Faith Vs. Common Sense

Your common sense is your natural ability to make good judgments and to behave in a practical and sensible way.  An internal sense, formerly believed to be the sense by which information from the other five senses is understood and interpreted.  An ordinary sensible understanding, or one’s basic intelligence which allows for plain understanding and without which good decisions or judgment can not be made.  It is the sense that tells you not to approach a ravaging dog, lest you get bit.  Or jump in a fire that is blazing.  Common sense says that we shouldn’t do these things, because we will get hurt.  Common sense also tells us some things are just inevitable, and impossible.  Common sense tells us if we jump out of a plane, we need a parachute because it is impossible to fly.  Or it is impossible to breathe underwater.  I think I can easily say, Common sense, is self-explanatory.   Its just Common sense.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.  Faith is believing in what is true.  Faith has two elements.

Being convinced of the truth, being certain of reality, having evidence of unseen things.

Believing, hoping in, embracing, seizing, the truth.

Faith can only come by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  So you hear the word, you believe it to be true, even though it may be unseen, and you embrace and seize that truth.  But without faith, it is impossible to please God.

So what is the point in comparing these two?  Well Christians seem to be confused today whether they should have faith that Christ will provide or use common sense in saying it CAN’T happen!

For example: A small church is having a revival.  They are a little tight on money so they can not pay the special evangelists, special singers and etc. so instead of having a 7 day revival, they shorten it to 4 days.  And on the 4th day after the whole house was getting a new and fresh anointing, a few church members ask there pastor to extend the revival to the 7 days for they feel that God will do great things if they continue.  He too has seen and felt the spirit of God moving and doing wonders, but still insists that the church budget is to thin and they can not have any other services.  So instead of following the spirit and listening to God’s word “Quench not the Spirit” 1 Thessalonians 5:19, The church battles with financial trouble, even to this day.

So why does the church still suffer from financial trouble?  The church leaders decided, they didn’t have money to finance the whole revival.  So Common sense says, “Its impossible”.  They probably said “We are not a big church, who have big barriers.  We are a small church so lets be “realistic” and have small barriers lest we get ourselves in deeper trouble.  But when a few church members who may or may not be aware of the church finances, wanted something more, the Pastor insisted it just CAN’T be done.  He put a limit on God, and quenched the spirit by cutting the revival short.  They missed there blessing and now are still in financial trouble.

Common sense says that some things are impossible and isn’t worth the effort in trying.  Common sense tells us that if we decided to take the leap of faith we could possible end up in trouble.  But what does the word say about our common sense?  Matthew 6:34 says take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  So if the Spirit tells you (even through other people) that something should be done, don’t think about the consequences that will follow.  Have faith that the Lord will provide.  He had promised us that He will never leave us or forsake us.

So what happens when we decide to let go of our common sense and have faith in God?

The bible says that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, say to this mountain be ye moved over yonder and it will obey you.  Or tell a tree be plucked up and plant yourself in the sea, it will obey you.  We have seen the miraculous things Jesus done while he was on earth, but Jesus told us “These things in which I have done, you will do greater!”

When Jesus was asleep on the boat, and the disciples were in a storm and cried out to him, JESUS WAKE UP AND SAVE US! Jesus calmed the storm and said oh ye of little faith.  Why?  Because they should have known that the boat wouldn’t sink with the Messiah on board? Or the fact that THEY could have calmed the storm itself?  Common sense says you need a boat to stay afloat on water, but faith tells me if I keep my eyes on Jesus, I can walk on water. Faith tells me that nothing is impossible, it tells me to BELIEVE the impossible, TRUST in Jesus to provide a way for us.  The bible says that those that wait upon the Lord shall renew there strength.  The word “Wait” actually means waiting with expectations.  You need to EXPECT the Lord to hear your prayers and to reach his hand down when you need him.

There is a story of a man who didn’t have a car, and had to hike over a mountain to get to church.  That mountain would really wear him out before he got there so he prayed “Dear God, you have said in your word if I have faith the size of a mustard seed I can tell this mountain to be moved.  So Mountain, Be moved so I can get to church!”  He went to bed and woke up the next morning and it was just as he expected, the mountain was still there.

Why? Why is the mountain still there?  Because he expected it to be there.  He didn’t trust that the Lord would provide him a way, He didn’t expect God to hear his prayer and do the impossible for a single man like him.  But God WANTS to do these things for you.  He tells us “Ask anything you desire and I will give it to you!”  When we are a born again Christian, we can ask God for anything we desire, example, “Lord, I need out of this financial problem, help us.”  “Lord, my son is sick, heal him.” or even “Lord, My son just flat-lined, BRING HIM BACK!”  And when you expect God to work in your life, He will!  It is absolutely amazing knowing we have a God, a Father, a Sovereign Lord, that will do anything for us.  He said he would never leave us or forsake us.

David said, No I have never seen the righteous forsaken, or God’s seed begging for bread.  Why? Because He loves us. And He wants to take care of us.  Some people ask well im still dealing with a sickness and im not healed but I have faith God can heal me.  Well first of, you said you have faith God can heal you! Next time say I have faith God HAS healed me.

Second, bible says you have not because you ask not.  Well I did ask for a healing but still haven’t got it!  Really? Did you really ask?  Asking is not just “Lord please heal me in Jesus name amen.”  Jesus said you need to Ask, your desire, you need to Seek out that desire, and then you Knock on his door to collect it.  Sickness befalls on you then don’t even bother asking for a healing.  But tell the sickness to leave you body, and to leave your house in Jesus Name, and it shall be done!  But it still isn’t working.  Oh ye of little faith.  If you have the faith then maybe you need to continue reading where Jesus says “Some things can only come by prayer and fasting.”

Faith, is the very substance of Christianity.  It is the evidence that people desire to have.  It is the very thing that can heal, renew, rebuild and etc.  The bible says without faith it is impossible to please God.  If a woman in a wheelchair asks you to pray that she can be healed, Command that healing in her body with your faith.  Because faith without works is dead.  You can believe in God, and believe he can make the Impossible Possible, but unless you do something about it, there is no point in your faith.  Impossible to please God without faith, but faith without works is Dead.

As a conclusion I’m going to say,  God loves us.  Oh how He loves us.  And He listens to your prayers.  He loves it when you ask Him to do something for you.  He loves to give you what you desire.  Like a Father loves his Son, a Father wants to see His Son happy.  And will do anything for him.  Jesus loves us.  He wants to give you a healing, or save your family, or move a mountain or calm a storm.  He wants to do things like that for you because nothing is to big for Him and He wants to make you happy.  But sometimes, Common sense gets in the way of your faith.  It’s time to close your eyes from the physical realm, and open them in the spiritual.  And it’s time that we walk by faith, and not by sight.

My prayer “Lord, increase my faith, daily, help me rid of my carnal mind that says it’s impossible, and help me remember, with you everything is possible.


One response to “Faith Vs. Common Sense

  1. Matthew,

    I enjoyed this article immensely! You and I do differ on our interpretations of what faith is, but you write with such passion and conviction!

    I personally think that as a Christian, “common-sense” is The Spirit talking to us. You illustrate it as being less than spiritual, and in the context of your article it made sense, if you will, to look at it thusly. However, being controlled by The Spirit has made my instinct of common-sense that much more acute. I view my instinct of common-sense as The Spirit guiding and keeping me grounded and realistic.

    This is NOT to say that my common-sense doesn’t think BIG and beyond the natural! Oh, no, far from it. In daily life The Spirit guides me in making rational decisions and judgments that keep me in the favor of men and God. In the spiritual realm, however, my common-sense says nothing is impossible for God, so I have no limitations as to how deeply or how far my faith will go.

    I reckon it is just a matter of semantics between us. I see you version of common-sense as being rooted in the flesh, and thusly it has limitations of the flesh and the hatred that the flesh has for The Spirit and His works. In your article common-sense is weak and limited. I get that. Like I said, it is probably just semantics.

    I do so enjoy your “ramblings” and “rantings” my friend! Now if I could only convince you that Once Saved, Always Saved is better than your belief on salvation….LOL! Jokes, Matthew, jokes!

    Thanks for the spiritual food! God bless you and yours, brother!

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