The battlefield is not the only place where valor must manifest itself. To take up your cross and follow Jesus means that one must find the courage to accept the truth, and the truth is that salvation is found through Jesus Christ alone. Returning to the destiny of redemption does not seem like a proposition that should reside in the minority, yet we know that the warrant is out for Satan’s ability to counterfeit. He works through pain, hopelessness, and rejection in order to create multiple, fallacious salvations through the fallen fruits from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The bitter lashes from academia and the lethargic nature of the comfortable culture are asking Christians today, “Why do you have faith in this Jesus you’re always speaking of?”
This question can only be answered if you answer it within your own spirit. The question itself can seem poignant, but it is one that must be asked, answered, and sealed, “Do you trust God with your salvation?” The origin of doubt resonates from a feeling that somehow God might have made a mistake in ensuring that you’re saved (as if one of the angels just happened to forget to copy down your name into the Lamb’s Book of Life). These types of feelings are calcified emotions, and while emotions are part of our makeup, they are a faulty compass. Emotions rip through their own spectrum on a day-to-day basis, and that’s why faith should never be based on emotions.
Faith is courageously believing that God is the God of the Bible and expecting nothing less. Knowing that God cannot deny Himself, Satan can only use fear to attempt distort our faith. Fear is a feeling, and if you follow it, then doubt will begin to spread like a virus. Satan will use the circumstances around you in a ploy to invoke doubt and threaten you with the lie that it’s intellectual immolation to have faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
However, always working within, the Holy Spirit teaches us that we adapt to God rather than adapting our image of Him according to our own dire circumstances. You can question God and ask for all the answers in a convenient bolt of lightning, or you can find the courage to begin living a life guided by the light of the Word.
“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.”
-1 Thessalonians 2:13
There are all too many a number of brilliant people who are drowning in doubt because their sanctuary is found in the mind. For salvation to occur, there must be a plea for renewal rather than a simple awareness that God exists. Even demons know that God exists (James 2:19)! It’s not enough to know in the mind; there must be belief and the obedience that comes with salvation. It all harkens back to having the courage to accept the truth.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” -Romans 10:9
The other uncomfortable half of the truth is that the darkness of our hearts ensures that there is no other hope besides Jesus Christ. Before salvation, every man and woman wants to believe that they can find hope in themselves; that if they just carry on with just a bit more of strength, they can keep it together.
We all want to be our own God, and this stems from the pride and rebellion that flowed from Eden. Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit because they wanted to become like God (Genesis 3:1-6). Courage comes when we seek God in the humility of knowing that you cannot find hope apart from God. To the unsaved, this type of submission is demeaning and humiliating. To the saved, it’s a small price to pay in a war that could not be won alone.
God has faith in you, so why don’t you give your faith to Him? Think of the patience that God exhibits: He works through us by the Holy Spirit despite our insecurities, doubts, willful disobedience, and sluggishness. Yet the light always breaks through the blackness, and we must cling to that. Jesus is the Light of the World, and He has gave us the privilege of shining as well. Don’t spend your time occupying the darkness around you, but rather, live out the hope that has been stored inside you.
“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”-Mark 5:36
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. The great pursuit of his life is to live by the words he writes. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.