Do you have a favorite movie that you’ve seen a thousand times? Maybe one that you’ve watched since you were a kid, you now know every dialogue, every scene change, and every plot twist. How about that intense part of the movie that use to have you on the edge of your seat? Yet now because you know the plot and the resolution of the conflict it’s not such a nail biter anymore is it?
In case you haven’t realized it, the plot of that favorite movie is never going to change, it’s always going to turn out ok for the select characters (maybe with the exception of the black guy that always dies first). So there’s no use getting nervous or yelling at the characters during the intense part because it’s always going to turn out the same.
Exercising faith in the Christian life should be like this. In the end, it’s all going to be ok for the Children of God. It’s always going to work out. Why? Because things never change – God never changes His heart towards His children and He His ability will never run out.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
From A to B
If God has promised us we will reach point point B if we leave point A anything that happens between point A and B should be compared to God’s promise. If what is said or thought does not line up with God’s promise than we leave it behind and keep walking to point B. Abraham made the mistake of loosing faith in God when he feared that Pharaoh and his men would kill him for his wife. He was heading to where God told him to go yet this interruption of his plans in between A and B presented a problem to Abram. He didn’t line up his current circumstance to God’s promise.
When we do this and maintain our trust in God’s promised result we are having faith.
Faith is always a struggle because you can only have faith for the things that have not happened or finished yet. This goes against our human reasoning which functions with what exists, but for those things that don’t exist (yet) we have to trust that God will be God and follow through with what He said He would.
It’s kind of ironic that many things that make Christianity up to be what it is are invisible to us humans. Perhaps God constructed it that way after all without faith it’s impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). I’d even go as far as to say that without faith it’s impossible to be a Christian. For without faith you can’t believe that God is, that Christ was, or that forgiveness will come.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
The Carnal man operates in the world of the physical, the place where things exist and can be used. The Spiritual man looks forward to a world (his home) that is not yet, but will be. He operates his lifestyle believing for things that have yet to become existent. So living your life by faith is like a 24/7 torture sessions to your flesh. It goes against everything your biology works with, it goes against everything institutions tell you to live by. That is why it’s so hard
God Can Be Trusted
Have you ever forgotten how a movie ended or how a scene finished? Well that’s like when we forget about how God pulled us through last time. On the other side of things if we always remember that last time He pulled me through, and the time before that He came through as well etc. If we never forget His faithfullness it’s hard to loose our faithfullness towards Him. Don’t forget! In fact one of my teachers/pastors has a “blessing journal” in which he writes down every blessing that comes from God to his family, every breakthrough, every miracle, and every rayer answered. It’s such a great idea. And when your faith is waning, you can just open the journal and read in order to remind yourself God’s faithfulness never changes! Israel was often guilty of forgetting God’s character when they needed His help, because of this they would not place their faith in Him to do so. How often to we suffer the consequences of forgetting the past works of God in our lives.
That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments;
I always tell people who can’t seem to trust God for a certain thing “Sorry but you won’t be the one human in all of history to destroy God’s perfect reputation.” God has a clean track record, we don’t. You can depend on God like no one else. Trusting a spouse or a lover with your life is so dangerous because they are still human! You can’t even trust yourself with your own life, because you are human as well. Remember, we were bought with a price by Christ so to whom do be belong anyway? God is the only one worthy and capable of running your life successfully so you better believe that He can be trusted to do it right. But it’s up to you to give it to Him because God doesn’t steal.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Psa 18:30 – As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Psa 20:7 – Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Pro 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
Pro 3:6 – In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.