The religion of a man comes about because he thinks he has found the extent of God’s requirement for him. How far the man goes in Christ depends on how much he desires to learn. Doesn’t our obedience to the Living God’s Holy Son depend on our will?
God has in mind for us great things. He has in mind for us beautiful, holy, righteous, eternal, and glorifying things. But far too often man settles for some small routine. He gathers about himself just enough to say, “I have done the Lord’s will. He is pleased with me”. Such religions have a veneer of righteousness. But consider the following.
God is not my co-pilot. He is the one at the helm. He owns the ship. He owns the Sea and the Wind. He owns the place we are going to. He owns the place we have come from.
The religion of man tends to say, “I have pleased God by coming through that door. I will then go back through that door and return to the place I am”. How can that be reasonable? It is so easy to do the things we have learned to do. Still, the Lord beckons us unto death; death to self and Life to Him.
How amazing it is! How delicately horrific! Finding peace in a hurricane; joy in a tornado.
Who can find the strength to plow when the very ground beneath your feet is ripped to oblivion? And what shelter in what cave will you find when the very rocks themselves are thrown about?
If by chance you seek a friend, his face becomes filled with terror as he sees your life. Isolation, faith and trust these are what remain.
The Lord himself has encased you in testing. Yet you will stand even if death consumes you. He made you. He bought you. He promised you. He loves you. And by the torrent of testing the proof is upon you.
All praise to God the Father through Jesus, His Christ! He alone is true. He alone is good. He alone can be trusted. He is the living God.
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it” [Matt. 11:12, NIV].
What is saving faith? Men chase after all manner of religion. And though they know better, they hold tight to what is offered by man. It’s the teachers who speak of limits, not God. Men will tell you that God no longer speaks to man. And others riddicule healing by the power of God. Some would even go so far as to say there is no power of God among men.
But the forceful will seek farther. They reach a barrier and read of promises which speak of “more”. They feel the restrictions of the flesh and think to themselves, “This is not all there is”. These are the men who find the power of Jesus Christ; that living faith which moves mountains in their way.
“. . . when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 8) This passage speaks of “The Faith”. The living faith based and founded on the promises of the Living God. There is no weakness in the Living God. And He desires that there be no weakness in His people.
Strain against the lies. Press against your doubt. Fall into the hurricane which speaks against the Living God. Grasp what is promised and live in the Living God.