True Faith is Alive, Active, and Life-giving
In the christian world faith is a term that is used yet often misunderstood. Many express they have faith, or that when events are difficult its often said “have faith”, faith is often seen like a spare tire, you only need it when something went flat in your life.
Jesus made a statement, and it for us to understand what He meant.
“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7,8
What Jesus was eluding to what Faith is, when we see what Faith is, we also see what it isn’t.
His first question is regarding those that are seeking Him, and His righteousness day and night. In other words hungering and thirsting for His Kingdom, and His Nature, which is filled with Light and Truth. It is in His Faith they are doing so, for without His Faith we are spinning our wheels.
What we see in the next sentence is another question, will He find Faith. To understand this we must see that our Lord is looking for His Faith, which is a gift by His grace. His Faith is vastly different than our human based faith. We don’t work Faith up, and it’s not something we use like a spare tire, it is absolutely vital to our walk into Him, for without His Faith, we are dead. “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26
Faith that is alive, must come from a Life source, and this is from our Lords grace, it is an aspect of His Nature. We receive His Faith as we live and move into His Lordship.
Faith gives us eyes to see beyond this realm. Faith is the root of Trust, that works inwardly, it is by His Faith that we yield ourselves more fully to His will. It is by Faith that we move, and have our being in Him.
Faith is our foundation
Faith is the source to Life. It is only by His Faith, that His Living Word becomes alive within us. It is by His Faith that we find our citizenship outside of this earthly realm. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;” Philippians 3:20
It is by His Faith we turn our backs upon the ways of this world, and walk into His Nature. It is by His Faith we, like our father Abraham move from the homeland of our carnal thinking, into His realm of Life in Spirit and Truth. It is by His Faith, we embrace the work of our cross, and enduring all, Trusting Him who is Faithful and True with joy and hope.The Living Hope of His Life being brought forth in our life.
Living Faith works His nature into us, this is what is often misunderstood by many when they read, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” Genesis 1:26
This is a prophetic Word, one that only becomes true in His Faith. By our natural birth we are not created in His image or after His likeness, this is only possible as we in Faith allow our Lord to create us anew. This is Faith and works together, His Life bringing us into a realm of Spirit and Truth, and our sharing this with others.
We begin to experience being born from above, becoming a New Creation in His image, and likeness. Bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh. This is the beauty of His calling, to become like He is in Spirit and Truth.
So when Jesus asked “shall he find faith on the earth?” He was pondering will He find those who are given unto Him, and living in and through His Spirit, all by His Faith.
“And without faith it is impossible to please, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
By faith Noah, being warned about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:6~10
Our walk is only in His Faith, and in this walk, our desire is regardless of our condition, or situation to be pleasing unto Him.
“Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:6~10
May we see Him and find our being, our very life found in His Faith.