|To go back to main page click here|
A Search For God
Lesson 4: Faith
(262-13 to 262-17)
"Take up the shield of faith, to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one."
Create in me a pure heart, O God.
Open my heart to the faith You have implanted in all who seek Your face.
O God, Help remove my unbelief in You, in my neighbor, in myself.
WHAT IS FAITH?
Faith is an attribute of the soul.
Faith is the inner spiritual knowledge of God.
We become aware of the physical body through the senses.
We become aware of the soul through the activity of its attributes.
Faith may be denied until it no longer exist
within the consciousness of the physical mind.
Faith can be acknowledged and exercised until it will move mountains.
Anything brought into consciousness through the activity of spiritual forces
is the essence of faith.
Anything manifesting in and through the spiritual force of the individual
is the essence of faith.
Faith accepts or rejects without basis of reason.
Faith goes beyond that which is perceived.
Faith goes beyond that which man brings
to his activity through the five senses.
"Faith", as defined by Barnabas,
"is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see."
Faith knows that it has already received and acts accordingly, doubting nothing.
Faith is the builder of the seemingly impossible.
Faith is that which has brought into manifestation all that has ever existed.
God is, faith is.
Faith is the evidence of God's promise fulfilled.
Man's divine privilege is to accept, use, develop, and enjoy the fruits of faith.
In the material world we often mistake confidence for faith.
We are prone to depend upon our physical senses,
forgetting that our physical senses are deceptive.
This is not faith, but confidence - for confidence comes through the physical senses.
When trials and disasters arise, that are seemingly beyond our power to control,
we begin to sink, and immediately in hopelessness and distress we cry out,
"Lord help me, I perish!"
It is then that the Voice speaks,
"O you of little faith!"
Let us examine ourselves and see whether we are holding to faith or confidence.
We must view spiritual things from spiritual standpoints and accept them in a spiritual way.
Many say, "We have faith", but they begin to explain that
it applies to mental and not to spiritual things.
We say, "We believe, but -" which means there is doubt,
the very opposite of faith.
Remember, when we entered this material plane,
we became subject to material laws.
It is the failure of our senses to perceive and fully to understand these laws
that brings many of us to the point where we have little real faith.
There is a world before us to be understood:
the mysteries of the universe,
the law of love,
the power of thought,
and the gift of faith.
We stumble, we falter, even when we have the divine promise,
"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there' and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you."
With such promise, should we not cry out,
"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"?
NEED OF FAITH
Faith is victory, for where there is faith rightly placed,
there is no failure, but true success.
"Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life."
Be full of faith and have as a reward life's crowning glories.
We know that all our development, physical, mental, and spiritual,
depends upon our faith in God, in our fellow man, and in ourselves.
Just in proportion to the amount of faith we place in God and in ourselves,
just so great is our development.
Why not take God at His word, letting our faith become a living faith
by acting in the manner that shows to the world
that we know ourselves to be sons of God.
There is no other way to real victory.
Let us have more faith in our fellow man.
We may not agree with him,
but who knows whether he is not more in line with the divine plan
than if he were following our lead?
It is well to remember that our Ideal is manifested
through our fellow man as well as through ourselves.
It is, therefore, more necessary for us to trust Him,
even though appearances may be against it.
It is not only our privilege, but our duty to have faith in ourselves.
We are workers together with God,
and when we doubt ourselves, we doubt the God within us.
He has promised,
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Call to mind the words:
"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
In His Name we are more than conquerors.
It is only by having the faith of a little child
in the abiding presence of the Christ
that we can hope to inherit the kingdom.
Faith is a bridge that spans the gulf from the seen to the unseen.
It is often all we have left when everything seems against us.
With this in mind, how diligently should we cultivate and seek
to increase our faith when all is going well with us,
in order that it may be a strong fortress
when the storms of life begin to beat upon us.
Lord, increase our faith!
HOW FAITH IS DEVELOPED
Faith is developed by the use of it.
Faith cannot be taught or forced.
True faith cannot be destroyed.
Through the exercising of faith,
we are able to give enlightenment to others.
Let the mind be in us that was in Jesus the Christ.
There will come faith that is sufficient unto every need,
even that faith which removes mountains,
changes the destiny of nations, yea, and
even brings worlds into existence.
Do we believe this?
Then, how many this be accomplished?
By opening our hearts in meditation to the unseen forces
that surround the throne of grace, beauty, and might,
and at the same time by throwing about us the protection
found in the thought of the Christ, we can accomplish this.
Then let us add to our faith works which show forth attributes
that are expressions of His Spirit in the world.
Thus shall our faith develop and become to us evidence of things not seen.
We must show by our actions in our daily lives
that we believe, that we have faith, and that we know
as we use what we have, more will be given.
In times of trial, let us think of the faith
that has sustained others in troubles far greater than ours.
When our conscious minds would magnify our doubts,
let us awaken our faith by rising above the cries of the flesh.
Are we not children of the Most High?
Let us hold steadfastly to this gift that is God-given,
that will lead us upward along the way of life.
In studying and applying cooperation,
in using the knowledge we have gained in knowing ourselves,
in holding to our ideal, and
in never letting our faith falter,
we are building step by step
that which may become living truth
in the lives of individuals
with whom we come in contact.
As we apply what we know,
there is given a greater understanding
of how our faith may increase
and become a living thing in our experience.
We are in our daily lives reflections of what we worship.
Let our light so shine that others seeing the light in us may glorify God.
WHERE FAITH ABOUND
Only in the heart that is free from selfish love
can there come a faith that will sustain all conditions of life.
Our faith must be a sustaining faith, a living faith,
one that we can try out daily and know to be sure and steadfast.
Where there is real faith, there is no fear,
for with faith in the abiding love of the Father,
what cause is there for us to have an anxious moment?
Every step of the way is shown to us who are faithful,
for His word is a lamp to our feet.
When the way is dark and barriers seems impassable, then the light of the Sun of righteousness
shines forth to us who abide in the promises He made.
When faith abide within, we have true freedom
and the assurance that we have no master save Jesus the Christ,
and that we are protected by the strong arm of the Father.
The feeling of security, protection and peace
that passes understanding is found no where else.
Faith is the promise sent on before to show that whatever we ask we have.
The solution of mental problems is more important to man than physical.
This does not seem true to the average man
lost in the twisted paths of materialism.
Free the mind and the battle is almost won.
Mental anguish is far greater than physical pain.
The mind can conquer physical pain.
It is necessary for the spiritual forces to aid the suffering mind.
The savage worship a god who will send rain and sun shine
and protect him from lighting.
The philosopher seeks a god who will give him peace in mind and soul.
Do we know in whom we believe?
If so. then the ideal or standard toward which we move
become the basis for the activity of faith
in constant action from the mental, imaginative and spiritual forces.
Thus we may express or bring into manifestation
that which is held as our ideal - not for self-exaltation,
but rather to show the blessings we have received
and to see them manifested in the lives of others.
Let us look within ourselves and know that we are workers together with God.
We should analyze ourselves to find out just where the flesh is weak,
where we are most likely to fail, and then seek constant reinforcement of spirit
that will make us hold on with unwavering faith to our Ideal.
EVIDENCES OF FAITH
Personal Experience 1
"When the day is dark and the way is obscure
and we can still hold on, there is evidence that there is faith.
When the sea of life is rough and we have the courage
to step out boldly on the troubled waters,
it is because there is still the divine gift
at the very center of our being that is saying, 'Quiet! Be still!'
for 'I am with thee and will not leave thee.'
We have heard it.
We can hear it always, if we will only take the time to listen."
Personal Experience 2
"When doubts arise and the cloud of despair are thick,
do we not call out in the night,
'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'
Does not an answer come?
Are we not stronger by having an experience
that give us a better understanding of our brother
who suffers in the same manner?"
Personal Experience 3
"Some years ago, I was with a party that was visiting a noted cavern.
Everyone seemed very happy.
After seeing in the cavern for a short time, I became very much frightened.
The thought came to me, 'How terrible, how dreadful it would be,
if we could not find our way out!'
The very air seemed to press in upon me.
Ages seemed to pass.
Then came the Voice that has sustained me so often:
'I am with you always.'
'Don't be afraid.'
(John 6: 20)
With these words there came the strengthening of my faith."
Personal Experience 4
"When loved ones are lingering in pain and no earthly help is nigh,
are there not evidences of the faith of our fathers revived,
when we pray and receive help?
It brings the greatest comfort to us,
not only in the trying times but at all times,
to know inwardly that His promises are sure."
REWARD OF FAITH
Our reward are in proportion to the faith we exercise.
"According to your faith will it be done to you."
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
There is no limit to the reward.
It is ours to measure, and ours to claim.
"Test me ... if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven
and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room for it."
Let us open ourselves as channels,
and have complete faith in God,
for the battle is the Lord's.
It remains to be seen what we can do
when we give ourselves unreservedly
into the hands of the Father.
"And I will ask the Father, and
He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever - the Spirit of truth."
"And what more shall I say?
I do not have time to tell about
Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets,
who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised ...
These were all commended for their faith,
yet none of them received what have been promised.
God had planned something better for us
so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."
(Hebrews 11:32-32, 39-40; 12:1,2)
Each have their own concept of faith.
Faith is grounded in experience in relationship
to life's activities in the material, or
to life's activities in the mental,
and depends upon what is held as the ideal.
First, the analysis of self.
Whether what is held is "confidence" or "faith."
This is the first question that should arise in the minds
of each individual.
Faith, as has been defined by Barnabas, is the substance
of things hoped for.
This is illustrated in the activities of individuals of how,
through the exercising of a person's right,
to bring into being the worlds that manifest before each individual.
And they look about them with the view:
To establish that they are a portion of the Whole.
To recognize everything around them.
To bring into manifestations by the exercising their right to do so.
Just like the spirit of the Father brings, through faith,
into being, into that sphere of man's own perception.
Brought into material aspects.
We find the greater portion partakes in "sensing",
or the nervous system "aware" of that concept.
This is confidence.
What is brought into the consciousness through
"the activity of the spiritual forces manifesting in and through
that of the spiritual force of the individual."
Then that becomes the essence of faith itself.
Pure faith is the accepting or rejecting without basis of reason.
Pure faith is beyond the ken or scope of that perceived
through man's five senses.
Yet to most individuals
little comes into the scope of acceptance
except that they live by the faith
of what they are aware of.
For, "You with the faith that is as much as a mustard seed
may say to the mountain move and cast into the sea."
Most say they believe, and yet begin at once to explain
as to how this means in the mental rather than in
the material source.
Hence we find faith is not of the senses,
else it becomes confidence in personalities of
the experiences of the senses within themselves or others.
Then, when troubles and doubts arise, they immediately
begin to sink, even as Peter in the presence of Life itself.
Let each examine themselves in the light of what
they have attained with the concept of their individual ideal.
And we will find which faith (confidence or pure faith)
is in their experience.
Study to show yourself approved by God day by day.
Rightly divide the words of truth.
Keep self unspotted from the world.
There is builded in the meditations, and in the gathering
of the understanding necessary to bring about a revolution,
a revelation, an awakening in this place that has not been
seen in many a day!
Make those truths known to self to be living truths,
through the active force of the spirit of truth itself.
He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet receives
the prophet's reward, or the ability of that individual (prophet)
spiritual force manifest in the life of that individual.
Hence, as each teacher, minister or seer, or prophet, receives
give life from faith and hope held by that individual.
In the Christ is found the advocate with the Father
and the Spirit of the Father glorified through
the spiritual activity of any individual.
For individuality is the last to be lost from here.
Just as man in spirit overcomes death in the material.
Just as the Christ overcame death in the material,
and was able to put immortality in a material world.
Bringing to man, to flesh, the ability
to be one with the Father and
magnifying the Father in the individual
while in the material plane.
Each in their respective spheres are stepping-stones
to awaken the knowledge of the Son in their lives.
Magnify in the words of mouth, the acts of the body
and hand, what has been given day by day.
The ideal is for a growth:
The activities of the physical and mental consciousness
through confidence brings that seeking of the mental body
and material body to awaken to the spiritual activities.
So may the growth in faith bring the activating forces
of the spirit that makes alive in the flesh.
In the exercising of faith, the next step shall come for enlightenment.
In the exercising of talent or ability that is the heritage of each.
In the cooperation of one with another.
In the light seen in each through the chosen ideal of the individual,
and the group.
In the presenting of what has learned, what is chosen,
through action in response to surrounding environs.
In the seeking for knowledge as the will give expression
to what is experienced within the individual.
In responding to opportunities presented from day to day
to put the experience into active thought, active being.
In activating, one with another, toward what may
be given out to others to enlighten them in respect to
their relationships with the Creative Forces, and with
their fellow man.
As is seen by those of the first lessons, these are built
step by step.
That there may be seen and may become
a living truth in the lives of individuals.
Known and seen by those who may come in contact
either with the life of the individuals applying these,
or what may be given by the group as a whole.
As has been promised,
"My grace is sufficient", and
"Take no thought of what you shall say in the hour of trial or test,
for what is necessary for the renewing of that spirit that makes for
the understanding of 'His Spirit bears witness with your spirit'"
will be given
Meet each step shown to you, remembering that He promised,
"I am with you always, even until the end of the world.
I will not leave you comfortless, but will come to you,
and he that takes my cross shall not bear it alone."
Add to your faith works, that show attributes
that are expressions of His Spirit in the world.
(such as love, hope, patience, etc)
So shall the faith, become the evidence of things not seen,
and His grace, His mercies, will abide with you whereever you go.
Peace be with you!
Not as the world gives peace; rather self's personality lost in Him.
"Use what you have in hand, for the ground you stand is holy!"?
As each individual uses the knowledge and understanding
pertaining to the attributes of the spirit of truth, life, light
So come that growth, that which brought the worlds into being;
and being, places, things, spots, that are brought into being
through such activity of an entity, self, is indeed holy.
There is in the self, in the entity, seeking what may be found,
and may come to self to know the closer relationships with
the Holy Activating Forces in a material world.
We should fill those that have been outlined
with experiences of individuals, such are the tests of faith
or confidence, according to that held as the ideal; and,
whether it partakes of the physical conscious sense or that of the
spiritual intuitive forces that comes from close communion with the
Holy Spirit, the promised Comforter, the consciousness of the Christ.
Pray, "Create in me a pure heart, O God".
As in the physical body "the heart" is considered the seat,
or the source of what impels life to all portions of the body.
In that sense, then, in creating in me a pure heart,
a pure soul, a pure purpose, that in all forces,
all circumstance, all conditions, in all the active forces
of the body, in mind or in physical contact,
may bring that life, light, understanding, to those contacted
- as does the heart to the body.
This attribute, or representation then, is used
to signify that purpose, that intent, that life,
that characterization, of the active forces of an entity,
a body, a mind, the imaginative forces, the conscious forces,
the subconscious or soul forces.
Not as of the subconscious alone; rather illustrates
the seat, the source, the activating forces that impel those
to do His biddings.
As: "Create within me a pure heart, O God, and renew
a righteous holy spirit within me."
As was brought into creation, in the beginning,
there are the attributes of every force, power, that may be
magnified in whatever source of creation that is exemplified
in the act.
In man given as the will, and the soul, with that given
the attribute to keep those forces in a line with what
takes from the source of its emanation, and in faith - then
- grows (the will) to be one with; or going away from,
by the exercising of will in another direction.
So the soul, or what separates an entity from the whole,
grow in whatever direction the exercising of the attribute
(faith), as gift, as a force, as power, magnified
in the creation of forces in the beginnings.
So it shows forth in individuals according to the manner
or way in which the faith is used as those attributes
of individuals related to the Creative Force, or God himself.
"Most say they believe, and yet begin at once to explain
what this means in the mental rather in the material
As has just been outlined as to how faith, an attribute,
came into being as the Son in which the faith is magnified
to make those active forces in the will, and the growth of the soul.
So, as is seen in individuals that would say, "Yes, I believe
- but" "but" meaning there is doubt.
That by the comparison of some individual, individuals
or circumstances in their experience, when, where, or how,
that individuals spoke yet acted in a manner as if that did not exist!
Then, creating that doubt for self, applying to self,
brings about the opposite of faith, or else
partakes of that within the conscious mind that begins
with the lessons that must be answered by the attributes
of the physical consciousness, that seek for
a demonstration through those senses of the body
that makes for an awareness to the physical being.
Yet these are manners in which the variations to individuals
reach those various conditions or circumstances in their experience.
Reading 262-16 has little or no value to the lesson of Faith
In the study of lesson on Faith, this becomes a living truth
as each applies in their experience that gained in meditation and
prayer upon that attribute of Creative Forces.
Faith in essence is creative in its active principle
in experiences of individuals in their lives.
As one applies what is known, there is then given the understanding
as to what may increase or enlarge, or make same become living
in their experience.
Faith is the essence of creative forces within the active force of
an individual to which they apply themselves in the spiritual activity
of their experience.
In the application of what is known to self as an expression of
that faith as manifested in every child of God - that in its active force
puts that known into operation - does this grow, expand, or become
the basis of the activities of self in those directions as necessary.
As the ensample, or examples, as were given by those patriarch of old,
or as has been experienced in self's own experience, that once awakened
to the abilities within self dare to do for Him that as has been done
even for self!
There has been given by those in the orthodox manner those who
should, through faith, laying on of hands, anointing with oil, praying
There is, in the broader sense, innate in each individual what may
be awakened to those abilities in their activity.
Are they willing to attune themselves to the laws as pertain to the
active forces in self's own experience, keeping self unspotted and
clean from the world, and keeping that which brings according in the
body that necessary for its awakening to its own spiritual activity.
Who shall do such? Such are called in their own experience.
Knowing that to some is given teaching, to others healing,
to others ministry, to others the various forces that are attributes
of His love, His force, in a material world.
One that is given any of these, then, let them sanctify
their selves, their bodies, their minds, to his fellow man's service;
for he that lendeth to the Lord covers a multitude of sins.
Sufficient to the day is the evil or the good thereof.
Put rather in practice what is known in the present is sufficient
to make the growth attain that as may be even greater manifested in
For that as experience in the various spheres of activity is as the
background and the staying forces, that through faith, through the
promise, all things are brought to remembrance in your spiritual activity!
Each thought, each atom, has its own weight as is expended
in whatever direction it may be guided by the thought of self!
To be sure, it accomplishes, then, that in self and that outside of self.
He that doubteth, then - doubteth self, doubteth Him!
There are given to each their own respective
manners of meditation, from their varied experiences, as to how,
as to form of meditation.
If form becomes that that is the guiding element, then the hope or
the faith is lost in form!
He that made long prayer, or he that not even raised his eyes but
smote his breast and said, "God be merciful to me, a sinner!"
Who was justified?
He that in humbleness of self, humbleness of mind, humbleness of
the whole Individuality (Losing personality in Him) comes; and in
whatsoever manner that - whether prone, whether standing, whether
walking, or whether sleeping - we live, we die, in the Lord.
By exemplifying faith in self; for we individuals are as reflections to
others of that we worship in our own selves.
Let your light so shine that others, seeing their light, may glorify God.
Continuing to lose self in the thought of Him who is able to make
the tiny seed bring forth the great tree.
As self is lost in doing His biddings does the Faith grow; for growth
is made through the exercising of, the losing of, self in Him.
In Him, then, as we see the attributes of the Father in the daily
walks of life.
By Faith a cup of water given brings its reward to self, and quenches
the thirst of the thirsty.
By Faith a kind word brings that joy to the one spoken to, and to self
that knowledge of - in His name.
Not that it brings to self as a reward, but the reward is as of that
brought to self by the act.
Seek and you shall find.
Know in whom you believe, and believe in faith.
He is able to commit that you have committed to Him against
any condition in your experience.
Your will, O Lord, be done - not mine!
Ask - leave the result with Him.
His promises are sure.
"Heaven and earth may pass away, but my promise shall not pass
Put what you have to the test in your self.
Know that, as it is used, it grows.
As the ideal of an entity is set, and the entity knows or gives
that activity, or the abilities of its ideal in a given direction,
then the use of that as is in hand as respecting such an ideal
strengthens all attributes as respecting the activities of same in self.
So, as is given, use what you have in hand, for the more perfect
understanding comes with the more knowledge of what is known
that may be used in the daily experiences of self.
Prepare yourself the way for the next lesson,
that should come with this - Virtue and Understanding;
and as you meditate, as this:
Let Virtue and Understanding be in me,
for my defense is in You, O Lord, my Redeemer;
For You hear the prayer of the upright in heart.
Updated: 7 August 2013