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Trusting Requires Faith II

Trusting Requires Faith II

After completing last week’s blog, I thought about one additional point that should have been made so I will make that point in this blog. Our faith and trust in God sustaining us during our difficult times of adversity. Our faith gives us strength to endure these spiritual and physical attacks that we encounter. We can expect to experience seasons of intense spiritual and physical attacks. This is a relatively long passage but it makes an excellent point about faith. Ephesians 6:10–17 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The Lord warned Simon Peter that he would come under a severe time of attack. Luke 22:31–32 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Faith is the strength and empowerment that Christ supplies as a means by which believers can stand firm against the attacks of the evil one and survive the spiritual battles of life. Ephesians 6:16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. And in: 1 Peter 5:9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Empowering faith increases and grows. The implications of the Hall of Fame chapter in Hebrews 11 are that faith can grow and increase. This promise of growth is the reason why Paul, when confronted with the possibility of his intimate death, wants to live so that he can visit the Philippian believers and help them make progress in their faith. Philippians 1:25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith. Faith is the defining feature of life for Christians. Paul said it best in: Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

How has your faith helped you during times of adversity?

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