Are you grounded in your faith? No matter what happens in our lives, we have eternal hope as the anchor of our soul. No matter how things are shaking around us, our life is hidden with Christ in God. He is our Defense, Refuge, Stronghold, Rock, Fortress, and our Deliverer. Our relationship with Him is founded in faith, maintained in faith, and we will cross over the finish line through faith.
Our faith is not in something, but in Someone. Mark 11:22 says to have faith in God. In and of ourselves, we are weak, and absolutely ineffective to fight the wiles of the devil. We have to fight through faith in God’s ability. He is All Powerful. I love to think about this attribute. It means that no one, nor anything has any power. He has it all! When our faith is in Him, we are standing in Him who is Immovable, Unchanging, Unshakeable, and Impenetrable.
Throughout history, many ships have capsized and sank because they ran into a hidden reef. The unsinkable Titanic sank. Why? It ran into a hidden iceberg. We cannot take our faith for granted. We cannot sail in the troubled waters of sin’s temptations and think we can float by unscathed. 1 Corinthians 10:12 says, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”
The stolen waters of sin are sweet in the moment, but it is poison that can destroy your faith. It is good to review how James wrote about the progression of temptations. Anyone can fall prey. It all depends on what we do with the ‘thought’ of the temptation. James 1:14-15 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
Verse 16 says, “Do not be deceived…” Hebrews 3:13 says that our hearts can be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. So what do we do? 2 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves…” Hidden reefs are deceiving.
Proverbs 2 is a great chapter about wisdom’s protection. Where do we get wisdom that will keep us from hidden sin? We gather it daily, like the children of Israel gathered manna. Jesus used His word to stop the devil’s temptations. Luke 4:4 Amplified says, “…It is written, Man shall not live and be sustained by (on) bread alone but by every word and expression of God.”
Last night I listened to our Sunday night message. I’m quoting my pastor: Faith is the whole body of truth. We demonstrate that we love the Lord through obedience. Paul preached the whole counsel of God. He didn’t leave out anything. When we read God’s word, we need to read it all. As we daily read for understanding, the Holy Spirit will bring conviction to our hidden sin-reefs. We confess them as sin, repent, our fellowship with the Lord is restored, and our faith is strengthened.