“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrew 11:1).
Taking steps of faith are evident in the lives of whoever walked with God. When the angel Gabriel appeared to both Mary and Joseph and told them of the conception of a baby Jesus through the Holy Spirit they had to take steps of faith and raise him (Mat 1:18-25, Luke 1-26- 38). Abraham had to take a step of faith when he was told of God, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation and I will bless you. So Abram went as the Lord told him” (Genesis 12:1-2).
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). The Apostle Paul went at great length to exhort believers to live by faith by listing all those who walked with God and how they had to exercise faith: Abel, Enoch, Noah etc. “And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions” (Hebrews 11: 32).
Today you too the Lord might be calling you to take a step of faith in your personal life, studies, career or business, just as was the case before with those who walked with Him. Not everything is clear and the resources might be stretched. Yet to move to another level you have to take that step of faith.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, today I pray to take that step of faith in the work you are calling me to, looking up to you, that you shall make all things possible as promised to they that believe, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!