Last month our
teaching article was on why some Christians are
failing in their faith walk. Many have made
"faith attempts" but have not seen success. This
has caused some to abandon the life of faith, or
the "faith message" in despair, frustration or,
sometimes, anger! Should "faith teaching" be
abandoned? NO! The Word is plain that it is
impossible to please God without faith! (Hebrews
11:6) If we have a desire to walk pleasing unto
God, we are going to have to be "faith people!"
Now, I realize that there have been extremes
among some who thought they heard a Bible
teacher say something that they thought they
understood, and thought they knew how to apply.
They wound up as confused as that last sentence!
I am convinced that many folks that have wrongly
applied the "faith message" are the ones
responsible for the misunderstandings that have
arisen. For instance, I trust that no one
reading this article has done this - let's say
that someone hears it taught that you can have
what you say. So they go off "claiming by faith"
someone's husband or wife! You may think that it
hasn't happened, but it has! I don't care how much you may
think you've "heard from God." If you are doing something like that,
it is not only misapplying the Word - it is sin! You need to confess
it as such and go on with God!
This kind of story has been told over and over, trying to discredit
those of us that teach faith. But the problem is not with the
teaching, the problem is with some of the hearers! Some folks that
hear the message of faith, prosperity, healing and success are just
seeking things, but do you know what I've found? Those people don't
hang around too long! The REAL life of faith is not a "get rich
quick scheme," it is a way of life! Those that are after things
don't last long. No, the blessings of God don't rain down on you
like ripe cherries off of a tree. You have to continue in the Word.
(John 8:31) You have to study to show yourself approved, a workman
that doesn't need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.
(2 Timothy 2:15) Remember, it is a LIFE of faith! It took a while
for you to become trained in unbelief before you became a believer,
it may take a while for you to become trained to speak, act on, and
do the Word. But don't give up! CONTINUE in the Word of Faith!
Items of Interest in This Issue
Invitation to the Spirit of Faith Broadcast...
Invitation to the Satellite World Campmeeting at Psalms 91 Church...
Invitation to the Asheboro Victory Faith Seminar... Tape Offer,
"Jamaica Faith Tapes"... Itinerary