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January 22nd, 2015 | Filed Under: Author, Faith, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies2 Comments | Author:

The importance of faith cannot be overstated. Without it we cannot please God and will not go on to perfection.

(Heb 11:6 NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

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The importance of faith cannot be overstated. Without it we cannot please God and will not go on to perfection.

(Heb 11:6 NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Faith is a part of the Milk of God’s word, so I will not be relaying that foundation but rather seeking to strengthen the brethren and increase your faith.

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-03/2nd-milk-doctrine-faith-toward-god/

If you want your faith to be increased, you must hear the word of God.

(Rom 10:17 NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

It is essential that we understand what we are hoping for, since faith is assurance of that hope; it is the conviction that what we cannot see is true.

(Heb 11:1 ESV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

(1Th 5:8 NKJV) But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
(1Th 5:9 NKJV) For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Everyone will suffer God’s wrath, but that is not our final destination. We pass through wrath on our way to salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. This study by Ayo Fabiyi covers this in much greater detail:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/treasuring-up-the-wrath-of-god/

Salvation means to be rescued, but rescued from what?

(Rom 8:20 KJV) For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
(Rom 8:21 KJV) Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
(Rom 8:22 KJV) For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

The whole creation is dying. Our bodies are wasting away, evil men are getting worse and worse (2 Tim 3:13), I could go on and on.

Once your eyes are opened to the depravity of flesh and the evil that is in the world, your sorrow is increased and you’d rather not be here. We have to come to see that this very same evil dwells in our own hearts and minds and want it to be destroyed.

(Jer 17:9 NKJV) “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?

(Joh 12:25 NKJV) He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal (aionios) life.

God has declared war on the flesh, our evil hearts, and our carnal mind. He is now in the process of destroying them within his elect first and then will move on to the rest of mankind.

I’m saying all of this to give you a proper perspective on what we should be hoping for and where our faith should lie. Our hope is to have this evil within us destroyed in due time that we may life in peace forever.

Paul says it well here in 2 Corinthians:

(2Co 4:16 NKJV) Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
(2Co 4:17 NKJV) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
(2Co 4:18 NKJV) while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Much of our murmuring, complaining, discontentment, worry, and fear comes from not understanding what God is doing. He is destroying us daily! He is sending us trials on a daily basis to destroy our old man and form Christ in us.

That is why we are in pain, poor, afflicted, persecuted sick, etc. The old man hates those things because he wants his flesh to be blessed. We all naturally want to be healthy, wealthy, successful, happy, and thoroughly enjoying the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.

God has a very different objective. He wants us to thoroughly understand the vanity of this life and how it is all passing away. He does not want us loving the world or the things in the world.

(1Jn 2:15 NKJV) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
(1Jn 2:16 NKJV) For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
(1Jn 2:17 NKJV) And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

God certainly gives us rest at times and does let us enjoy parts of his creation and that is good. However, he will drag us through trials and afflictions plus cause us to hope and long for the redemption of our bodies and the whole creation. We have to see that the end is better than the beginning.

Here is how Paul says it in Philippians 1.

(Php 1:23 NKJV) For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
(Php 1:24 NKJV) Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
(Php 1:25 NKJV) And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
(Php 1:26 NKJV) that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

I so deeply understand what Paul is saying here. Paul had a thorn in his flesh and suffered greatly after coming to learn the truth.

(Act 9:13 NKJV) Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.
(Act 9:14 NKJV) And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
(Act 9:15 NKJV) But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.
(Act 9:16 NKJV) For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

(2Co 11:23 NKJV) Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.
(2Co 11:24 NKJV) From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.
(2Co 11:25 NKJV) Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;
(2Co 11:26 NKJV) in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
(2Co 11:27 NKJV) in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—
(2Co 11:28 NKJV) besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.

(2Co 12:7 NKJV) And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.
(2Co 12:8 NKJV) Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
(2Co 12:9 NKJV) And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
(2Co 12:10 NKJV) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

If you are called and chosen by God to come to know the truth in this life, you will suffer. It is absolutely worth it, but it is painful and the only way to endure is to know for certain that great joy will come both in this life in down payment and in full in due time.

(Heb 12:1 NKJV) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
(Heb 12:2 NKJV) looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I’ve known the truth for about seven years now, and have suffered more during those seven years than all of my prior life. God has afflicted me with chronic back pain, many food allergies, persecutions, and sorrow in many ways. I would much prefer for it all to be over and enter into that peaceful and joyful fullness of the reward. However, God has his plan and to obtain that reward we must go through his fiery process. I must remain here as long as he desires to do the work he has ordained. There certainly is joy along the way, which just a small taste of what is to come.

(Mar 10:29 NKJV) So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s,
(Mar 10:30 NKJV) who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.

My expectations of this life have changed dramatically. I had grand plans for great success and all the ways I was going to “enjoy” life to the full. I did not know that God was going to declare war on me and all my carnal dreams that only served my flesh and not God.

Are you suffering and think that God doesn’t answer your prayers? God answers every prayer; we just don’t like the answers we get. We think when we don’t get what we want that things are going “wrong” or “falling apart”. Well that is true when we look at our circumstances from a carnal perspective, but from God’s perspective he is working out his plan to make us like Christ, to move us towards the end goal of being perfected.

When a country is at war it’s understood that sacrifices have to be made to accomplish the end goal. The resources have to be spent to build weapons and feed the soldiers. During WWII in the USA these items were rationed:

Tires January 1942 to December 1945
Cars February 1942 to October 1945
Bicycles July 1942 to September 1945
Gasoline May 1942 to August 1945
Fuel Oil & Kerosene October 1942 to August 1945
Solid Fuels September 1943 to August 1945
Stoves December 1942 to August 1945
Rubber Footwear October 1942 to September 1945
Shoes February 1943 to October 1945
Sugar May 1942 to 1947
Coffee November 1942 to July 1943
Processed Foods March 1943 to August 1945
Meats, canned fish March 1943 to November 1945
Cheese, canned milk, fats March 1943 to November 1945
Typewriters March 1942 to April 1944

 

If people went to the store during peacetime and any of these items were not available they’d probably mummer and complain, but when it is explained that these items are being rationed to help win the war people understand that the present suffering is worth the end result of peace.

We are in a spiritual battle, so don’t be surprised when you ask for things and God just says no. We must have faith that he is perfectly organizing everything in our lives to accomplish his grand plan of setting everyone free from this bondage to corruption we are in.

Here James explains why our perspective is wrong at first.

(Jas 4:1 NKJV) Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
(Jas 4:2 NKJV) You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
(Jas 4:3 NKJV) You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

During wartime God is not going to give us 50 gal of precious gasoline to go drive to the beach with the enemy for a nice weekend of debauchery. He gives us these tools and resources that we may go to war.

(Jas 4:4 NKJV) Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

We should do our best to live at peace with all men and to do good as we have opportunity, so this verse means that we should not partake of the world’s evil deeds.

(2Jn 1:10 KJV) If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
(2Jn 1:11 KJV) For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

The problem is that we are weak in faith and doubt God’s plan and his ability to do what is best for us.

(Isa 59:1 NKJV) Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.
(Isa 59:2 NKJV) But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
(Isa 59:3 NKJV) For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity.
(Isa 59:4 NKJV) No one calls for justice, Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.

I’ve tried to do things on my own, ignoring God’s sovereignty and have not obtained what I sought. Then I’ve prayed for what I wanted, but later came to see I did not obtain because it was to fulfill my own lusts and desires. I was extremely frustrated and wondered why I did not get what I wanted so desperately. Mostly it had to do with health and business success, but now I can look back and see how if I had obtained what I sought it would only have increased my lust for worldly things. I said I wanted to use the health, money, and recognition for God’s glory, but at that time I was unable to properly handle such gifts.

As time went on and trial after trial came, I slowly came to understand these verses.

(Pro 30:8 KJV) Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
(Pro 30:9 KJV) Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

We naturally do not understand nor desire balance and moderation. We want what we want and we want it now.

When we are given faith we then patiently prepare for what is to come in an ever-increasing measure.

(Heb 11:7 NKJV) By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

We’re so busy chasing after our lusts that we don’t properly fear God and prepare for what is truly important. God through Christ destroys our idols and drags us to do his will.

Our faith is tried as these trials come one after another.

(2Pe 1:1 NKJV) Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

(1Pe 1:7 KJV) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
(1Pe 1:8 KJV) Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
(1Pe 1:9 KJV) Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

This faith which is given to us as a gift is what keeps us focused on the prize; it causes us to do God’s will and keep our focus on what is important. It sets our hope and the end result of our trials and gives us the patience to endure the afflictions God sends to perfect us.

We can look at the scriptures and see this pattern of the disciples lacking faith and not having perspective on God’s objectives and promises.

(Mar 4:36 NKJV) Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.
(Mar 4:37 NKJV) And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
(Mar 4:38 NKJV) But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
(Mar 4:39 NKJV) Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
(Mar 4:40 NKJV) But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
(Mar 4:41 NKJV) And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

Does God care that we are suffering in our trials? Does he forget about us or just want us to suffer for no reason? When our faith is weak we will genuinely ask these questions and wonder. We must be rebuked for our lack of faith so that we see it, are ashamed, and ask for more faith.

Worry about our physical needs:

(Mat 6:25 NKJV) “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Mat_6:30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Mat_14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

We start to walk with Christ and do what is impossible for the flesh to do, but our faith is weak and we become fearful when we see the trials and temptations come upon us.

(Mat 14:28 KJV) And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
(Mat 14:29 KJV) And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
(Mat 14:30 KJV) But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
(Mat 14:31 KJV) And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

When we see our lack of faith this is what we are to do:

(Mar 9:21 KJV) And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
(Mar 9:22 KJV) And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
(Mar 9:23 KJV) Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
(Mar 9:24 KJV) And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

(Luk 17:5 KJV) And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
(Luk 17:6 KJV) And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

The Lord has to put us in impossible situations so that we ask for this increase in faith. Here is what Christ said that prompted the disciples to ask for more faith.

(Luk 17:4 KJV) And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Are you suffering or facing a seemingly impossible situation? Remember that the God who created everything has specifically designed all of this for your benefit. Pray for the Father’s will to be done; it’s going to happen anyways so you might as well stop fighting it.

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  • James J. Carnevale

    Thank you Mitch. This is exactly what I needed to hear.

  • MitchellKuhn

    Great to hear! You’re welcome.

    Mitch Kuhn
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