Are Faith & Belief the same?
Are Faith and Belief the same? The short answer is NO.
‘Faith is active and belief is passive’
Many years ago I was away from home and found my self in a difficult financial situation. To make the stress worse, I found a large lump in my breast.
As much as I disliked the idea of going to the doctors I couldn’t come up with an other answer. A cyst showed up in the ultra-sound. The doctors decided a simple pin prick would dissolve it. It was an easy and painless process they said. However, as the needle went penetrated the breast I screamed out in horrendous pain. They completed the procedure but it was another couple of days before I could touch my breast again, only to find the lump hadn’t changed. My attitude slumped, but I used the I AM affirmations to see me through the mental and emotional pain.
Within a couple of days my spirits rose and I was able to take the next step which led me to making an appointment with the specialist/surgeon. Each day I continued to go through a spiritual ritual and opened up the gift of I AM declarations to keep my self-talk and my spirits up. I had faith the lump would be gone by the time my appointment day arrived. Each morning, I checked and I was surprised to find the lump still there and not even changed.
The lump was still there on my way out of the house on the morning of my appointment. As I left, I noticed an open newspaper with a message that lit up like a neon sign:
‘Faith and Belief are different. Faith is active and belief is passive’
I didn’t get this logically, but I knew that somehow this message had registered in my heart.
I AM The miracle
Off I went to the specialist still scratching my head. Less than an hour later the doctor couldn’t find any sign of a lump. At first I thought he must be mad, how could he miss it? He was right. When I checked it myself, there was nothing to be felt or found. Following the doctor’s suggestion, I made another appointment for an ultra sound. I wasn’t sure if I really needed it, but some how I knew the answer would come. The day before the appointment I rang still not sure if I would cancel or confirm the appointment. When the receptionist answered my call I mentioned my name and that I was inquiring about my appointment due tomorrow. She informed me I had missed my appointment as it was yesterday! This time, I answered the call to ‘go home’ and as soon as I said yes, the way was shown and the money I needed showed up. https://ezinearticles.com/?Remember-Faith-Is-Active—Be-Willing-To-Take-That-First-Step&id=9578640 https://www.huffpost.com › entry › faith-and-belief_b_4166117
Faith transforms all belief
I look at it this way. Our beliefs are man-made, formed from the outside-in. Some are learned, and many are created from experiences through out life. Even more are likely to be passed on through multiple generations. Although they may be true for the person holding them, they are not necessarily true for those who inherit them. In time those beliefs may change according to our personal will and the will of the collective. People might believe in us and we can believe in our self, but these beliefs are still limited and may never lead to action. It takes Faith to see if what we believe in works, right? Regardless of the level of our self-belief we still need to take a step or sometimes a leap of Faith. https://mariebrunger.com/remembering-who-i-am-in-god-is-real/
I love this quote which someone shared a long time ago.
‘Fear knocked on the door and when faith answered there was no one there’
Faith is our natural Higher Self Belief
Many people think Faith is tied to a religion (and it can be), however it is not exclusive, it is inclusive. It is Universal, and a product of Spirituality. Yet it is a personal attitude available for everyone seeking to find something more within themselves, and to do something beyond their current circumstances. It allows us to shift beyond the attachments to how others see us and beyond the beliefs others have about us.
Shifting gears from Belief to Faith
Sometimes we need faith to get out of our comfort zone, and at times to let go of the control we think we have on our life (and on the lives of others). Unlike belief, Faith works from the inside out, It is always here, consistent, never changing and actively moving, directing us and protecting us, in a unique way for each and every one of us. It is our natural real higher sense of Self and Self-Belief. Belief can get us to the point of change, of moving forward, or ready to deliver those ideas into the world. Often, this is where we get stuck. There are many great ideas are there still locked away in people’s minds? How many dreams and desires still locked away in the hearts of people because of the fear of taking that next step?
If belief is our word, then faith is our works
It took me a long time to realise that Faith isn’t the absence of fear. It’s about feeling and facing the fear and stepping through it. If belief is our word then faith is our works. As we call upon Faith, we are able take that step or take that action which overcomes and dissolves the fear.
Thank you I AM Faith