Faith in Christ: Beyond a F.A.D.


In the post Have Faith; God is with You, the main point was that God promised His presence and His power to the believer in Christ Jesus. As such, our faith is rooted in the person or character of God. Numbers 23:19 , in part, defines the character of God. He is faithful to His promises. He is immutable which means not to change unlike man who lies one moment then is truthful the next. Since God does not lie nor does He change, that should drive our response. All we need is the confidence to believe that God has said what He has said. We need a promise.

Listen to these statements about God’s promises:

2 Corinthians 1:20-22
20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Peter 1:2-4
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Hebrews 6:17-20
17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

With God’s promises, the believer should have Faith in Christ: Beyond a F.A.D. In the most common understanding, a F.A.D. is a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct according to dictionary.com. Fashion is trendy. What was hot this year is not the next. It’s here  today but gone tomorrow. “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8. God has declared and demonstrated that He does not change.

As such, God requires us to have Faith in Christ: Beyond a F.A.D. Our faith must not be temporary or ebbs and flows with the circumstances of life. It must be constant. Why? We have promises in the Word of God that serve as the basis of our confidence or Faith in Christ: Beyond a F.A.D. Faith that is F.A.D.dish is intense but short-lived. What causes our faith to be F.A.D.dish? Exactly that a F.A.D.

By now, I am sure that you have recognized F.A.D. as an acronym. F.A.D is Fear and Doubt. Our Faith in Christ must be Beyond Fear and Doubt. We know from Hebrews 11:1 that “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We also know from verse 6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Fear and doubt work in sharp  contrast to faith. Faith says I completely trust and believe in you God that I will believe and act on things that do not make sense to me. That’s what Hebrews 11 depicts along with the posts The Joy of the Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Finishers are based on Hebrews 11.

True faith is not temporary but consistent in trusting who God is and what God has said. It is resting in His presence and power. This is why knowing the Word of God is so essential. For in the Word of God, all the promises for life and godliness lie. If we stand on the Word of God, we will have Faith in Christ: Beyond a F.A.D. Tomorrow, we will come full circle on Judges 6-7 as well as other scriptures that evidence Faith in Christ: Beyond a F.A.D.

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