“If Christ is not all to you He is nothing to you. He will never go into partnership as a part Saviour of men. If He be something He must be everything, and if He be not everything He is nothing to you.” –Charles Haddon Spurgeon
At the offset of this article, I want to make clear that satan is a defeated foe, period (Revelation 20:10). The Church of Jesus Christ has all power of the enemy, period (Luke 10:19). This article is addressing faith and trust.
Does it not amaze you that we, as a people, will trust a captain with our lives by getting onto an airplane which flies 35,000 feet above the ground, a captain might I remind you in which we have never met before and all the while knowing nothing of him concerning his character?
Does it not amaze you that some people will get into a cab, bus, train or a boat without knowing a thing about the person behind the controls, the steering wheel or helm?
Does it not amaze you that we will trust a cook to prepare our food and a waiter or waitress with our drinks which we know not a thing of concerning their characters?
Does it not amaze you that some will put their faith and trust into a medical industry, regardless of how corrupt to heal their bodies and a psychiatrist to help with their minds (Mark 5:26)?
What about the education/indoctrination system in this country today? Does it not amaze you how millions upon millions put their faith and trust into a school system, namely teachers, that no one has ever met with their children’s education (Luke 7:35)?
Does it not amaze you that kids would trust a theme park owner with their crazy rides that are provided, or what of men that would soon trust a parachute with their very lives without knowing a thing about the owners or manufacturers?
What amazes me even more than all of this is how a hands-down majority of the people in this country that do not have an overcoming faith and trust in the very Christ that they profess to believe in.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. -1 John 5:4
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5
As a matter of fact, these are the same people, in many cases, who would hold to a humanistic faith and trust that believes in fictitious, mythological, mysterious fables and genealogies (They believe everything but the Word of God) where they find themsselves asking more questions than finding themselves grounded and settled in the truth of God’s Word (Colossians 1:23).
The Bible warns that we are not to give ourselves to…
“Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.” -1 Timothy 4:1
Friends, I know what it is like to have my faith and trust tested when it comes to holding to the Author and finsher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). I know what it is like to Wander blindly, when it comes to the trials and tribulations that are facing us today yet,I have to make clear, circumstances drives me to Him, not from Him (Psalm 23).
Let me ask you, why do we have no problem trusting in faulty, imperfect, and failing cursed man (Jeremiah 17:5), but have a difficulty trusting the immutable, perfect, and never failing God, who cannot and will not lie (Numbers 23:19)? Read Jeremiah 17:7
There is a story told of a blind boy whom the hand of his father continually guided. One day, the blind boy was snatched away by a stranger in a dark room. When the father asked his son, “Do you know who has a hold of you?” The blind boy answered with a whole heart of faith and trust in his father, “No, but you do!” (Matthew 22:37) This is trusting the Lord regardless of circumstance.
Friends, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
If Jesus is truly the Author of that faith, He will also be the Finisher of that faith only to receive the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:9).
And when it comes to His promises to us let’s begin to look at them through different eye’s.
There was once a story told of a man who was deathly afraid as he came upon a frozen lake he had to cross over. Each step was agonizing as sweat poured from his brow with each fearful inch. He was so nervous that he literally moved only inches every 5 minutes as he tapped the ice below. Slowly and painstakingly, he made his way through as his heart was filled with fear that he might fall through the ice at any moment. However, as he paused for a moment, he could hear a noise coming from behind him. It was a man on top of a weighed down wagon, singing at the top of his lungs as he whipped his horses onward gliding over the ice. How embarrassed and foolish the man felt for being so fearful. His faith suddenly received a boost as he stood up and walked confidently along the rest of the way without fear in his heart.
As a child of God, your faith with be tested and tried (1 Peter 1:7) and remember, the test proves the child, and if you belong to Him and stay fixed on the course ahead, passing the test, in the end, you will glorify your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16) which real faith comes.
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