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FAITH -- CHRIST SLEEPING ON THE BOAT

Let us eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.  Anyway, no one has returned from the afterlife to tell us there is life after death.   Christians say this and mean it because they love to eat and drink.  And yet a life focused on eating and drinking is, precisely, the great storm that tossed the small boat.   

When a Christian lives this way then faith, symbolized by Christ, is sleeping in his heart, "Christ dwells by faith in your heart."  You have forgotten to exercise and develop it.  Wake up.  Recall what you have believed.   

Your own faith will still the storm.  And though the devil will continue to attack you, he will not threaten you nor stir up the waves nor overwhelm the vessel.  John Climacus says,  "Faith furnishes prayer with wings without which it cannot soar to heaven." 

 

 

 

 

 

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