Faith For A New Year

Many times in our social dialogue when faith is mentioned thoughts automatically turn to religion. Faith is seen as living outside the realm of facts and science. The common definition of faith is…strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. But in reality faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Some people have complete trust and confidence in facts and some in science. Everyone lives by faith in something or someone. We all place our trust in someone or something outside of ourselves. Whether our trust is in facts, science and/or religion determines who we are and how we live our lives.

For born again believers, Christians, faith is based on what Yahweh says. It is not based on what we think or public opinions, but faith is based on Yahweh’s revelation of Himself. Throughout the Bible Yahweh makes many promises to those who by faith believe and follow Him [2 Peter 1:2-4]. Amidst all these promises there are five ‘stake your life on it’ promises from Yahweh.

The first ‘stake your life on it’ promise is, ‘Yahweh is always present’. Christians can completely rely on Yahweh. There is no place where we can go that He is not already there [Psalm 139:7-8]. As we live our lives we realize that He has our backs protecting us and is ahead of us preparing the way [Isaiah 52:12]. There is never a time when we find ourselves alone with no one caring about us [Hebrews 13:5]. What an awesome promise full of hope and peace [Philippians 4:7].

The ‘stake your life on it’ promise number two is, ‘Yahweh is always the same’. We have complete trust in Him. Every day we have the security that Yahweh is the same and will act and react the same. There never is any degree or movement of change in Yahweh’s nature, character, or desires [James 1:17]. His faithfulness to Himself assures us of His faithfulness to His children [Lamentations 3:23]. To remain true to Himself Yahweh must remain faithful forever [Hebrews 13:8].

‘Yahweh and a born again believer can never be separated’ would be the third ‘stake your life on it’ promise. Here a believer finds complete security in Yahweh. There is nothing in this created world, in heaven, on the earth, or under the earth, which can separate Yahweh from those who in faith believe in the person and work of Jesus the Christ [Romans 8:38-39]. Separation can never happen for those who by faith have turned from their sins and been forgiven. There is no created being who is powerful enough to remove a Christian from the grasp of Yahweh [John 10:28-30]. This truth includes Satan as well as ourselves.

Fourthly, we find that ‘Yahweh is for His Children’ is a ‘stake your life on it’ promise. Because the awesome, almighty, all knowing, ever present God of the universe is for and attentive [Psalm 139:17-18] to those who come to Him in faith they have complete support from Yahweh. There is no place for fear [1 John 4:18], anxiety [1 Peter 5:6-7], and worry [Philippians 4:6] in the life of a born again believer who has been given the promise of the indwelling, abiding [Romans 8:9] Holy Spirit [Psalm 118:6, Romans 8:31].

Finally the fifth promise was made by Jesus Himself. As He turned His attention toward the defining moment of His life, His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, He began to prepare His disciples for these events. Jesus assures them of His departure to heaven and of their future with Him. Jesus consoles them in their parting with a ‘stake your life on it’ promise that He will come again and take them to heaven to be with Him in a place He has prepared for them [John 14:3]. What an eternal hope for all who believe through faith [Titus 3:4-7].

As we begin 2019 let us remember the awesome promises of our wonderful God [2 Peter 1:2-4]. Let us stand fast on these promises [2 Thessalonians 2:15], rejoicing [Psalm 118:24] with gratitude [Colossians 3:15] each day which He gives us to live. Let us walk through 2019 in the light of His presence [Ephesians 5:8], by faith in His Word [Isaiah 55:11], and filled with His Spirit [Colossians 1:9-12].

Living by faith is trusting Yahweh not just when He agrees with us, but also when we disagree with Him.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Hugh Folds

Minister of Education and Youth

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