Are you Walking with Christ (Part II)
Once we have moved into a walk of faith with Christ our reality begins to change in profound ways. The Holy Spirit will open up our spiritual eyes to certain truths, but we are free to reject or even ignore these things.
In continuing with this topic of walking with Christ I must first deal with the idea that spiritually speaking we are all on the same level, and thus will all receive equal rewards. I’m sorry, but this simply is not the case. For proof, we need to look no further than the parable of the unprofitable servant.
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every
man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the
same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another
the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of
spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation
of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing
to every man severally as he will.
Scripture makes it clear that we are not all equal, but are each given different amounts to work with according to our abilities. Amounts of what? Why, different measures of faith of course! After all is said and done, of all the spiritual gifts, faith is by far the most important of them all. It is the only gift that every single Christian is given. Yes, there are other gifts of the Spirit, however faith is the spiritual currency through which all of the other gifts of the Spirit operate. Let me illustrate.
In the parable of the unprofitable servant we see that all received one or more talents, which as I said represent measures of faith. Some received ten talents, others five, and some only one single talent of gold, but no one walked away empty-handed. Scripture tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6 KJV). That is how we know that we are all given some measure of it. God wouldn’t give us that seed of faith without the means to make it grow, but tending our gardens is our responsibility. Take note that the unprofitable servant was unprofitable for a lack of faith. His problem was that he did not put what was given him to good use!
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly
is plenteous, but the labourers are few
Of course, the most important use of our faith is in the mission field simply telling others of what Jesus has done for us, and warning them of the Hell that awaits those who die in their sins. Yet there are multitudes of Christians who have never even once shared the gospel in one form or another. Be forewarned that the unprofitable servant is cast into the outer darkness, which is Hell (Matthew 25:30 KJV)!
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also.
Scripture tells us that faith without works is dead, and this is vitally important to grasp because there are multitudes of people who call themselves Christians, but have never actually operated in faith. It isn’t that they don’t have it, it is that they never put it to use! A big reason that so few actually operate in faith is because the infiltrated churches do not teach us how to!
Many think of faith as some sort of cozy feeling that’s inside us, but that isn’t it. I will make it easy as pie for you to understand. You see, faith is a substance, but it is incomplete. Think of faith as a toaster that God has given you. If people ask, you could say “Oh yes, I have faith!” and technically be telling the truth, but as the above verse says faith without works is dead. What does that mean? Well, you could put that toaster on the table and stare at it until the cows come home, but it won’t make toast. However when we are operating in faith, we actually plug that toaster in, and go to the store and buy some bread, put it in the toaster and push down the lever. That, my friends is when we’re operating in faith!
Another example of operating in faith is when Peter stood up and walked on water when Jesus bade him to come. Hebrews 11 has multiple examples of what happens when the potential of faith is brought to life by our works, by some action that we do.
Even the unsaved do things by faith every day. We buy food by faith that it is not poisoned. We buy appliances by faith that they won’t be defective. It’s a small act of faith every time we put our money in a vending machine. So as you can see when it comes to spiritual matters faith in and of itself is dead, only a potential. It is an ‘act of faith’ that brings that dead faith to life.
And when he was come into the house, the blind men
came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do
this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying,
According to your faith be it unto you.
Examine carefully the above passage, because it reveals a deep spiritual truth. Note that Jesus did not say ‘Okay I am healing you now, here it comes!’ First He established that the man had the faith to be healed, only then did Jesus go on to pray that the blind man be healed, and that according to his own faith! This is another point of contention for those who believe in the eternal security lie. How is that? This incident clearly demonstrates that Jesus does not heal those without faith!
You see, we always have a part to play in everything we get from God, whether it be healing, salvation or any other thing. Throughout the New Testament we witness Jesus connecting every act of healing to faith, specifically making their faith a necessity for it to happen, Furthermore, we are given absolute proof that even Jesus Himself could not heal when there was no faith present. Without an act of faith nothing can be accomplished!
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the
brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters
here with us? And they were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A
prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own
kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that
he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled
because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
There were only a very few who had the faith to be healed by Jesus in his own country. Do you have the faith to be healed by God? Do you have the faith that when you lay your hands upon another who has the faith that they will also be healed? Then what are you waiting for?
How useful I have found the words “May it be unto you according to your faith” in my everyday vernacular as a true Christian. Because we are at all times surrounded by the faithless, regardless of whether they confess Christ or not. For example, this world is filled with people who call themselves Christians, but really have no faith in God to physically protect them. Let me give you an example.
Scripture clearly tells us that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal” (2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV), and that “no weapon formed against us shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17 KJV) yet they are bragging about their guns and second amendment rights constantly! This is another one of those situations where actions speak louder than words. If we really trust in God to protect us and our families we should have no need for carnal weapons. But when you point this out to people many of them get a spirit of rage that comes over them. I have been called the most foul of names by these ‘Christians’ for simply pointing out the above scripture to them.
Interestingly, I have noticed a distinct pattern of Christian gun owners, all operating under the exact same nightmare scenario provided by the spirit of fear. When I show them what scripture says about carnal weapons they come out with this outlandish scenario where their wife, daughter or both are being brutally raped and they are forced to watch this happen. And this is all supposedly because they didn’t buy a gun. It is so plain to me that this is a mass demonic attack on the minds of all these people with the same lie from Hell.
This series is about walking with Christ, and it seems to me that when we are walking with Him we do not need to bring our guns! I was once attacked with this same fear-inspiring lie, but I made a conscious decision to not purchase a weapon. I simply prayed “God, I will not take up any carnal weapons against any other man. I will trust you Lord to protect me and my loved ones from any physical harm based upon Isaiah 54:17 and 2nd Corinthians 10:4”. This is simply another test of our resolve to walk with Christ in faith.
Brothers and sisters, don’t allow Satan to wrest your faith in God from you! This is a demonic attack by a spirit of fear, don’t fall for it! When we take up carnal weapons we have made the choice to abandon the spiritual weapons we have at our disposal. This is why Satan attacks men with this nightmare of their women folk being brutally ravished, of course. With our faith in Christ none of these men with wicked intentions would ever ever get past our doors in the first place. Wouldn’t you rather that then getting into a gun battle?
If you don’t have the faith to trust God for your protection? Yeah, then go buy a bazooka if you need to, because you have bigger spiritual problems, namely your possible eternity spent in Hell. Now I'm not suggesting that owning a gun will send you to Hell, however it is a good indication as to how much we really trust in Christ Jesus. Friends, this is a launchpad for examining our hearts. May it be unto you according to your faith.
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