“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.
Saving faith, faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe, results in building an ark to save your family because God said build an ark (Hebrews 11:7).
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3
God is the Creator. He is the One Who speaks things into existence, not man.
Saving faith is authored and finished by Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2) when we choose to deny our selves, pick up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). Picking up our cross requires denial of our self efforts and believing the finished work of Jesus Christ is enough to give us victory over the sin that so easily besets. This sin may or may not be a sin of the flesh we are trying to overcome but a bondage that keeps us yoked to the world (fear, anger, worry). Worry is a sin because it is unbelief in God’s promises. We may say we believe with our mouths but our hearts are full of fear and unbelief. God looks to our heart.
Fear of faith…unbelief of things not seen is a sin; it is a lack of faith. The modern church has attempted to comfort the unbelief of Believers by offering them excuses for their unbelief which is always the fault of others and then presenting another way to overcome (40 days, 12 steps, 100 ways, etc.). This attempt to make the unbelieving Believer comfortable in their unbelief comes straight from the great deceiver himself, satan.
“3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the Will of God and our Father:
5 To Whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
6 I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1:3-7.
Saving faith, faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work, delivers us from this present evil world according to the Will of God. Faith in methods of man for deliverance from evil does not deliver. It is another gospel and another Jesus.
Fight the good fight of faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren