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Is Your Faith Firm?

“…Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm.” Isaiah 7:9

King Ahaz of Judah “trembled with fear” when he heard that Israel and Syria had joined forces to attack Judah. He assessed the situation and knew that he could not win the battle. Judah was doomed. There was no hope in the heart of King Ahaz. This is when God told Ahaz that “the invasion will never happen.” God is more powerful than any force in the universe, let alone on earth. There is no king, ruler, army, or insurgency that can defeat God. 

I don’t know about you, but I often focus on the threatened invasions in my life. They come in the form of temptations, selfish desires, discouragement, and self-doubt to name just a few. When I focus on the invaders alone, I tremble in fear just like Ahaz did of old. But God promises us victory. He does not leave us alone to fight the battles of life. No matter what you or I face, we are not alone. The God of Angel Armies will defeat any foe that comes our way. He only requires one thing from us: faith.

Just as He told Ahaz, He tells us today, “Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm.” In other words, God cannot do what we will not allow. Above all else, God respects our freedom to choose. The Good News is that we only need the faith the size of a mustard seed to move the mountains of sin and invasions from our life. (see Matthew 17:20)  A “firm faith” simply means that I focus on Him rather than my problems and trust His path for my life rather than my own. I don’t even need to open the door to my heart as Jesus knocks, I simply need to whisper, “Come in.” That’s the faith the size of a mustard seed. 

I have a friend who was attacked by a pack of dogs as she was on a long distance training run. The dogs were mauling her as she was flat on her back next to a pile of garbage. She had given up hope of coming out of this situation alive when she saw a car approaching. She picked up an umbrella from the garbage pile and held it up as the car passed. The gentleman in the car noticed the umbrella and realized a person was being attacked. He came back to rescue her. She received expert care and had a full recovery.

God is in the rescue business. Your situation may seem hopeless, you may be under fierce attack, but God is more powerful than anything you are facing. May your faith stand firm and hold up the umbrella in the trash pile next to you. God will do the rest. 


Standing Firm

King Jehoshaphat of Judah was terrified by the news that the surrounding nations had united into one gigantic army to march against his kingdom. So He immediately turned to God for salvation because het knew his army could not prevail. If they were going to be victorious, it would be by God’s power. And so he prayed,  “You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against You!” (2 Chronicles 20:6)

As the enemy army approached,  the kingdom of Judah was helpless and afraid. This is when God spoke, “Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (v. 15) 

There are times when life overwhelms us. Death, failure, attacks on our character, an argument with our best friend, betrayal, loss, loneliness, temptations, or one of a hundred other enemies march upon us like the mighty army marching against Judah. Every time we are attacked we have a choice to make: fight or stand firm. Jehoshaphat was told by God to “Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” (v. 17) 

It’s hard to stand firm and let God fight. We don’t even know what that looks like most of the time. Perhaps that is why we try to fight every battle ourselves. When we are hurt by someone, our first instinct is to attack. If we are faced with a temptation, we try to resist. Whenever we fail in life, we ignore it rather than learn from it. When we disagree with a friend, we argue or disengage. The issue comes down to relying on ourselves or trusting in God. Do I really believe in God? Do I believe that He will defend my character? Do I believe that He has the answers to my failures and hurts? Do I believe that He will heal my broken heart? Will I believe His Word or the word of those around me? Jehoshaphat understood how to obtain victory in life when he said, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.” (v. 20) We live by faith. That’s the only way we can stand firm with God rather than fight with our own strength.

What does it look like for you to stand firm today? Will you have faith in God’s will for your life? Will you trust His Word to be authoritative in your life today? Stand firm today! God will fight your battles.

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