Faith- The # 1 Priority

Mount Pisgah, allow me to ask a series of hypothetical questions:

     If by chance, your life should become more challenging than what it currently is; if your circumstances should escalate; how do you intend to make it?

     If by chance your situation should get worst, before it turns around, how do you intend to get through it?

There is only ONE way that you’re going to be able to survive!! You are going to have to FIGHT!!!

Now Mount Pisgah, there are three possible fights that you can become engaged in:

     1). A Fist Fight- This is when you make a choice to go fisticuffs with an individual that has made you angry. You make up your mind that you’re going to give someone a “blackeye”. You’re ready to throw-down.

     2). A Fault-Finding Fight- Here you decide to point out, or take note of another person’s shortcomings and faults. You are very quick to notice any character or moral flaws. You whisper behind their backs, mentioning all that you see wrong with that particular individual.

     3). A Faith Fight- The bible specifically speaks of this particular fight. This is the type of fight that God says that we should be involved in.

          a). I Timothy 6:12- Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

When you have a situation that has become very stressful and most challenging, you have two options:

a). You can try to “figure it out”. This is when the solution to your problem(s) is all about you. You go by what you see, feel, and think. You go with your best thinking.

b). You can “faith it out”. Here you deliberately and intentionally turn to God. You totally rely on God. You go with God’s best thinking (found in the bible).

     1). Philippians 2:5- Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

When we read, study, and meditate on the bible, we are developing the mind of Christ.

The “Faith Fight” is a specific type of fight. When involved in a “Faith Fight” you exercise faith in three things:

1). God’s Word-

     a). Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

     A Christian must build, and stake his entire life and future, upon the word of God. On what the bible teaches. In order for a person to be able to do this, he/she must KNOW what the bible says. When a Christian doesn’t know the word of God, then they have no other choice but to be led by reason. Again, this would be your best thinking.

     We must get to the point that when opposition comes against us, we say like Jesus said, “It is written!”

2). God’s Faithfulness-

     a). Lamentations 3:22-23- 22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

     Always know and rest assured that God is with you. He is always right by your side. You are never alone. When trouble arises, let God know that you desperately need Him. And God’s  promise to you is that He will be there.

     b). II Chronicles 20:12- O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

     c). Proverbs 18:24b- “…..there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

3). God’s Promises-

     There is a HUGE difference between “knowing” God’s word and “believing” it. Christians are not referred to as “knowers”, but “believers”.

     The bible is not full of clichés,… its full of promises!!!! In order to win this “Faith Fight”, a person must move from simply “knowing” about the promises, to “believing” the promises.

How is a person supposed to accomplish this? We must believe every promise of God…. “by faith”! We must move beyond what we see, feel, or think.

We’re in a “Faith Fight”. And God’s promises are connected to your faith. They work together. In order for you to see God’s promise come true in your life, you must have faith in what He has promised in His word.

This reminds me of the story of an old hillbilly that came to church one day. He was sitting in the congregation, and the sanctuary was quite hot. He then noticed an usher go to the wall and turn/adjust the thermostat; and all of a sudden, the church became cool. He said to himself, “I must get one of those!”

After the services, he approached the usher and asked where could he purchase one (a thermostat). The usher informed him that he would need to go to the local hardware store. So, he went and bought a thermostat, and put it on his wall in the log cabin. Since it was hot that day,  he turned the thermostat dial, like he had seen the church usher do. But nothing happened!!!!!

The reason he felt no cool air, was because his/the thermostat, was not connected to an air conditioner unit.

PRACTICAL POINT: God’s promises are “connected” to your faith.That is why the writer of Hebrews had these words to say:

     a). Hebrews 11:6- 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.