an exhortation on faith in action
Many people claim to have faith, and while the idea of it is attractive and seems positive, the source of one’s faith matters. Faith outside of Heaven lives in the realm of men and does not last into eternity, it aims high though it still holds a limited grasp of an abundant life, and its wisdom never fully reaches the pure Light. There may be mysteries to be uncovered in Heaven’s faith, but there is no obscurity or confusion. Heaven’s faith is founded on Truth, and blesses all who take hold with guaranteed assurance. “Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7 AMPC; “Some find their strength in their weapons and wisdom, but my miracle-deliverance can never be won by men. Our boast is in Yahweh our God, who makes us strong and gives us victory!” Psalms 20:7 TPT. The victorious life is accessed when one embraces the wisdom of God, through faith. “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” Hebrews 11:1 AMP
At the ground level of Christianity is the foundation of faith; the belief that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for the sins of humanity once and for all so that we could have unbroken fellowship with Him. This firm foundation is the gateway to the path of complete redemption held in our Savior’s heart. Furthermore, Scripture writes that “But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin], so then, as it is written [in Scripture], “He who boasts and glories, let him boast and glory in the Lord.”” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 AMP. Our abilities, thoughts, and works can never create a supernatural reality that can withstand the judgement of God. This is why those who perform signs, wonders, and miracles in the Name of Jesus are still subject to be separated from Him: “On the day of judgment many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, don’t you remember us? Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we cast out demons and do many miracles in your name?’ But I will have to say to them, ‘Go away from me, you lawless rebels! I’ve never been joined to you!’” Matthew 7:22-23 TPT.
Only heaven’s faith incubates eternal fruit. Heaven’s faith is a substance, the very living material that allows mortal man to be made alive in Christ. Heaven’s faith is rooted in Life itself, therefore all that emanates from its source reproduces life as well. Mortal or even spiritual faith cannot produce fruit that remains, because apart from Christ man can do nothing (John 15:5). The secret to possessing an overcoming supernatural faith, is to remain in Christ – not the belief in ourselves, our higher conscious, good works, or supreme beings. There is One, and belief in Him alone will not suffice for even the demons believe, the requirement is remaining in Him.
In recent moments when I have pressed into the Lord over the subject of my faith being strengthened, the conclusion is that mature sons and daughters stay through the wrestle, the long suffering, and the unknown. While faith does come by hearing the Word of God, it is not as much that their faith is not strong, as is the temptation to move or even gaze upon that which is outside of Him because this is where the weakening of faith occurs. “If you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 AMP. It is not the “size” of our faith that is measured, rather that faith itself is living and active. What is living faith? The two examples that come to mind are 1) an unborn child inside of the womb; fully dependent on the life, breathe, and nutrients of its mother representing life through the umbilical cord, symbolically we are “born again” and are Christ’s offspring remaining connected to Him in the same way 2) the parable of abiding in the vine, representing life through the blood of Christ which is the epitome of our spiritual life-source in our veins.
Mature sons and daughters bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth realm; the supernatural and extraordinary are manifested through Christ Jesus in them, this is why we remain in Him, to fully manifest and display HIS good works through our covenant of love. “In Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” Acts 17:28. Faith is an action verb, in addition to many familiar definitions, the action of faith also denotes ones behavior or conduct. Our behavior reflects our belief systems and tests our intimate knowledge of Him by the fruit we bear. “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38. Why is there no pleasure for those who draw back? Because these are ones who unfastened themselves from God’s heart, the ones who became unjoined from Him. The ones who found fascination in other pleasures, the ones who allowed the little foxes to spoil the vine and ruin the beautiful fruit. The ones who could not hold their gaze upon Him when they had no understanding and failed to trust Him with their heart. The ones who lost their first love.
There is no life outside of Christ, as soon as we begin to look away from Him, the life flow becomes hindered and our faith suffers. The beautiful mystery of faith is that abiding in Christ is an actual place, it is not abstract. The completed work of Christ enabled us to make a permanent residence for Him, a dwelling place where we never have to be separated from His love. After the resurrection of Christ, all of humanity was given and continues to be given opportunity for the indwelling of His Spirit, where we create a home for His presence. He is the hope, friendship, and love we long for, our great confidence, and through this everlasting faith we are justified and remain in Him. “So you must remain in life-union with me, for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine. “I am the sprouting vine and you’re my branches. As you live in union with me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you—but when you live separated from me you are powerless. If a person is separated from me, he is discarded; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire to be burned. But if you live in life-union with me and if my words live powerfully within you—then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father! “I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts.” John 15:4-9 TPT.
As the days grow darker, and testing increases, I pray your faith is strengthened through your union with Christ. Remain in Him, and allow His love to nourish your hearts. If any man be in Christ he is a new creature! Our relationship with Him is transformative from glory to glory, allow Him to love you into that next layer of life. As His love is shed abroad in your heart I pray that you would receive revelation of “works of faith” or “faith in action” is actually abiding IN HIM; and may we all become more awakened than days prior, reflecting His pure and perfect Light. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].” 2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP
“For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God]. Who is the one who is victorious and overcomes the world? It is the one who believes and recognizes the fact that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:4-5 AMP.
I bless you in your victorious journey of faith!