FAITH CONTENTION PART II
Believers have born of faith. Every believer has a measure of faith. Romans 12:3. Faith contention is not limited to acquisition of faith; it extends to engaging faith to obtain good report. Hebrews 11:1-2.
Faith is conceived in the heart. Romans 10:9-10. Thought is crucial to the workings of faith. There is what is called thoughts of faith. Thoughts of faith refer to what goes on inside man that is in alignment with the word of faith. What we think must be in alignment with what we desire; what we think must agree with what is written. Thoughts outside the word of God can never be thoughts of faith. Any thought that is not of faith is not just unproductive in the school of faith; it could be disastrous. The Bible says:
“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” – Romans 14:23
Whatsoever (including thoughts) that is not of faith is sin! That is both strong and dangerous. Fear, anxiety and worry all take place within. Brethren, we need to earnestly contend with whatsoever goes on within that is not in alignment with the word of God. It is a serious battle within. Until we win the war within, winning the war without may remain a mirage. The battle within is a serious issue because it is ever ongoing. The Bible says:
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” – II Corinthians 10:3-5
Friends, this is why it is important to train the mind. An untrained mind will definitely become a dumping ground for all kind of “junk” thoughts and “vile” imaginations. The good news is that the source of faith is also the platform for training our minds – The word of God. The Bible says:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” – Romans 12:1-3
The closer we are to the word of God the more renewed our minds become. The word of God does not only feed our spirit. Luke 4:4. The word of God also renews our mind. Rather than pugging the ear with earphone listening to what the Bible calls “songs of fools” (Eccle. 7:5), let us listen to the word of God at every available opportunity. I don’t mean to be rude; any song that is not praising God is not worth listening to by believers.
Thought of faith is not automatic because one is a believer. It is not a gift and it does not come with calling; it is consciously cultivated. The more we become grounded in the thought of faith, the more we are free from fear of the unknown, fear of tomorrow, anxiety and worry.
Thoughts of faith keeps us winning the battle within. Ephesians 6:16. If we can win within, the victory will surely manifest for all to see without.
Action point: Limit your exposure to the world consciously. Rather than staying on social media all day, stay on the word of God. As we behold Him, we are changed to look like Him. II Corinthians 3:18.
You will not fail!
Scriptures for meditation: Philippians 4:8; I Timothy 6:12
Jesus is Lord!