Levels of Faith by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 31, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

Some make the mistake of trying to define Faith by Hebrews 11:1. You read Hebrews 11:1, what does it say? “Faith is,” what? “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” but it does not define Faith. And, paradoxically, if you’re going to grab a promise, Faith transubstantiates the promise.

I’m going to use an analogy of something and then I’m going to get to my message. Jesus said ‘Except ye become like children,’ you’ll read the passage in Mark 10:15. Then you read Paul in Ephesians 4:14 saying ‘Be no more like children, tossed with the doctrine to and fro.’ They’re not contradicting each other. Jesus says ‘Except you be like children,’ ‘hear the voice of your Father, listen and obey.’ Paul is saying ‘once you come to know that voice, quit running around for some other doctrine.’ That is like a child looking for different toys to play with. Once you know where you’re going, quit looking for something else. Listen to the voice of the Sayer, grab hold of it, that’s that! That’s what Ephesians 4:14 is saying.

Now I came up with an analogy because I see people wrestle with this all the time. We are like children on a playground. You climb up the monkey bars and you go across and you go back down. You watch kids play on the playground—there are some kids that will get up on those monkey bars and they really are like monkeys. They just swing right across, they skip a couple of the rungs, right? They’re to the other side and zip they’re down.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that other kids will climb up there and they have to grasp rung by rung right across—grasp each one of them with a tight grip. Then you’ve got kids, and I could tell you I was one of them, that couldn’t make it half way across and had to fall down in the middle. We think there are levels of Faith. It is true, you can have levels of Faith, but Faith fixed in the right place begins to grow like a seed planted in good soil that takes root.

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