The Gritty Truth about Faith
It’s not always pretty. In fact in the words of Pastor Mankins: Get “Ugly” For Jesus
The message brought about an intriguing thought, one I’ve had for some time. David praised God out of his clothes. Whether you’re hurt or joyous about a circumstance you often forget how it looks to others. Most often you’re just trying to accomplish a thing. Why not the tell others the gritty truth. Faith ain’t pretty. It gets hard at times but these are the times to push for the other side knowing God is there, with you and waiting for you, with the winning bouquet of Glory.
Enjoy this excerpt of The Message – Faith ain’t Pretty
A local tire store had an advertisement that caught my attention. The ad said, “Hello, neighbor! Tires ain’t pretty, but everyone needs tires, so you might as well get them from us at the best price.”
Some time later I was in a radical, wild church service where people were laughing, and shouting, and praising God. Some were even leaping for joy, running, and dancing! During all of this, the Lord spoke to me in this way, “Hello, neighbor! Faith ain’t pretty, but everyone needs faith! So get your faith from God and learn how to release your faith and respond to the Word and power of God.”
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.
…yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
(1 Peter 1:8,9)
Notice that between “believing” and “receiving” in these verses is “joy unspeakable.”
When you are really a Bible believing Christian, there must be some rejoicing with joy unspeakable. If the joy is “unspeakable,” you must let it out somehow through laughing, shouting, leaping , or dancing for joy. This kind of joy is full of glory. The spirit of faith declares the outcome even in the middle of adversity. You see the victorious end of the challenge you are facing.
Some people would have great faith, but they are too concerned about being pretty all the time. They want to look cool or sophisticated. Real Bible faith ain’t always pretty. (I know that may not be good English, but it is still true.)
For the entirety of Mark Mankins Message Read more at http://www.cfaith.com/index.php/article-display/19-articles/faith/21930-faith-ain-t-pretty
Source: The Spirit Of Faith by Mark Hankins