to live by faith without denying reality
God's Word says
you are healed by the stripes of Jesus and that He will supply
all your needs, yet you are still experiencing the painful
symptoms in your body and the unpaid bills keep mounting. You
know that you must continue to walk by faith, but you think to
yourself, "I need to talk with my doctor, but how do I tell
him my problems and still be in faith at the same time?" Or
maybe you're thinking, "I need to talk with my creditors,
but how do I tell them my financial situation without sounding
like I'm doubting God's ability to supply all my needs?"
Many Christians find themselves
between faith and the problems. They want to embrace faith, but
find themselves sliding toward the problems of life. Is that you?
I have good news! I'm going to show you how to walk by faith
without sticking your head in the sand-- pretending that you
don't have any problems.
The answer to this dilemma is
found in the story of Abraham. At the age of seventy-five, God
promised him a son, but it took twenty-five years before the
promise came to pass. What did Abraham do during this interim
Romans 4:18-20 tells us:
"Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became
the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, 'So
shall your offspring be.' Without weakening in his faith, he
FACED THE FACT that his body was as good as dead...Yet he did not
waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God..."
I want you to notice that
Abraham did not pretend that he was physically able to procreate.
The Bible says that he "FACED THE FACT" that he was
impotent. He did not pretend to be a young, sex-crazed bachelor.
No! He faced the fact that he was so old that he wasn't
interested in sex anymore. And even if he was interested in sex,
his wife surely wouldn't cooperate, or if she did, she definitely
wouldn't get pregnant.
So how was Abraham going to
walk by faith. First, he faced the facts. Before you know where
you want to go, you must find out where you are. This is the
starting point of faith. This is facing the facts. But you don't
stop here. If you do, then you are in unbelief.
What are facts anyway? I like
to use the word "f-a-c-t" as an acronym for False
Appearance Contradicting Truth.
Many people confuse fact with
truth. They are not the same. Facts can change; truth does not.
Facts relate to situations and circumstances; truth relates to
Jesus prayed and said,
"Thy Word is truth!" God's Word is truth, but a
doctor's report reveals only facts. A bank statement tells you
the facts only, not the truth.
A doctor's diagnosis can change
depending on how the patient responds. If a doctor's diagnosis
can change, then it is not truth but fact. Yet God's Word
continues to say, "By Jesus' stripes, I am healed" (1
Peter 2:24). It will read that way no matter how I feel. It will
read that way today, tomorrow and to the next generation after
us. It will always say that I am healed. That is truth! It never
A bank statement may show a
negative cash flow one month and then show a positive cash flow
the next month. In other words, a bank statement fluctuates
depending on the customers income and outgo. The statement shows
only the facts. Yet God's Word continues to say, "My God
shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by
Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). It will say that today as
well as tomorrow. I can count on this scripture never changing.
Men's opinion may change, but God's Word endures forever.
This is what Paul meant in
Romans 3:4, "Let God be true, and every man a liar."
God's promises are permanent and reliable.
Can you see the difference
between fact and truth?
THE GOOD FIGHT
1 Timothy 6:12 says to fight
the good fight of faith. If living by faith was easy and the
results instant, then there would be no need to fight the good
fight of faith. Doubt, fear and unbelief are great adversaries to
faith. They usually get stronger when the answer takes longer.
How do you fight the good fight
of faith during long delays in God's fulfillment of His promises?
It's easy to live by faith when God answers quickly. But what
happens when the answer is taking a long time in coming? Do you
give up? Of course not! But what do you do in the meantime?
The answer is right here in 1
Timothy 6:12: "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold
of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your
good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
And Paul reminds us of Christ'
example in fighting the good fight of faith: "Christ Jesus,
who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good
confession" (v. 13).
Finally Paul exhorts us to
"keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing
of our Lord Jesus Christ" (v. 14). What command are we to
keep? The command to fight the good fight of faith. And how do we
fight the good fight of faith? Simple, by maintaining our good
confession of faith.
You see, the adversaries to
your faith want to control your tongue. The adversaries want you
speak doubt, fear and unbelief. They want you to make a bad
A bad confession is based on
the troubles and problems that you are going through. Isn't that
what you are tempted to do when you are surrounded by trouble?
You want to complain! You want to blame! You want to scream! But
you know that God has promised to come through and get you out of
the pit you're in! Just hold on! Keep confessing God's Word! It
will come to pass if you don't give up!
You say, "If I kept
confessing that I'm healed and prosperous even though the facts
say different, then wouldn't I be lying?" How can you lie by
saying the truth? God's Word is truth. In fact, it is the highest
form of reality.
CONFESSION IS NOT LYING
Let me show you how Christ
maintained his good confession, even though the facts said
Jesus was being tried in court
by Pontius Pilate. Trying to get Jesus to respond, Pilate said,
"You are a king, then!"
Jesus answered, "You are
right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born,
and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.
Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
Let me ask you a question.
Christ spoke the truth by declaring Himself to be king. Yet,
factually his enemies could have argued with him saying, "If
you are king, why are you being tried? If you are king, where is
your throne? If you are really king, why don't you rule?"
The point I'm bringing is this:
Christ did not look like a king, but in the heavenly places He
was king. And in time, His kingdom would be manifested to the
world. After two thousand years, over a billion people on this
earth today claim that Jesus is their king, and more people every
day are coming to realize this.
But how many people today claim
that Pilate or Ceasar is their king? None. You see, the fact was
clear, Ceasar was king, but the truth is Jesus is king. Truth
won. Facts lost.
Jesus made the good confession
as to who He was, even though it did not look factual. But facts
changed. Now more people claim to follow Christ than anyone who
has ever lived. Christ' confession changed the world.
He is our pattern. We, too, can
make our confession as to who we really are--new creatures,
righteous, saints, healed, prosperous, wise, victorious, world
overcomers--and by doing this, we can change our own individual
We don't deny the facts, we
simply believe that the facts will change and truth will prevail.
And because we know the power of God's Word, we can face the
facts and say, "Yes, the facts are that I'm feeling sick and
my bills are piling up, yet the truth is, I'm healed and
When we know that God's Word
will prevail, we can go to the doctor and ask him for the facts.
We can talk with are creditors and tell them the facts. But in
all this, we know deep within our hearts what the truth really
is. It is only a matter of time before the truth wins and the
My concern is for Christian
people who are terrified of the facts. Consequently, they refuse
to go to the doctor, claiming that they are healed, when in
reality they are scared of finding out the facts--perhaps they
have cancer or some incurable disease. Or they refuse to adjust
their financial lifestyle claiming they God will supply their
need, but really they want God to supply their greed.
You see, when it dawns on you
that facts are going to change, yet God's Word is not, then you
can face the facts with God's Word knowing that God's Word will
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