"By the word
of the LORD the heavens were made,
and all the host of them
by the breath of His mouth."
After Jesus spoke a parable to His disciples that men should pray always and not lose heart, He said, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8
Jesus was speaking to His disciples, but this message was meant for a generation to come: The Church of the End of Days before the great tribulation.
WILL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?
These words have always disturbed me. Why? Because it seems that faith can decline, both individually and corporately.
When I began my walk with the Lord in 1978, the Body of Christ was exceedingly joyful over the subject of faith. But it seems that excitement and enthusiasm for faith has faded.
“Take heed what you hear…” Mark 4:24
When the children of Israel were delivered from the bondage of slavery in Egypt, Moses sent out 12 leaders to spy out the land which God said He was giving them. Caleb and Joshua had faith in God and boldly declared it, “…we are well able to overcome.”
The other leaders said they were not able to take the land for the people there were stronger than them; after all, the giants were there! They released a flood of fear-filled words and emotions based on natural circumstances.
“There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:33
GRASSHOPPER MENTALITY: “We’re alone!”
These 10 leaders were able to paint a picture of death and destruction to their tribes because that was what they believed. As a result, fear and despair swept over the entire nation as they trusted in their leaders. They cried and wept all night…blaming God in their sorrow.
What would have happened if God had let His people go in to take the land with no faith in Him? Think of the millions of people, all of their livestock, belongings, and the riches they had just acquired from Egypt… Selah
YOU CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT ME
Jesus died to give us a new identity.
It is called, “In Him.”
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:7-8
Jesus said, “Have faith in God” or “Have the God kind of faith.” Mark 11:22
Faith and your knowledge of God’s Word operate in unity. When acted on, they produce the supernatural.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.” 1 John 5:4
We could say that our faith came from another Kingdom.
“And His kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103:19
Developed Faith vs. Underdeveloped Faith
Sometimes as people get up in years, they are not as active as they once were. As a result their muscles become flabby and weak. Some may need a walker to walk short distances. Not long ago, we saw a program about the Senior Olympics. People in their 80’s, 90’s, even 100 years old were competing in sports commonly considered only for the young. It really was amazing! These athletes did not sit on the couch watching TV all day. They exercised regularly to remain active.
As Christians walk and live by faith, not only does faith grow but the anointing of God increases because we have more knowledge of the operation of Kingdom ways. Walking by faith means exercising the authority of the Word, and resisting circumstances that come to steal the Word and its value. That ball is in our court, Beloved. James 4:6-7.
If our faith is not in continual operation it will begin to decline and become flabby and weak. It may seem hardly noticeable at first, but year after year of neglect can have a Believer walking, talking, and thinking like a child…or just like the world.
This is not God’s will.
“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” Hebrews 2:1
WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14
Do you have this verse memorized? You should.
This is one of the verses that are the foundation of our daily “life of faith.”
It is the mighty sword of the spirit when we use it against doubt, unbelief, and lies that come to steal The Word. You are redeemed by the blood that our precious Savior shed…redeemed from sin yes…but also redeemed from sickness, disease, pain, sorrow, grief, and lack/poverty.
Did God Really Say…?
Adam and Eve did not use their dominion right of authority over the serpent in the garden. Instead of authority, or using their faith against the deceiver, Adam allowed Satan to lure Eve with a question and then to plant the lie, “You will not surely die.” See Genesis 3:1-6.
The same tactics are used today to steal faith in the Word of God.
The written promises of God are firm and concrete, just as if God came down, became visible to you, and spoke with you face to face.
Fight the good fight of faith through the truth of God’s anointed Word. Remember how Jesus used the written Word against His enemy? See Matthew 4:1-11.
“THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH”
Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Hebrews 10:38
Faith in what? Jesus said, “Have faith in God.”
That is not only a command, but a gift, like someone offering you a cookie.
“Here, take My faith and use it. Develop it.”
“So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.’” Mark 11:22-24
“But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?”’ (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, ‘“Who will descend into the abyss?”’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
And I might add, faith is transferred by hearing the word of God from someone who really believes it, acts on it, and is prospering from it.
Romans 10:6-10 is the way you got born again. This is the way that all God’s promises are received into the earth realm: through the heart. But first they must be heard and then they must be acted on without letting them go until they manifest.
Your confession or expression of what you believed in your heart solidified an eternal contract between you and your Savior, Jesus Christ, and made you a citizen of Heaven; His ambassador on earth.
The Kingdom of God is within you. You are never alone.
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GROWING IN FAITH
It’s all about living by faith…one day at a time. What you do today will affect your tomorrows…
One day we will stand before the Lord and give an account of what we allowed in our lives… not following the ways of the first Adam…but rather what we accomplished through faith by following the last Adam, Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:45
“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE:
Standing in faith, praying for our counties! Isaiah 40:3-11
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“THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH”
- Need a faith transfusion?
- Has your faith been shipwrecked? 1 Timothy 1:19
- Want to study more about the subject of faith?
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