Building Faith. Rev. Sylvia Eriksson
“Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” Luke 17:19
We build our faith by recognizing the responsiveness of Spirit to our thoughts and prayers. Every time we set a firm intent to accomplish a goal, the required energies of the universe fall in line with our directive thought to bring our goal into fruition.
Early in our spiritual growth these happenings seem to be fortuitous coincidences but,
as we recognize more demonstrations of God’s hand moving through our circumstances, there comes the realization that there are no coincidences, Spirit is responding to our firm intentions.
The more demonstrations we receive, the more our faith is strengthened.
We then realize that our faith shapes Substance by changing the conditions around us by bringing about new and more favourable conditions that favour our firm intent.
As we recognize this God-given power, we build up our faith and use it to bless ourselves and all whom we meet.
As we see God’s power manifesting in our lives, so we also build up our faith in our own spiritual understanding.
We have found our truth that frees us from our previous ignorance.
It is as Jesus said, “ And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
However, we cannot sit idle and expect God to do all the work.
St James tells us that “faith without works is dead.” James 2:20
There is a saying in Unity and New Thought: “ Treat but move your feet.”
So while we are treating for healing or life changes we also move ourselves in the direction of our intentions by doing all we can to prepare ourselves for our new life.
This means working on ourselves until we have the skills and personal attributes needed to cope successfully with our new-found place in life.
Charles Fillmore tells us:
“Faith in the reality of things spiritual develops the faith center in the brain, called the pineal gland, when this mental eye is illuminated with spiritual faith it sheds a radiance that hovers like a halo around the head and extends in lessening degree throughout the whole body.
‘When thine eye be single, thy whole body is full of light.’
The halo that early artists painted around the heads of saints was not imaginary, but real . This illuminating power of faith covers the whole constitution of man, making him master of all the forces centering about spiritual consciousness.
Faith and Prayer go hand in hand.”
Charles Fillmore –Christian Healing – P, 89.