Friday, January 13, 2006
KEEPING THE FAITH
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me but also to all who have longed for His appearing.
2 Timothy 4: 7-8
Why is keeping the faith a fight?
In Ephesians 6: 12 it says our fight is not with flesh and blood but with the evil spirits.
Faith is our shield against the powers of darkness. When we believe in God and respond to Him in faith, nothing can get through to us. But when our faith diminishes, our shield drops and we are vulnerable to the enemy.
Two of Satan’s most effective weapons are fear and casual familiarity. When great fear exists there can be no faith. When we are so familiar with our circumstances, we forget about how great our awesome Lord truly is.
Mark 6: 1-6 says that Jesus was teaching in the synagogue in His hometown and people that had known Him, refused to hear what he was saying. They couldn’t believe that this former neighbor of theirs was anything special. They took offence at Him.
Mark makes it clear that you can know Christ for a long time and still not really know Him.
… but you O Lord are my are my shield; my glory, you lift up my head
We need to never stop growing and never stop knowing our God. He will never stop showing His wondrous love to us. Take time to pray for faith to trust Him more fully.
Fear more than familiarity has caused my shield of faith to drop more than once in my lifetime. I used to fear not being able to take care of myself and my family after the death of my husband. I was afraid of being alone. But with the shield of faith, I found out that I was never alone. Our powerfully wonderful God does truly gives us ‘Our Daily Bread’ and provides for all that we need.
I don’t sit back each day and wait for that to happen, but go off to work knowing that my faithful Lord will be there to help me each step of the way.
Help comes in many forms, but I know where it originates from !
‘On Ya’ - ma