False Faith

July 27, 2013

Many people say they have faith. But do they? Many actually do not, and it is easily proven when the storms of life crash against them and when temptations come in like a flood. For what do they do? They cringe, they cry, they give in to sin, and they run to the world’s remedies. (Isa. 31:1) They certainly do not “stand strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” (Eph. 6:10), waiting for Him to act, and continuing to praise Him even as they watch the brook drying up and the blossoms falling to the ground. (Hab. 3:16-19) They cannot withstand the enemy’s attacks, for their roots of faith and trust in God are shallow, and the enemy’s waters, washing the ground right out from under them, cause them to topple over quite easily. Lacking faith in God’s Word, they do not put it into practice, and are therefore destroyed. (Luke 6:49)

However, those who have sent their roots pushing down deep into the Rock are not toppled. (Luke 6:48) After the flood of attack, there they stand –stronger than before and a testimony to the love and power of the Lord. (Isa. 43:1-3 & 44:8) These are the types of witnesses God is looking for– “those with a noble and good heart” (Luke 8:15) who, through their lives of faith, maintain their integrity (Job 2:3) and trust in God (13:15), thus bringing glory to His name (Isa. 49:3) and salvation to themselves. (Luke 18:8 & 21:19)

But how do we send our roots of faith down deep into “the Rock who is Christ”? (See 1 Cor. 10:4) The only way is to eat and drink Him (v. 3,4 // John 6:53), to obey His commands so that we are baptized into Him by His Spirit (John 3:3-8 // Acts 5:32 // Rom. 6:1-4 // 1 Peter 3:21 // 1 John 3:24 & 5:2-8), and to “flee from idolatry” (1 Cor. 10:14), renouncing all disobedience to God. (v. 5-13) For whoever claims to participate in Christ’s body while defiling himself by “also drinking the cup of demons” (see v. 21), is to blaspheme God and make oneself liable to eternal destruction. (v. 1-22 // Jos. 7:12) This applies, as well, for those temples who have, at one time, truly belonged to the Lord. (Dt. 32:5,6,15-19 // 1 Sam. 2:30 & 3:12-14 // 2 Chron. 24:20 // Jer. 3:8 & 7:1-15 // 1 Cor. 3:16,17)

How do we eat and drink Christ so that our faith is built and secured strong? We do it by listening to His Word (Rom. 10:17), by knowing what it says so as to become “wise unto salvation” (2 Tim. 3:15), by obeying His commands there (John 15:1-10), and by holding faithfully to His teaching. (8:31-38) Because we are to live just as Jesus did (1 John 2:6), then we too must always do what pleases the Father. (John 8:29) This is how we enter Life (Mt. 19:17) –that Kingdom that is Christ (18:3 // 1 John 5:11,12)– and how we walk strong in faith in the power of God (Eph. 1:19 & 3:20 // 2 Peter 1:3,4), in the power of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16), in the power of the Word (Heb. 4:12), and in the power of the Kingdom. (1 Cor. 4:20)

Doing these things is what faith involves. And walking in this manner is what proves one’s faith genuine.

with love,

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