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Jun 29, 2024

Living for Jesus is not complicated. 

If we KNOW that God is GOOD, and we love Him with ALL of our heart, soul, mind, and strength—then living for Him is easy. A straight path. It means simply to OBEY Him.

God made certain promises in his Word—promises that He never forgets to keep … and never WILL. in fact, He made promises both to those who obey and follow Him—and to those who do NOT. What He SAID, He still SAYS—and what He SAYS, He will CONTINUE to say. God’s Word is FOREVER, and it is SETTLED. Thus, it does not change or morph to conform to anyone’s opinion, nor to the customs and prevailing culture of any given day. It is FOREVER SETTLED … in HEAVEN. 

We complicate it when we mix our faith with doubt—when we try to inform what we KNOW with what we DON’T KNOW, instead of the other way around. We let our circumstances scream louder than the still, steady voice of the Word of the LORD.

So, instead of standing on His promises, we sit “in the seat of the scornful,” asking ourselves questions from a position of FEAR instead of FAITH, like …

  • What if I call on God and He ignores my cry? What if He doesn’t answer me? (Jeremiah 33:3, John 6:37)
  • What if I confess my sin, and He withholds His forgiveness? Even if I turn away from my sin, will He turn away from me? (1 John 1:9, Proverbs 28:13)
  • What if I repent of my sinfulness, am baptized in His name, and He doesn’t give me the Holy Ghost? After promising that He would send the Comforter, why would He not comfort ME? (Acts 2:38, John 14:16-18)
  • Why, if I’m doing all I can to live rightly, would He withhold good things from me? (Psalm 84:11, Psalm 145:9)
  • Why, if I trust Him with all my heart, and I don’t depend on my own reasoning or understanding, would He stay silent and refuse to tell me what to do or which way to go? (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • Why would He ignore my prayers? … or make me suffer for no reason? (Matthew 7:11, Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4)
  • Why would God, who owns all the cattle on a thousand hills—all the riches in GLORY—not supply ALL my need? Why would he say He’s my shepherd and then leave me in a state of want? (Psalm 23:1, Matthew 6:31-32, Philippians 4:19)
  • Why, when I’m weary with the burdens of life, would He be standoffish and withhold rest for my soul? When I’m feeling my most fearful, alone, and helpless, why would God reject me for my weakness? (Matthew 11:28, Isaiah 41:10) 
  • Why, after telling me that He would never leave me or forsake me, would He not be there when I need Him? Why, in my moment of greatest need, would He abandon me? (Deuteronomy 4:31, Hebrews 13:5-6)

The ANSWER is simple … HE WON’T. 

When your faith seems to work itself loose, and doubts cause your heart to tremble with fear, do this: 

  1. Stop.
  2. Return to the Word—the promises of God. Read them, memorize them, internalize them. Plant your feet on His promises. 
  3. Reassess your obedience to God’s Word. Are you doing what it clearly tells us to do? Are you fully trusting in His grace?
  4. Reaffirm your faith. Reaffix it securely to the Word of God and HIS faithfulness. Remember, it’s in HIS faithfulness that we trust—not our own. It’s on His goodness that we rely—not our own. It’s His wisdom that we follow—not our own whims. It’s on His rock-solid promises that we depend—not on our own unstable emotions. 
  5. Declare, instead of question, His faithfulness in every aspect of life. The Word of the LORD speaks to every crisis, circumstance, or situation, and every day we CAN declare to our soul, “Jesus KNOWS, He CARES, He CAN do ANYTHING! And HE WILL! Bless the LORD, oh my soul! Period. Amen.” 
  6. Repeat.

What if, after all that, your faith still fails?  It WON’T.