From Pastor’s Desk: 8-14-16
1 John 5:4 …for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
“The Just shall live by faith” rings clear throughout the Bible. The writer of Hebrews says that “…without faith it is impossible to please God…” (11:6).
Without faith we cannot:
Come to Christ.
Increase in our knowledge of God.
Live victoriously in Christ.
Realize the Blessed Hope of eternal life with God in heaven.
Faith, to overcome the world, must be increased, exercised, and clung to with such tenacity that the devil cannot rip it from us. Oh, how the great have fallen by losing faith for one reason or another. In most cases, it was a very small distraction, temptation, trial, etc., to begin with, that grew into bigger obstacles that finally made them trip and fall, some never to get back up.
Please understand, I am discounting the first part of 1 John 5:4. But overcoming faith is not automatically formatted into a person. It must go beyond the “Saving faith” whereby we first receive Christ Jesus as Savior. It must be exercised daily, moment-by-moment, continually expanding to reach ever-widening parameters.
A few years ago we heard much about the “Prayer of Jabez” (1 Chronicles 4:10). The dialogue pertaining to that verse and its principle has quieted somewhat. But we must be ever aware of the concept of having our borders unceasingly expanded.
With all the “stuff” the devil (and just life itself) throws at us, it will definitely take more than initial “Saving faith” to live an overcoming life. “The Just shall live by faith” is a much deeper concept to be realized. First of all, “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
The Bible says that to every person is given a portion (measure) of faith (Romans 12:3), but what are we doing with the portion God has given us? Are we ever increasing it by studying the word of God? Are we actively pursuing a broader expansion of our faith? Are we praying daily, exercising our faith?
Hebrews 5:14 states, “Solid food is for those who are mature, who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right.” I rather like the KJV rendering, “…have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
“Faith walking” is the only way to do that!