Tuesday, September 1, 2015

When Faith Wavers

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Faith. One of my Bible College professors called it the heart of our Christian life. Let’s take a moment and think about the impact of faith in the life of a Christ follower. It is the means by which we are saved, receive forgiveness for our sins, enjoy a personal relationship with the Lord, and have the assurance of our salvation. By faith, we are at peace with God. It’s through faith that we live daily in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Unfortunately, our faith wavers, doesn’t it? We don’t like to admit it, but there are times when faith seems like a “pie-in-the-sky” kind of thing. Why is that? What causes our faith to waver? Here are a few things that diminish our faith:

When we always apply human ingenuity to our circumstances. There are times when God requires us to do something that goes against human reasoning.

When we follow our feelings instead of faith. Feelings are not the best measure of faith. We really get tripped up because of that. 

When we fail to see that God is at work in all of our circumstances—what we deem as God’s inactivity. For many Christ followers, that is the “crack in the door” that allows doubt to flood in. 

When we remain guilt ridden over past sins. We will never have or operate with strong faith while we languish in guilt over past wrongdoing. 

When we take the lies of Satan over the truth of Scripture. Satan is the “father of lies,” and he has an agenda. His objective is to have us reject God’s truth and accept his deception instead. 

The author of Hebrews said that faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen” [Hebrews 11:1]. That confident faith is available to each Christ follower. Avail yourselves of it, and rejoice in it.

It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 [The MESSAGE Paraphrase]

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