but not an affirmation of our error. In the final analysis, if we are walkingin darkness we simply cannot believe – because faith is always centeredin the Truth; in the light.
I John 1 states it clearly: "If we say that we have fellowship with him,and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in thelight, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and theblood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:6-7)Fellowship with God is in HIS LIGHT – because God Himself IS Light.There is NO fellowship with God in areas of darkness. Thus, to say thatwe can walk in darkness and believe the Truth at the same time iscontradictory.
Fake faith is often the result of walking in darkness and trying to dragGod along with us, "by faith." We don’t know God or the Truth but weknow we need to have faith and so we try to, "have faith," "generatefaith," "feel like we have faith," or we, "take the position of faith." Inreality, there is no, "position of faith," to take. There is only the Truth. Weeither know or believe it or we don’t. If we do – then our faith is TRUE. IFwe don’t, then our faith is fake.
TRUE faith is the outcome of seeing and embracing the Truth. FAKEfaith is the outcome of lacking the Truth – and so we fill in the blanks withsome aspect of our soul life, such as emotions.
It is not possible to overemphasize that TRUE FAITH is a relationshipthat is the outcome of seeing God Himself. I say this because it is so easyto get side tracked into thinking that faith is THING, or a FORCE, or aSTATE OF MIND. We think that if we can somehow achieve theseconditions that we can drag out of God our request. This is error.
Most people, without even realizing it, actually base their faith upontheir emotions – or upon some aspect of THEMSELVES. Some of us evenhave faith in our supposed ability to believe. This is an amazingdeception. For example, I have found myself, "monitoring," myself, "to seewhether I am believing." If I am, "believing," then I feel more certain thatGod is with me. If my monitor says I am, "not believing," then I go topieces. But this is all a deception. It puts my faith, not in God, but in myown ability to believe – and really, upon my ability to rightly, "monitor," mysupposed faith. If you really get to the basis of this deception, it is nothingmore than a religious routine that is going on completely within myself. Ithas little to do with God. It is not a relationship with God. It is me trying tomaintain or generate what I think is faith. It is not me standing in the light