In Hebrews 11:6 we read, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
The Christian life is filled with “faith building” moments.
These moments are not “God has abandoned me” moments, but they are times when we must, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6)
As believers in Christ our Christian lives are continually strengthened by faith building opportunities. The moments when faith is required of us are not the times to walk away from God, nor are they times to take time away from faithfully serving the Lord.
Far too often, when difficult times come our way, some will stop serving, stop walking with God, and even stop doing what they know that the Lord has led them to do. Quitting is disastrous to the Christian life.
God never quits on us and we must never quit on Him.
James chapter two shows us that “faith without works is dead.” The word dead is defined as ineffective. There comes a time in every Christians life when faith is required, and since that fact is guaranteed then we must make sure that our faith is effective. How does one do this?
Well, works are the key as we read the last many verses of James chapter two. James does not write that works save us, but instead he clarifies that works done for the Lord after salvation keep our faith effective.
It can be summarized like this: works are to faith what breath is to life.
Look at it! James 2:26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” The word spirit is lower cased and therefore meaning breath. Just as we need breath in order to have physical life – so we need works in order to have an effective faith.
Far too often the devil will convince the believer that when trials come they should do less for the Lord. However, the Bible shows us differently, and the truth of the matter is that the Spirit impresses the opposite upon the heart of the believer who is going through a “faith building” season of life.
Nobody has a copyright on hardship. Everyone faces hard times!
Who you cling to during the hard times of life will determine how you weather the storm.
Cling to the Lord!!
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus is such a wonderful song, and when sung, encourages the Christian who is struggling and brings resounding agreement to any Christian who has seen God give the victory when they faced a dire situation.
Louisa Stead penned the words below after she and her daughter lost Mr. Stead to a tragic accident. One afternoon, while picnicking, the family heard a young boy’s cry for help. As they ran toward the desperate cries they found that the young boy was being carried away by a racing current of water. As Mr. Stead jumped in to try and save the boy the raging water took them both under and Mrs. Stead and her daughter, Lily, watched as both Mr. Stead and the young boy lost their lives.
Mrs. Stead and her daughter struggled to make ends-meat and lived in great poverty following the death of Mr. Stead. Yet, Mrs. Stead stayed faithful to the Lord and watched as the Lord brought both she and her daughter through. Eventually, Mrs. Stead and Lily moved to South Africa and became dedicated missionaries for the Lord.
Sometime after Mrs. Stead lost her precious husband, and as she watched the Lord provide for her family, she penned the special words:
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Saviour, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.