ENEMY’S ATTACK ON FAITH IV
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:5-6
Faith is not a spiritual strategy of receiving things from God; it not a religious strategy of getting God to do things for us, faith is pleasing God.
When a believer’s life style pleases God; the journey of life becomes a most pleasurable adventure. You cannot please God and not experience the best of God on the earth. God has given all things that pertains to life and godliness; He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. II Peter 1:3; Ephesians 1:3. Those things are made manifest in our lives as we walk by faith to please Him on the earth. II Corinthians 5:7.
However, the devil (who is both the enemy of God and of man) will never want man to please God. The devil knows that he cannot fulfil his ministry of stealing, killing and destroying (John 10:10) in the life of any believer that pleases God. The devil went to Jesus Christ and had nothing in Him (John 14:30) because Jesus was always in the business of doing only things that please God. John 8:29.
Therefore, the devil is always in the business of attacking believer’s faith. As long as a believer keeps pleasing God, the believer will continue to have the company of God; and if God be for us nothing can be against us. Romans 8:31. If God be for us, fullness of joy and everlasting pleasures are the natural sequence. Psalm 16:11.
For instance, the devil attacks believer’s faith with doubt. Doubt is having reservation about the truth. The devil could orchestrate activities that could generate feeling of uncertainty in order to challenge the conviction of a believer about the truth received.
After miraculously feeding five thousand men (excluding women and children); Jesus instructed the disciples to cross to the other side in a ship while he dispersed the multitudes and went into a mountain to pray. Matthew 14:15-23. In the fourth watch of the night (Bible scholars said that was between 3.00am and 6.00am), Jesus walked on the sea to catch up with the disciples. He did caught up with them, but they were troubled thinking He was a ghost; He assured them that He was the one but Peter dared to make a request that if He was the one, He should invite him (Peter) to come to Him (Jesus) on the sea; He (Jesus) did and he (Peter did); Peter walked on the sea! Matthew 14:24-29
Very quickly, the devil (in his characteristic manner) organized a raging wind to attack the faith of Peter for doing the naturally impossible (walking on water). Peter gave in to the attack; he submitted to doubt, therefore, he began to sink. Matthew 14:30-31.
The cure to doubt is fixing your eyes, your heart and entire being on Jesus. He is the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2. Those who look unto Him will never see shame. Psalm 34:5. Fixing your eyes on Jesus is fixing your eyes on the word of God; Jesus is the Living Word of God. John 1:1. If you will not let the word of God depart from your eyes; the word will soon become health to your flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22. That means, the word will soon manifest the picture the word paints to you.
Remember, doubt is double-mindedness. Without sounding harsh; it is spiritual schizophrenia. James 1:6-8. It disqualifies believers from receiving from anything from God. It means that when one doubts God or he/she becomes double minded; he/she appears like a mad person in the realm of the spirit. Is that not disgusting? Thank God, we can do without doubt by keeping unbroken focus on Jesus; the Author and the finisher of our faith!
Scriptures for meditation: Matthew 14:23-32; James 1:6-8
Jesus is Lord!