Faith is an individual issue, a resultant byproduct of exposure to the Word of God. It can only be based upon, rooted and grounded in the eternal soil of the Scriptures. When the Word of God reaches the heart of a man, his righteous response to God is in repentance toward God for his sin and in personal faith toward the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross of Calvary.
Scripture encourages me to examine myself, to see whether I truly am in the faith. I must recognize that, even as a born again believer, whatever is not of faith is sin. Therefore, each thought, deed and word need to be scrutinized before the heart of God.
As I take the shield of faith in the believer’s armor, found in Ephesians 6, I am able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked. As I flee lusts and follow righteousness, I will find my battle with Satan being won by the Victor, Jesus Christ, the Righteous.
I must constantly look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. He, in His greatest trial, endured the cross, despising the shame...for the joy that was set before Him. Today He is set down at the right hand of the throne of God where He prays for me.
The matter of faith is a personal matter of believing God and responding to Him. Faith in the shed blood of Christ changes my eternal destiny, causes me to look differently at life, gives me the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit, opens my eyes of understanding to the Scriptures, makes the privilege of prayer a reality in my life, brings peace and equips me for a life and ministry that glorifies God. As I strive to share my faith in God with others, it is never to have personal dominion over their faith, but to be a helper of their joy, understanding that for all of us, it is by faith that we stand.
May God help me today to accurately and clearly demonstrate my faith in Christ.
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