“Fake it ’til you make it” is such an interesting phrase, especially when you consider that thoughts shape how your actions will be and actions shape how your thoughts will be.
I’m sure that most in the Manosphere has seen Amy Cuddy’s Ted talk about how posture shapes who you are and vice versa. Likewise, studies on posture have been performed and “power poses” have been associated with feeling better and increased testosterone, while “fearful poses” have been associated with uneasiness, worry, and increased cortisol.
However, we already know that this is talked about in the Scriptures extensively in Proverbs and other places. When you do what is right and good it shapes how you feel and leads towards more upright and good behavior. It’s a positive feedback loop.
Likewise, let’s talk about this in one of the fundamental aspects of Christianity.
Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) Now faith (pistis) is the [a]assurance (hupostasis) of things [b]hoped (elpizō) for, the [c]conviction (elegchos) of things not seen (blepō).
You can see in this short passage there’s a lot to unpack here.
Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) Now faith (pistis) is the [a]assurance (hupostasis) of things [b]hoped (elpizō) for,
G4102 — πίστις — pistis — pis’-tis
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
G5287 — ὑπόστασις — hupostasis — hoop-os’-tas-is
From a compound of G5259 and G2476; a setting under (support), that is, (figuratively) concretely essence, or abstractly assurance (objectively or subjectively): – confidence, confident, person, substance.
G1679 — ἐλπίζω — elpizō — el-pid’-zo
From G1680; to expect or confide: – (have, thing) hope (-d) (for), trust.
Faith or pistis is basiscally one of the fruits of the Spirit that we have (faithfulness). We have faith because we trust in God to meet us in our need. As seen in the word hupostasis, we have a support under us — God — and his essence that we are confident in. This is similar to the same trust that we put in engineering when we drive over a bridge or a chair when we sit down on it. We have the knowledge that God is our support.
Likewise, this gives way to Hope and eventually to Love as I discussed in Anchored Souls. We have the Hope because we know that God’s nature is revealed to us in His creation, His Scriptures, and many other ways, and that gives way to Hope that He will do what He promised to us IF we follow His commands.
Our faith is connected to hope which is connected to love. This is shown through our actions.
the [c]conviction (elegchos) of things not seen (blepō).
G1650 — ἔλεγχος — elegchos — el’-eng-khos
From G1651; proof, conviction: – evidence, reproof.
G991 — βλέπω — blepō — blep’-o
A primary verb; to look at (literally or figuratively): – behold, beware, lie, look (on, to), perceive, regard, see, sight, take heed. Compare G3700.
Because we have the knowledge that God is our support — our help (ezer) and our shield — we don’t need to see what He is doing to know that He is working. Indeed, we typically don’t see evidence of God working in the midst of a situation, but we usually see in hindsight that when we do His will He works everything out for good.
Romans 8:28 (NASB) And we know that [a]God causes all things to work together for good to those who love (agapaō) God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
The word used for love here is agapao — the verb — and not agape. Obviously, it’s those who are doing God’s will (Love) and those who are doing His purpose that have this promise. If you are not walking in what God wants you to do you do not have this promise. It’s conditional.
Faith is essentially what it means to “fake it ’til you make it” in spiritual terms.
It’s easy to love those who love you. We cry out to God in the midst of hard situations to do the right thing. It’s virtually impossible for any rational human to love your enemies without the help (ezer) of God. Yet, that is precisely to what we are called:
Luke 6:27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who [o]mistreat you. 29 Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your [p]coat, do not withhold your [q]shirt from him either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 [r]Treat others the same way you want [s]them to treat you. 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, [t]expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 [u]Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
When you take a step of faith into doing something that God has called it may feel like you’re faking it because you’re afraid:
- Whether it be speaking out in defense of Jesus,
- speaking out in defense of the unborn,
- calling men and women on their rudeness,
- calling other Christians out on their sin,
- loving your enemies and doing good to them,
- loving a wife who is contentious and rebellious,
- respecting your husband,
- stepping into uncomfortable situations expecting to grow
- or many others
But that is precisely what faith is because God will meet you in that need. Being Strong and Courageous is something that is built through actions.
Doing the righteous and good thing is always beneficial because it will reinforce good habits, and it will change you from the outside in. Even if you’re doing it for the wrong reason or if you don’t feel like it.
Faith is actions where you feel you may faking it, but you trust God will help you to do what is good and help you grow from that situation.
Faith in action is one of the greatest lies of our time because all faith is shown through action (James 1, James 2, Ephesians 2). I believe and my life is changed by His power to do what is right and good. The impression is that you can have faith with no actions is false because knowledge (about faith) puffs up but love (agapao) builds up.
No amount of thinking matters. Stand up for what you believe. It starts with the small things: everyday conversation and your daily habits. Examine them. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.
Note: Credit to goes to my pastor for some of the insight.