Friday, April 27, 2007

Faith Is the Victory

What if there was one medium of exchange that could get anyone everything needed and desired in life? Money is fairly well established, but it can’t buy you love nor can it save your eternal soul. The satisfaction of a job well done or a life well lived lasts but for the fleeting moments that the memory is fresh: it's never too long before someone's asking, “What have you done for me lately?” A promise coming from another human being is not bankable either, just look at what the native Americans got from the new Americans, or what the baby-boomers will get out of the Social Security system.

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Bible declares that God has given everyone a measure of faith. Jesus said the following about faith:
be it unto you according to your faith
if you have faith... nothing will be impossible to you
whatever you ask... you will receive if you have faith.”
The Bible tells us that we are saved by grace through faith and that we await the hope of righteousness by faith. Faith is the answer!

Faith, however, is directional, it inherently points at something. For faith to “work” it must be directed at the right “thing.” Lots of folks have some type of faith in something, but is it capable of getting all that is needed or wanted? Faith in Jesus Christ is. When one believes Jesus is at the right hand of all power and authority, that everything has been given to him by the heavenly Father, that all prayers prayed in his name are heard and answered, that he is capable of doing all things, that his work on the cross as verified by the resurrection is capable of making one eternally right with God…when one believes in Jesus for who he is, for what he’s done, and in what he’s said, that one has the currency of heaven and the means to everything necessary and desirable under God.

But we are, pitifully, more often than not those of such little faith! Thankfully, less than a mustard seed is powerful enough for most any purpose. What is your mustard seed growing? Is Jesus who he says he is to you? In your mind does he have the power he claims to have? Are His words reliable according to your value system? Does he have the goods, or not? These are the distilling questions of faith, and their answers of utmost importance, because my friend, faith is the victory.

5 comments:

  1. I am reminded of the 2 instances in scripture where Jesus marvelled or was amazed. Both having to do w/faith. The centurion's great faith in Matthew chapter 8 and the lack of faith in Christ's home town in Mark 6.

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  2. Absolutely, faith is the answer. Throughout the scriptures we're told that. One of my favorite chapters in The Bible is Hebrews 11, the "faith chapter". Jesus is absolutely who He says He is, I have no doubt, but if TRUE faith, faith that Jesus teaches, is so powerful that a portion the size of a tiny mustard seed is all one needs to uproot the mulberry tree and plant it in the ocean, then am I not lacking faith? TRUE FAITH?
    Luke 17:6
    He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.

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  3. Rita,
    I think there are many who probably feel as you do about their own apparent lack of faith. I don't think they do actually lack it more than anyone else, but I think this is worth exploring in some more depth, so God willing that is what I'll do with my next couple of posts (I think).

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  4. "Faith, however, is directional"-Amen. Some seem to put their faith in faith itself.

    Those days that I remember to bring the Lord along with me are days filled with faith and confidence supplied by the Holy Spirit, and the blessings flow.

    Other times when I am too much in a hurry to remember the Lord, those days are full of worry,hurry,and doubt.

    I really don't have any faith accept in Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit that builds me up and makes the difference.

    Michael

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  5. Dr. D
    Welcome to the Sound, I enjoy your site.

    Well said. I think faith is a relational thing. Abraham's grew as his relationship with God did. As our relationship with Christ is developed our faith in him strengthens.

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