If you were drowning and someone threw you a lifeline, would you grab it and hang on for dear life? Of course you would. Faith is the believer’s spiritual lifeline. Grab hold and hang on for the eternal life of your soul. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you,” Isaiah wrote as God spoke the promise. There’s more…
“‘Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.’ But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:38&39). We are saved through faith, and we continue to live our daily Christian life by faith – by believing that God is Who He says He is, and that He does what He promises in His Word He will do.
Faith is the requisite for salvation from sin, and we walk in faith daily in order to make it into heaven for eternity: we live by faith; it’s our lifeline.
Atheists, according to Webster, disbelieve the existence of God; they deny the Being of God. Now the devil believes in God, and people can believe in God without having faith in Him. And it’s Satan’s trick that we might believe in God without having faith that results in salvation and eternal life. One of the enemy’s goals is to make practical atheists out of Christians; for us to become non-believing believers.
Eve was a believer – she walked with God daily! Yet Satan was able to bring her to believe him over believing that God would do what He said He would do. God had warned Adam, and Adam had informed Eve: “In the day you eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, you shall surely die.” But Satan convinced her, “You shall not surely die; you shall be as gods!” And Eve became a non-believing believer. She knew God had said it. She just didn’t believe it.
“This is spiritual warfare – believing the truth from God instead of the lies from the devil whose basic weapon is deception. He lies about God and everything else,” Kevin De Young wrote. Resisting the devil has to do with faith – trusting truth instead of lies.
“Satan attempts to deceive us by twisting God’s Word and sowing seeds of doubt in our minds about God’s faithfulness and goodness to us as His children, doing everything he can to move us from faith and gratitude to unbelief and grumbling”, Robert Morris explains.
We read of Satan’s temping of Jesus in the wilderness: “And when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If You are the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread’” (Matthew 4:1-3). Don’t count on Satan leaving you alone. He went after the Son of God! And he tried on Jesus the same deceitful tactic he used on Eve: “Did God say, when You were baptized last month, that You were His Son? Then why would He bring You out here in the wilderness and leave You to starve? Obviously you can’t trust Your Father – if indeed He is Your Father. Don’t You deserve better treatment than this? Your Father gives less that You could have; less that You should have! Listen to me – I won’t let You starve. Turn these rocks into bread and satisfy Your growly tummy.”
But Satan is a liar and the father of lies – there’s no truth in him. There’s no nourishment in rocks or anything else he offers us. Our hunger is satisfied with God’s righteousness, not Satan’s deceptions. Twisting, editing, and reinterpreting God’s Word so that we will play the “Blame God” game is ever Satan’s attempt on us. He played it on Eve; he attempted it with Jesus; he’ll use it on you and me.
“If the God you serve really loved you,” Nebuchadnezzar intimated to the three Hebrews, “you wouldn’t be in this predicament, but Who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands and out of my furnace?!!” But these men held onto their faith. They remained believers. “Our God IS able to deliver us, but whether He chooses to or not…” They refused to become non-believing believers bowing to Nebuchadnezzar’s idols!
Ann Voskamp wrote, “Satan and this world don’t offer anything that can quench the faith of a heart on fire for God.” Is your heart on fire for God?
Paul penned some questions and answers for us to ponder as believers. Let me print here Romans 8:31-39 so we can feed on this together.
- What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
- He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?
- Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God Who justifies.
- Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also makes intercession for us.
- Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
- As it is written, For Your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
- No! In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us.
- For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
- Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Question # 1: If God be for us, as believers, who can be against us? Lots of “whos” actually…family, friends, enemies, physical problems, economic woes, political pressures…. Any or all of these may attack us and be against us. BUT GOD is for us! And things, situations, or people cannot defeat us while we hold onto the lifeline and remain believers in Him!
He’s already done the “hardest” thing in giving up His Son for us all, so… Question # 2: Will He not also with Christ give us all things we need to live victoriously in Him? Yes, indeed! Without fail! Count on it! Believe! Hang on!
Question # 3: Who will bring charges against us as God’s believers after He has justified us in Christ? Again, lots of “whos”.
- Daniel’s peers in government brought charges against him.
- Jeremiah was accused of treason by the priests and false prophets of Judah.
- Paul had to defend himself against charges brought by the Jews.
- Satan stands accusing believers day and night before the throne of God.
But the charges don’t stick! The accusations and writings against us have been blotted out by Jesus! Hallelujah!
Question # 4: Who condemns us? Again, sadly, lots of “whos” try to condemn believers. Someone or something is constantly trying to take us down. It’s spiritual warfare. And we are in it! Have you heard, “You can’t be a Christian and act like that” or some similar accusation? “Christians are all hypocrites.” Do these condemnations stick to the believer? Oh, thank God He included this verse in His written Word: “There is now no condemnation to them that are in Christ!” Jesus is interceding for us, standing between us and the charges, the condemnation.
The only condemnation that sticks is that of unbelief. Beware becoming a non-believing believer. Don’t listen to the enemy of your soul. Never let go the lifeline of faith.
Question # 5: Who, or what, separates us from God’s love?
- Shall tribulations, your troubles?
- Shall distress or pressures?
- Will persecution?
- Will famine or nakedness – hard times? Really hard times?
- Shall peril? Danger? War? The threat of force? Facing death?
Can these things separate us from God? NO! In all these things we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through HIM Who loves us– through Him, the Invincible, Unconquerable One.
“I am persuaded,” Paul wrote. Are you? Convinced? Persuaded? Believing? Hanging onto the lifeline of faith for eternal life?
Death’s sting is gone, swallowed up in victory.
Life we now live in Christ.
Angels are God’s messengers to assist believers.
Demons can assail but not conquer us.
Neither the here and now, the future, heights, depths – nor any other one or thing can separate the believer from the Father!
No matter what unfolds in your life and mine, God is always good, and we are always loved. Know that when troubles strike, He carries us even then, and especially then. “Let not your heart be troubled; believe.” Grab the lifeline of faith and hang on. It’s for eternal life.
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.” Hebrews 10:35&36
Let’s refuse to be practical atheists – non-believing believers – but let’s live as more than conquerors by our faith in Him Who loves us!