Gregory Neal | – "Active Faith"

James 2:14-17
By: Dr. Gregory S. Neal
Senior Pastor: Lakewood United Methodist Church
September 5, 2021

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  1. Amen 🙂

    T-19.I.10. Faith is the opposite of fear, as much a part of love as fear is of attack. 2 Faith is the acknowledgment of union. 3 It is the gracious acknowledgment of everyone as a Son of your most loving Father, loved by Him like you, and therefore loved by you as yourself. 4 It is His Love that joins you and your brother, and for His Love you would keep no one separate from yours. 5 Each one appears just as he is perceived in the holy instant, united in your purpose to be released from guilt. 6 You see the Christ in him, and he is healed because you look on what makes faith forever justified in everyone.

    T-19.I.11. Faith is the gift of God, through Him Whom God has given you. 2 Faithlessness looks upon the Son of God, and judges him unworthy of forgiveness. 3 But through the eyes of faith, the Son of God is seen already forgiven, free of all the guilt he laid upon himself. 4 Faith sees him only now because it looks not to the past to judge him, but would see in him only what it would see in you. 5 It sees not through the body's eyes, nor looks to bodies for its justification. 6 It is the messenger of the new perception, sent forth to gather witnesses unto its coming, and to return their messages to you.

    T-19.I.12. Faith is as easily exchanged for knowledge as is the real world. 2 For faith arises from the Holy Spirit's perception, and is the sign you share it with Him. 3 Faith is a gift you offer to the Son of God through Him, and wholly acceptable to his Father as to Him. 4 And therefore offered you. 5 Your holy relationship, with its new purpose, offers you faith to give unto your brother. 6 Your faithlessness has driven you and him apart, and so you do not recognize salvation in him. 7 Yet faith unites you in the holiness you see, not through the body's eyes, but in the sight of Him Who joined you, and in Whom you are united.

    T-19.I.13. Grace is not given to a body, but to a mind. 2 And the mind that receives it looks instantly beyond the body, and sees the holy place where it was healed. 3 There is the altar where the grace was given, in which it stands. 4 Do you, then, offer grace and blessing to your brother, for you stand at the same altar where grace was laid for both of you. 5 And be you healed by grace together, that you may heal through faith.

    T-19.I.14. In the holy instant, you and your brother stand before the altar God has raised unto Himself and both of you. 2 Lay faithlessness aside, and come to it together. 3 There will you see the miracle of your relationship as it was made again through faith. 4 And there it is that you will realize that there is nothing faith cannot forgive. 5 No error interferes with its calm sight, which brings the miracle of healing with equal ease to all of them. 6 For what the messengers of love are sent to do they do, returning the glad tidings that it was done to you and your brother who stand together before the altar from which they were sent forth.

    T-19.I.15. As faithlessness will keep your little kingdoms barren and separate, so will faith help the Holy Spirit prepare the ground for the most holy garden that He would make of it. 2 For faith brings peace, and so it calls on truth to enter and make lovely what has already been prepared for loveliness. 3 Truth follows faith and peace, completing the process of making lovely that they begin. 4 For faith is still a learning goal, no longer needed when the lesson has been learned. 5 Yet truth will stay forever.

    T-19.I.16. Let, then, your dedication be to the eternal, and learn how not to interfere with it and make it slave to time. 2 For what you think you do to the eternal you do to you. 3 Whom God created as His Son is slave to nothing, being lord of all, along with his Creator. 4 You can enslave a body, but an idea is free, incapable of being kept in prison or limited in any way except by the mind that thought it. 5 For it remains joined to its source, which is its jailer or its liberator, according to which it chooses as its purpose for itself.

    (Source: A Course in Miracles)