Our Faith Rests on God’s Power (Appetizer - XLM 8/25/11)
4 and my teaching and message were not delivered with skillful words of human wisdom, but with convincing proof of the power of God’s Spirit.
5 Your faith, then, does not rest on human wisdom but on God’s power.
Paul clearly said that our faith rests on God’s power so we must also speak of our faith by God’s wisdom given to us by the Spirit.
If our faith relies or depends on our own wisdom and our own might, we’ll stumble; we’ll fall and we won’t be able to finish the race of faith.
Sadly, many Christians today feel burdened in sustaining their faith, that’s why they feel very depressed whenever they feel coldness. They would even decide to walk away from God. I’ve read many blogs and write-ups containing these kind of sentiments. ”I want to walk away from Christ. I’m sick and tired of living this Christian life”, “I know God would we waiting for me to come back because I have FREE WILL to do so”, “I gave my everything to God, every sacrifice that I can but God seems so far away, I just want to end this.”…These are just some of those. People who think this way might have not understood the real salvation of God, (only by GRACE!not from human and not of human so that no one may boast Ephesians 2:8-9) which is “by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone”. These people might have thought that they played ‘some’ part in their salvation so they think that it would just be also that easy to DECIDE to stray away from God’s hands…to fade out from their faith.
BUT for those who believe in ‘by grace, through faith, in Christ’, the saying of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:10 “He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be faultless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ,” is very true. It’s in God’s hands (our salvation and preservation to the end)..it’s not ours.
With regard to preaching/sharing/evangelism, also many Christians would carry the burden whenever the one whom they have shared the Gospel with did not respond to it. Statements like “I did everything to convince him”, “I did a good strategy to make him say YES”, “After all my hardship and prayer, he didn’t DECIDE to follow Christ”…It’s sad that many Christians neglect that it’s not by our own wisdom that we can share Christ. It is not our mouth that speaks. It is not our mind that works. It is God’s hands at work in us whenever we share. You can go back to the XLM 1 Corinthians 1 (especially in verses 23-24) that God purposely enable some to understand the saving power of Christ which is NONSENSE to some other. There are those whom God has called for which He grants the wisdom through the Spirit. This should be made clear to all Christians (saved by grace through faith).
Pray to God that everytime we share Christ, we won’t be tempted to rely on our own wisdom. Pray that God’s Spirit will enable us to share and preach.
Soli Deo Gloria!