Sunday sermon: “A desire to live a life of faith” My faith is being tested
“But you, man of God, flee from all this [the love of money], and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:11-12).
“our fight is not a fight against the devil; our fight is for faith. The devil is fighting something else. He is attacking “our belief system. If satan can get us to stop believing, to stop trusting in God, he has won. If you allow satan to tamper with your belief system he will destroy your life. That’s why Paul says, “Fight the good fight of faith.” In Romans 10:17 he says, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Faith is where the real fight is. The desire to live a life of faith guarantees that tests and trials will come. Kingdom faith is both public and private. It is private in the sense that it involves for each of us our personal love relationship with God. It is public in the sense that we confess our faith publicly before others and go “on record” as believers. Paul urged Timothy to “take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” Timothy’s faith in Christ was a matter of public record. He was on the spot as a man of faith, and his faith was sure to be tested. “Anytime we make a public confession of our faith, we position ourselves for testing. God will allow our confession to be tested so that we ourselves, as well as the rest of the world, will know the genuineness of our faith. If you confess how good God has been to your business, get ready for a test to come with regard to your business. Some challenge, some setback, some reversal may come, and God is urging you, “Keep on believing. Don’t quit just because things are a little tough. You trust Me when things are good. Trust Me now during the hard times. Hold fast to the confession you made in public.”
“You believe and testify that God will supply all your needs. What if He doesn’t, and your money runs out? Can you keep on believing? Can you put up with an empty purse for a little while and never lose your confidence in God’s faithfulness and provision? Can you look at your situation confidently as an opportunity to rise to the challenge of the test? Can you still turn on “the stove and put on an empty pot believing that God will fill it somehow? Exercise your faith, and everything will be fine. Spend your Kingdom currency, and you will be all right. The Lord will bring you through. The God we serve is not God only of the good times but of the bad times as well. So when you make confession before people, get ready for the test. Faith confession will always attract the test of that faith.
vision, purpose, destiny,