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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "Are You Really Saved?" Understanding Sin, Grace, Salvation, and Sanctification, published in 2014.

Real Faith in God

In Hebrews we are taught that without faith it is impossible to please God.  Faith is what the Christian life is all about—we worship a God we cannot see, and believe in faith that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died and rose from the dead.  We have no empirical truth that these facts are truth—no visible proof we can show a skeptical world—we just believe and have faith.

But, consistent with our fallen human nature, some are out there trying to twist something as simple as faith, making it in to something it should not be.  There are some using the word “faith” to mislead Christians with the intent of lining their own pockets.  They encourage people by saying things like “You can’t out give God”—but then of course, conveniently you can begin to cash in on the formula by giving to their ministry.

To some of these leaders, it’s all about how God wants us to be wealthy in this life time.  But not once did Jesus encourage us to pursue earthly wealth—in fact he told us not to obsess on it.  He warned us that no man can serve two masters—money and God—that man would come to love one and hate the other.

Even worse are some of the other teachings many of these leaders share—that Jesus was defeated on the cross; that Jesus is powerless to do anything without our faith; and that when God created the animals he didn’t even know what they were—that Adam had to speak life into them.

Real faith is absolutely essential to the life of a Christian.  Without faith in who God is and His promises, at best we lead a life of defeat—and at worse we will spend eternity separated from Him.  But our faith must be in Him—not in our faith.  We possess no magic power just because we have faith.  God is not a god we can manipulate by having just the right amount of faith.  He is God, from whom all good things come—and he alone chooses who to bless and how.

So have faith in God—real faith.  Know He loves us and will provide for our needs, even in the darkest of times.  Know we have eternal life in Him because of our faith in what Jesus did for us.  But be careful that you are not persuaded to put your faith in the wrong things.  There are no guarantees in the bible regarding health, wealth or prosperity.  All we have is faith—and real faith means we accept what God gives us or does not give us—faith that He alone knows what is best for us in this lifetime.

Know that God truly wants what is best for us as His children in this lifetime.  Just don’t fool yourself into thinking that it automatically equates to health, wealth and prosperity.  That is God’s call—and if we try to manipulate Him, we will pay a heavy price.



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4 Responses to “Real Faith in God”

  1. Matthew LeMay #

    Great one, Mike!

    April 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM
  2. Larry #

    Pistis is the Greek word most often translated faith in the New Testament. Pistis means trusting in the faithfulness of God. Assurance is a fruit of such trust and an evidence that the Holy Spirit is presently at work in us. There are extremes in all compass headings regarding faith unless it is faith working through love. And of course it is always subsidized by grace, as David said, 'You make my feet like hind's feet, that I might walk on high places'. Clearly He blesses those who place their faith in Him but we should never forget the thrust of the famous Hall of Faith passage in Hebrews 11, 'men and women of whom the world was not worthy' because 'without faith it is impossible to please God'.

    April 21, 2012 at 3:48 AM
  3. Mr Davis #

    We should not be so presumptuous to think we deserve any good from God.

    Isaiah 63:6 KJV
    And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

    Isaiah 66:4 KJV
    I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

    Throw yourself at God's mercy and grace while it is called today.

    Read Isaiah 59 for a more complete description of what we have done to ourselves in our foolishness and stupidity.

    There is hope but it has no bearing on mens efforts but on God's grace, which, for some extends beyond longsuffering and forebearance to salvation itself and deliverance from the Eternal Lake of Fire the destiny of all not written in the Lambs Book of Life.

    Consider carefully where you stand, repent and stop thinking you deserve anything good. We deserve evil not good. Suffering offers cleansing not otherwise possible. If you have ever wiped out and suffered roadrash you will understand what I am getting at.

    May God grant our eyes be opened to the truth of our situation.

    April 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  4. Mr. Davis #

    What of faith:
    Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

    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. Hebrews 11:6

    Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. Luke 17: 33 (Remember Lot’s wife she looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt).

    Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. Hebrews 10:38

    When believers gather in the name of our risen Lord and savior Jesus Christ who was crucified and killed for our sins according to the scriptures, was buried and rose again according to the scriptures. In whose sufferings we are each called to share in being a part of His body.

    There is a test we are to be applying to whatever we are listening to. It is not just the word of faith movement that are in error here. We are commanded to test the spirits to determine if they are of God. If they are of God, Christ Jesus is exalted. If they are of the anti christ these will speak as the world speaks in the wisdom of men, they will encourage you to pursue what the world pursues.

    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 John 2:15-17

    Is the cross of Jesus Christ at the center of what is being said? The Point of everything is the Cross and what was accomplished there. The cross is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.

    Is the command of Jesus Christ lifted up that we are to follow in His steps? Lay down our very lives for our friends, and Love our enemies. Christ died for us while we were yet his enemies.

    Are we being exhorted to pick up our cross daily and follow Him? This means laying aside our own will and our lusts to pursue His righteousness. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added onto you.

    Is the impact of our personal sin / disobedience on the operation of the rest of the body made known? Prayers hinders, loss of blessings (ability to obey) leading to continued selfishness and lusts, slavery to sin rather than righteousness, warnings that the fruit of sin is death.

    Is our personal responsibility in obedience to Christ commands reinforced? We will all stand before the Judgment seat of Christ and our works judged whether they be good or ill. The standard for good is 1 Cor 13 God is holding us all accountable to that standard.

    Is the Holiness and righteousness of God exalted in contrast to the complete and utter depravity of all mankind? That is to say does scripture reign supreme and we seek to pursue conformity to it in every aspect of our conduct or do we ignore or explain away what we don't like.

    Is our insufficiency contrasted with Christ’s sufficiency? We carry about this treasure in earthen vessels so that the power of God may be evident.

    In the end
    Are we finding ourselves hopeless in our pursuit of God's righteousness and holiness throwing ourselves at the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ acknowledging our sins and helplessness, begging for God to grant us repentance leading to obedience?

    If we are not, we are just playing having our ears tickled, deceiving and being deceived.

    2 Timothy 4:3 KJV
    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.

    2 TIMOTHY 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away . 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning , and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    Titus 3:9 KJV But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

    John 8
    12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

    31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

    36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

    Our only Hope is Jesus Christ.

    April 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM