The Force of Faith

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:11‭-‬12 KJV

Love is the overwhelming force of Faith.

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Galatians 5:6 KJV

We, as Christians, must love each other as God loves us. It’s the way the world will know us.


Double Minded

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8 KJV

Don’t be deceived into thinking that a double minded person will receive anything from God. Consider, if you will, the parable of the sower.

And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark 4:18‭-‬19 KJV

Our attention must undividedly fis on the things of God.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33 KJV


Steadfast

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 KJV

Having done all – stand!

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 KJV

We must be steadfast during this onslaught of secular humanist ideology that is seeking to destroy our society and the church.

Don’t quit! Never give up! Stand fast!


Soldier of the Cross


Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 KJV

The monument in the picture is a memorial to the fighting ability, steadfastness, and courage of the “Buffalo Soldiers” that trained at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Should we tear it down? Of course not! It’s a tribute to the men and women of color who gave their lives in service to their country both here and abroad. Their bravery is legendary.

Just as they stood for, and honored,  the flag, so do I. So should we stand for the cause of Christ.

God is looking for soldiers of the Cross; faithful men who will resolutely walk in the power of love and faith. Will you be one of them?

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.2 Timothy 2:4 KJV

Choose this day who you will serve.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  Ephesians 6:11‭-‬18 KJV


Hear and Heed

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. Hebrews 2:1 KJV

Paying attention to, and rehearsing, what you have heard preached will cause you to live what you’ve heard.

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 2 Corinthians 4:13 KJV

Faith comes by hearing, and that by the Word of God. What is critical to us is that we so cherish what we’ve received that we keep it on our lips and practice it in our daily lives. If we don’t it will slip away and drift into forgetfulness, it’s life giving power dissipated in our lives.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 KJV

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  Romans 2:13 KJV.


Confidence


Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 1:6 KJV

Upon what do you place your confidence?Your looks? Your strength? Your ability? Your money? 

All these natural things will let you down. They are not worthy of your confidence.

The only thing that is worthy of your confidence is the promises of God in Christ. He will never disappoint you nor fail you in any way.

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. Hebrews 10:35 KJV

. . . I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  2 Timothy 1:12 KJV



Stand


Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Ephesians 6:13 KJV

Evil and wicked days will come. Satan seeks to steal from you, kill you, and destroy you and he uses every means at his disposal.

Have faith in God. Submit to Him and resist the devil. He will flee.

God is well able to keep that which is entrusted to Him. He who cannot lie has said, “Be still and know that I Am God”. He is an ever present Help in times of trouble.

Hide His Word in your heart and declare His truths boldly and then stand still snd watch His [your] enemies scatter.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  Ephesians 6:12‭-‬16‭, ‬18 KJV

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.  Ephesians 1:17‭-‬23 KJV

Selah