Steadfast in the Faith

Today’s daily thought, that of being steadfast in the Faith of Jesus Christ is to know Him. The first step in knowing Jesus is to accept Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior.

When we repent and turn from our carnal nature; old sinful ways, we begin the process of building our relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

This life-long process will include Bible study, prayer and applying the promises of God’s Word in our everyday living.

Below is one of my favorite stories and scriptures on faith. Jesus exhorts his disciples to the steadfastness of faith, and to forgive their enemies.

Mark 11:20 – 26And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them,

Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire (ask), when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

Faith is truly building a heart relationship with Jesus. God looks at the very depth of the heart, the purpose or the meaning of the heart. To believe is to see it as a finished product for what you have desired (or asked for).

Do you believe? Are you settled in your heart and soul that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior? When it is settled in your heart/mind and soul it will be a done thing. Do you know in your heart (knower) that it is done?

Jesus came to show us the Father’s love; He came to save the lost and heal the broken hearted. The relationship between God and man that was once broken has now been mended by this one act of love by His Son, Jesus.

Jesus came in the flesh to show us who He was yesterday, today and tomorrow!

Jesus’s blood that was shed on the cross has cleansed the very soul of those whom believe and will receive. Yes, as stated by Jesus on the cross, “It is finished!” We can be at peace and be assured of Eternity with God.

I guess the real question would be do you really believe what you have asked for will happen? What you desire (ask for) must line up with God’s Word. With that said, we as believers must have the Word in us and know what the Word of God states in regards to what we desire or have asked for. This is what makes Mark 11:24 become a reality.

Remember, to apply is to do. The Christian life is a life in Christ, keeping our defenses up against the works of Satan. We must always have our defenses in place if we are to overtake and win an attack from Satan.

In other words, be on your guard at ALL TIMES. Be prepared to take action when God speaks. Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter 6 speaks of the very weapons the believer is to put on for combat and preparation for warfare against Satan.

The Bible tells us what weapons we must use to combat Satan in times of attack.

Let’s read some of them: We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.

  • 2 Corinthians 10:4 and in Ephesians 6:10 – 18 (NLT)…Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

  • Colossians 3:12 (NLT) Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
    • Matthew 15:19 (NLT) For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.

    To put on God’s armor we must repent of all known sin, surrender our carnal, fleshly sinful ways to God and allow the Holy Spirit to be in command of every area of our lives. Allow God’s Spirit to cleanse us.

    Being steadfast in the faith knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior is what will take to keep us in Christ and live a victorious  life until Jesus comes back.

    As always, love in Christ Jesus,
    Paul Lundmark

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