Faith Derailed

After my post yesterday about sowing seeds my husband jokingly reminded me of how he use to pray for crop failure because of all of the bad seeds he had sewn.  Many of us have planted “bad seeds” in our life, myself included.  However, the Bible says God will cast our sins into the sea of forgetfulness to be remembered no more (Micah 7:19).  Our God delights in mercy, not anger.  That is not to say the path the Lord will lead us on once we repent of those sins will be necessarily easy, but it does mean He will walk us through each step and will make all things good if we just remain in our faith.   When Jesus died on the Cross, all who believe died with Him.  OUR sins are buried with Him; Jesus had no sin.   The fact that Jesus was raised from the dead means He defeated sin and death.  Because of Jesus’ resurrection and defeat of the enemy, we too have power over the sin nature which leads to death.  We too live because of God and for God (Romans 6:10).  This is why our faith remains in Jesus and His finished work on the Cross.  This is why we have and the only way we have power over our sin nature.  We still have a sin nature, but because of Jesus, we have power over it.

So how then does a Christian’s faith get derailed?  Why then do so many Christians still struggle?  When we receive Christ as our Saviour we are freed from bondage; we lay aside weights and sins and look solely to the Lord.  That does not mean the enemy is going to give up.  As we follow the path of righteousness the Holy Spirit begins to lead us on, the enemy still throws out snares to trap us.  Snares of old strongholds, new strongholds and deceit are all part of the enemy’s ammunition.  Although this can sound quite overbearing to the saved and unsaved, it is really quite simple.  It is as simple as going back to the cross daily and remembering we have power over the enemy and why we have power over him – Jesus Christ.  Jesus went to the Cross one time, we go daily.

The importance of keeping our faith in Jesus is what allows the Holy Spirit to operate within us.  God can only respond to our faith in Jesus.  Does He bless us when our faith gets derailed? Absolutely.  He blessed us even as sinners.  However, to have true victory over our sin nature we must keep our faith focused on Jesus and His finished work on the Cross.   We are not called to fight sin but to “Fight the good fight of faith,” 1 Timothy 6:12; faith in the One who has already defeated the sin nature on our behalf – Jesus Christ.

“For I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Cor. 11:3.  The hardest battle for many Christians is understanding the Cross of Jesus.  Even though we know The Lord’s finished work, we still try to work for our salvation.  Our work then becomes the object of our faith through the power of our self will which ultimately results in the destruction of our faith and inevitably self righteousness.  When our focus remains on Jesus and our faith in His finished work, the Holy Spirit guides us into victory and our inheritance as a child of God.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12.  Yes, our sins are thrown into the sea of forgetfulness when we are saved.  We do not have to pray for “crop failure” when we are saved.  The crop failure is the reason we need a Saviour.  It only seems right to our carnal mind that we must work for our salvation but it’s not in God’s plan for us to work for it.  God’s plan for our salvation is faith in Jesus.  Anything else leads to spiritual death.

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