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You Lack Faith

This is an obvious statement - for everyone. Not one of us has the faith, or trust, we should as I haven't seen anyone, including the disciples move a mountain. Spiritual mountains maybe, but not physical ones. It took North Dakota many years to complete their mountain removal project (if you want an explanation of this, write back.)

There are many places in Scripture where having no faith/trust is defined. King David said the "fool has said I his heart, 'There is no God.' (Ps 14.1). Simply do a search of lack of faith/trust and you will find there are two categories. Matthew records in his 13th chapter that he was limited in performing miracles because of the people's lack of trust ---in Him. And they took offense at him. But Yeshua said to them, “The only place people don’t respect a prophet is in his home town and in his own house.” And he did few miracles there because of their lack of trust

Don't misunderstand this verse. These people had no trust in Yeshua. They also seemed to lack a trust in God, their Father. On the other hand we have a demonstration of trust by Avraham as recorded in Sha'ul's letter to the Roman congregation: His trust did not waver when he considered his own body — which was as good as dead, since he was about a hundred years old — or when he considered that Sarah’s womb was dead too. He did not by lack of trust decide against God’s promises. On the contrary, by trust he was given power as he gave glory to God, or he was fully convinced that what God had promised he could also accomplish. (Romans 4.19-21)

My understanding is that our faith/trust comes from God. Mark 9.24 states: Instantly the father of the child exclaimed, “I do trust — help my lack of trust!” Yet we are responsible to continue strengthening it.

Mishneh Torah states: But there are dispositions within which it is forbidden for a man to follow moderation, but rather he should distance himself from one extreme to the point [of going to] the other extreme. And [one such disposition] is haughtiness, such that the good path is not that a person just be modest, but rather he should be lowly of spirit and his spirit should be very cast down. And therefore, it is stated about Moshe, our teacher (Numbers 12:3), "very humble," and it does not only state, "humble. And therefore, our sages commanded (Avot 4:4), "Be very, very, lowly of spirit." And they also said (Sotah 4b), "Anyone who is haughty is denying a fundamental principle of faith, as it stated (Deuteronomy 8:14), "And your heart become haughty and you will forget the Lord, your God."

Rabbi Eliezer Parkoff wrote a book titled, "Trust Me! An anthology of emunah and bitachon. He suggests that our trust is the acting out of our faith. The concept of these words is based on the premise that "nothing in this world happens by chance." All things happen through God only. The two words are two sides of the same coin. Rabbi Parkoff suggests emunah is a general outlook where bitachon is the application of emunah in your life.

This is a tough subject to grasp. There are times when I ask God do I have the trust He desires, or just the trust I think He desires. There is a difference. Since faith/trust is as individual as the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I have always wondered why Christians seem to attack one for a 'lack of faith.' If someone brings a practical message to the table concerning an issue, they are treated like Iyov (Job) by his friends. "Where is your faith," or "Why do you lack faith?"

These words are not only insulting and hurtful to the target, but I contend they are even blasphemous and insulting to God Himself based on the above statement in Mark. All of us trust, and all of us should be asking God for more trust.

Yeshua seems to have the authority to question His brother's or sister's lack of trust. If He has that authority, they how can I question someone's trust, or lack or completeness without usurping His authority - Later, Yeshua appeared to the Eleven as they were eating, and he reproached them for their lack of trust and their spiritual insensitivity in not having believed those who had seen him after he had risen. (Mark 16.14) I can only see the results of the person's trust. All of us are at different levels. King David said that a fool says in his heart there is no God, yet Yeshua said call no one a fool. How are these compatible in the eyes of God?

David is proclaiming a truth. Yeshua is saying you can't see a person's heart. So you have neither the authority or right to call the person a fool. God does. Therefore, what right to we have to pronounce judgment on the level of trust w person has. God knows and is measuring it out increasingly as the person walks with Him. The person we are accusing of lacking in trust may have more than we do, therefore, we are elevating our status with God over our brother or sister. I don't need to repeat all of those Scripture.

Perhaps the understanding of Lev 19.18 - Love even your enemy for he is like yourself - is appropriate. Love is kind (1 Cor 13.4) and “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. For the way you judge others is how you will be judged — the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure to you. Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but not notice the log in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when you have the log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly, so that you can remove the splinter from your brother’s eye! (Matt 7.1-5)

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