I was thinking about people of faith the other day. I was reminiscing about the atmosphere in the church when I was first born again. Back in those days, the word of faith was taught everywhere…at least every place I was. I heard faith, faith, and more faith. Back then I had what most of my family called a crazy faith.
If I shared with you some of the things God did for me when I first starting walking with Him, you probably wouldn’t believe it. That’s just where my faith was, and it was an awesome place to walk.
After walking with the Lord, hearing different teachings, and watching different ‘moves of God’ I still have a solid faith, however, some days I miss my crazy faith.
How do you go from crazy faith to simply a solid faith? I can only speak for myself, but for me, it was seasons of disappointment and loss. Also, it seems to me that in the past several years there has been less teaching on faith and more teachings on the supernatural.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the supernatural acts of God as much as the next person, however, I am finding less and less people of strong faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. If we are going to walk in crazy faith, we must feed ourselves the Word of God to keep our faith at such a level.
Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; For he is faithful that promised.”
Of course, this scripture is talking about what we say, however, it caused me to think about different professions. If someone is a policeman and they see a crime taking place, it doesn’t really matter if they are on duty or not, they will normally do whatever is necessary to stop that crime. It is their profession; it is on the inside of them, it’s their first instinct.
The same with a doctor. If he finds himself enjoying dinner on a quiet night off work and the man a few tables down collapses, he doesn’t just sit there and continue eating. No, his first instinct is to help the man – he is a doctor, it is on the inside of him.
I could go on and on but the point I am trying to make is this; if you are a faith person, as most of us say we are, what is your first instinct when a challenge comes before you? What is on the inside of you?
What is your first instinct when you get a bill you can’t pay? What is your first instinct when your child does something that shocks you? What is your first instinct when someone is rude to you in a store? What is your first instinct when you hear a bad report? What is your first instinct? Is it faith or fear?
A faith person would say, “we may not be able to see what God is doing, but we are confident that he is working on our behalf.” A faith person would respond with faith in God and His Word and not in react in fear of the situation.
The bible says, without faith it is impossible to please God. That truth remains today. If we are going to walk in a way that is pleasing to God, we must be people of faith. Our instinct must be one of faith.
Let’s look again at Hebrews 10:23. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; For he is faithful that promised.
Our profession should a faith that doesn’t waver.
Profession is of course, defined as a paid occupation – BUT – it is also defined as; an act of declaring that one has a particular feeling or quality, especially when this is not the case: declaration, affirmation, statement, announcement, and proclamation.
So then, we could say, “Let us hold fast to (the profession of our faith) by declaring, announcing and proclaiming God’s word ESPECIALLY when this doesn’t appear to be the case.” Isn’t that awesome!
My friend, whatever you are going through today, whatever the situation may be, hold fast to the profession of your faith. Continue to declare the unfailing Word of God, in the very midst of your challenge, in the face of the enemy, keep professing Gods Word. It will not fail you. We have His Word on it.