Faith in the atoning Work of Christ Jesus is the only faith that God will recognize. This type of faith is to be contended for. It is to be fought for. As a matter of fact, it is the ONLY fight the Believer is commissioned to fight.
Faith in the Sacrificial Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, affords WHOSOEVER will believe God’s Divine Grace. Grace that IS sufficient. Grace that expels the evil desires of our heart and places in them God’s desires; His Will.
When this precious faith in the atoning Work of Jesus is ever so slightly moved into any other method for victory over sin, our faith is corrupted and is morphed into another Jesus and another gospel for victorious Christian living. This my friend is a lie. Even cloaked in Scripture, the best of intentions can and will be met with no sacrifice for sin – just ask Cain.
May I remind you, the devil himself knows the Bible better than most Christians. Satan attempted to twist Psalms 91:11-1 while speaking to Jesus in Matthew 4:6 but Jesus knowing the Word and being the Word, knew better. Sadly, many Believer’s today do not know nor understand the Word of God but simply know what the preacher said the Word said and liked it because is was puffed up, sugar coated and tasted good to their fleshly senses.
The Cross of Christ becomes of no effect in the Believer’s life when our faith is moved into another object. Our self will, intellect, abilities, talents, etc., will not afford us victorious Christian living no matter how holy, righteous and “right” they may seem.
God does not recognize any other type of faith other than Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This fight we MUST fight. This faith we MUST contend for. This faith we must exhort.
“28 Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My Yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For My Yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
There are too many Christians who are fighting a fight they are not commissioned to fight. This fight is heavy laden. Their souls are weary. The harvest is great. We must keep our lamps full…and exhort those who are too busy trimming their wicks to fill their lamps as well. Yes, they are foolish but still they are precious in the eyes of the Lord.
Have faith in the Cross of Christ. Allow Him to use YOU, yes YOU, for His Glory to bring others to Christ. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren