Faith develops. Faith grows.
I understand that. None of us have “perfect” faith.
Yet, without faith, it’s impossible to please God. (The Bible says so.)
If I want to please God, which I do, then I have to be a man of mature faith.
There are many times though, if I’m being honest, where my life is defined more by my lack of faith than the strength of my faith.
Just being honest.
It seems to me there are certain things that get in the way of my faith.
My self doubt and tendency to worry rather than pray (Ouch…that one hurts!)
My inability to forgive others (Yeah, that blocks pure faith)
My lack of closeness to God when I neglect our relationship (That hurts to admit too…being honest again)
My lack of knowledge…or reflection…of who God is (The more I know him, the more faith I tend to have)
My inconsistency in spiritual disciplines (If I’m faithful to them…My faith is strong)
That’s my story.
Do any of those ring true for you?
Any you would add?
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Ron Edmondson serves as the senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and has an impressive history of church planting and church growth. A nationally known Christian leader, he was raised in a Christian home and active in his home church, First Baptist Church of Clarksville, Tennessee, serving as a lay leader, deacon, Sunday School director, and teacher. After twenty years in business, including time owning an insurance agency and a small manufacturing company, Ron heard God’s call to ministry.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Ron’s strong theological background guides him to teach faithfully from Scripture. Ron identifies himself as a wisdom seeker and a teacher.
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