I should probably issue a warning right about now. Before you read any further, you need to know this isn’t going to be a “typical” post for me. I’m feeling pretty feisty and I’m coming out swinging. I’m sick and tired of hell’s schemes on this planet. I’m sick and tired of playing nice. I’m ruffled and I’m riled. But it’s not bad– it’s good. It’s good because more than anything, my faith is rising. My faith is rising and it’s not “nice-nice” faith. It’s not polite faith. It’s indignant …
I’m sick and tired of God’s people being weighed down. I’m sick and tired of so many feeling oppressed and overwhelmed. I’m sick and tired of seeing so many running around in a crazy swirl of chaos that never seems to end.
We’re getting played, people. Most of the time we’re not even aware. If it were so obvious, we’d cry “Foul!” We’d call for reinforcements. We’d do something about it.
But the enemy’s work is devious. It’s insidious. And often it is oh, so subtle …
- It’s fear masquerading as wisdom
- It’s complacency pretending to be contentment
- It’s self-indulgence disguised as authenticity
- It’s laziness in the name of liberty
- It’s the spirit of religion purporting to be balance
- It’s condoning sin and calling it freedom
And, my personal favorite …
- It’s taking a lack of faith and personal responsibility and labeling it–of all things–“the will of God”
And no, I’m not just pointing a finger outwardly. Most of those bullets are pointed directly at me. I’m also not, for even one minute, neglecting the reality of God’s amazing grace. I love grace. (No–really–I LOVE grace.) I need grace. I can’t do a thing without it. And until you also have grasped grace–and I mean, you’ve really grasped it and you really get it–honestly, you should probably stop reading right now. You should forget every one of those bullet points and go immerse yourself in the love of God. Stay there until you know that you know grace. Because if you don’t have a true revelation of grace, you’re likely to get everything I’m saying backwards. You’re likely to get it wrong. You’re likely to feel offended — or defensive — or condemned — rather than compelled. Even worse, you might start to make a “to-do” list, rather than a “get-to-do” list.
And the Church doesn’t need any more people with “to-do” lists.
But we do need people–lots of people–with indignant faith.
People with faith that won’t let go. People who will keep wrestling until he blesses us. People who’ve survived in the wilderness, but know there is still a promised land. People who are willing to sacrifice everything to get there and make a way for others. People who clearly see the giants in the land, but who see God’s power and promises even more clearly. People who are willing to get over themselves and are ready to grow up. People who will press in and press on until we fully lay hold of that for which Jesus laid hold of us.
People who’ve glimpsed the more and absolutely refuse to settle for less.
People who actually believe God is who he says he is and that he will do what he says he will do.
That should be a no-brainer in the Church. But it’s not. Not by a long shot. Instead we’ve made a theology out of our unbelief. We’ve created an entire culture that is absolutely immersed in unbelief. If we don’t see much of God’s power, we conclude he must have changed his mind. This just isn’t the season for miracles. It’s just not “his will.” It’s not his will to give sight to the blind, to heal the sick, to bring freedom to captives, to deliver the tormented, to bring justice to the oppressed, to feed the hungry, to cause the lame to walk …
To raise the dead.
Well … um… last I checked, my Bible said God doesn’t change. And he has already clearly declared his will in all those areas.
He’s declared his will to any and all with ears to hear.
The fact is, God doesn’t change–but we do. We’re fickle. We’re weak. We’re impatient. We get tired. We don’t see the reality of certain things spoken of in the Word of God and–instead of hanging on like a bulldog saying “Let God be true and every man a liar!”–we change the way we “interpret” the Word. When we don’t understand the way things turn out, we create doctrine to assuage our disappointment. We look for loopholes to excuse our failing faith.
We give in to unbelief.
And when that happens, we get exactly what we’ve got in the Western church–a culture of predominately self-focused people with a mostly intellectualized and mostly powerless faith. We’re walking in defeat, making excuses, struggling to keep our heads above water–and just trying to “hold on” until Jesus returns.
Where is the victory in that? Where is the abundant life in that?
Where’s the kingdom in that?
Where’s “On earth as it is in heaven” in that?
Church, we are already seated in heavenly realms with Christ–far above the fray of this world. We’re not fighting for victory–we’re fighting to appropriate the victory that has already been won. We’re fighting to lay hold of that which is already ours. We’re fighting for “his will to be done and his kingdom to come, on earth as it is in heaven.”
And the only way we’ll ever do that is with FAITH …
Taking God at his word isn’t for sissies. That’s why so few do. It costs everything. But who cares? In his upside-down kingdom, the only way to actually find your life …
Is to lose it.
So, who’s in? Who’s ready to take back what’s ours? Who’s ready to stand? Who’s ready to stand in agreement with God’s heart; in agreement with his desires? Who’s ready to stand in faith … real faith …
The world is waiting to see.
14 thoughts on “Indignant Faith”
I am in.
I know you are, Lynn. Miss you– are you still in Cambodia?
Ive been reading through Acts again and it’s been convicting realizing that we act so different than the way the early church ministered. They all gave up their houses and divided all wealth and possessions equally, they walked past cripples and demanded in Jesus name that they walk, they preached the word of God in a boldness from the Holy Spirit in front of powerful men who opposed them and they were willing to die for their faith. I believe God is raising up a new generation! Jesus said he wants to spit the lukewarm out of his mouth. Our culture has over flowed with lukewarm. Its time to be hot or cold. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever! The testimonies I’ve been finding for http://bythebloodofthelamb.com are very encouraging. Miracles are happening every day! The time has come to stand and you know I’m in with you!
Amen! Glad you are finding lots of testimonies for the new website. Praying you’ll have so many you can’t keep up!
Amen!!! I love you so much!!!
Love you too,Debbie. You are a living testimony of ‘indignant faith’!
AWESOME and so true!! I, too, have been getting quite fed up with just how “ill” the Body of Christ is! There are a lot of believers who would rather follow after some person, being “wishy-washy” and giving up their FIRST LOVE rather than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! KUDOs Cindy for speaking the Truth!!
Much, much love in Jesus
Thanks Stephanie. We’ll just keep right on standing in the truth!
Thanks for your inspiring writing. Makes me feel I’m not the only one with “indignant faith” and encourages me to keep standing in the Truth.
I’m so glad! I think more and more are waking up and long to see true revelation of Jesus on the earth. It’s a good thing!
This article is fantastic!
I am very much weighed down by the enemy in that I came from a demon possessed family. My Christian connection [God’s grace in my life] is the only thing that holds me together. Without it I’d fly apart into a million pieces
So grateful we never have to be without Him!
Good one Cindy! (As you can see I’m a little slow in my reading! – but I am reading!)
Love you Linda 🙂 🙂 🙂