Friday, October 2, 2009
LIVING WORDS: STAY IN FAITH
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
Luke 22:31, 32
The realm of faith is not a place we run in and out at intervals. Christianity is a faith-life, a life of faith. When you are not operating in faith, it is no longer Christianity – it is something else. Maturity in the faith-life is one of the major characteristics of real spirituality. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” and Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38 all declare: “the just shall live by faith” Stay in the faith realm. Faith is not just important to the Christian life; it is the life wire of Christianity. The Christian who would not walk in faith cannot please God for without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6).
You can see the importance of faith in our daily walk with God from the prayer of the Lord Jesus for Peter. “…that thy faith fail not:…” You see, faith failure to the spirit is what heart failure is to the body. You must be sure to fan to flames the embers of your faith – never let it quench, it is deadly! The Apostle Paul tells Timothy that many have erred along the faith line and have made shipwreck (1 Timothy 1:19). Faith is more than the tool we use in receiving ‘a miracle’ from the Lord. Faith does something to the recreated human spirit that brings it into perfect harmony with the Father-God through fellowship in the Word. Fellowship with God is on the bases of faith and the Word. Faith is what keeps us on our knees, it is what makes us take heavy doses of the Word, it is what makes us live everyday with joy unspeakable full of the glory of God despite the odds. When we walk in faith, the spirit realm becomes more real to us than the physical world. That is actually what it is because the spirit realm controls the physical and the physical world came from the spiritual. That is why spiritually-minded Saints are not moved by what moves mere men.
We are more useful to God when we actually live the faith-life because God is a faith-God and His children must be faith-children too to operate with Him on a balanced and equal level. It is too costly to live in unbelief and doubt. With the present economic and political situation in the world, it is so easy for fear and doubt to find their way into anyone. But you must always have your shield of faith on to quench every fiery dirt the enemy is throwing – it’s a fight of faith! You’ve got to be alert and faithful to the Word of God. It’s actually a choice to live the faith-dominated life. So choose to stay in faith. I pray for you that your faith fail not in Jesus Name. Amen.