and protect them. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”