Practical Christionics

This is a follow on to the last discussion, "Control Freaks" in Heaven. We hinted loudly in that discussion at the interference that materialism runs against FAITH. When we put our trust in "things" instead of trusting the Lord, we run a real risk of losing our FAITH. This loss may be so great that we could become FAITH-EMPTY physically and spiritually.

While Jesus was on earth, he talked about FAITH in degrees: "little FAITH" (Matthew 6:25-30-34),  "FAITH like a mustard seed" (Matthew 17:14-20-21), and  "have FAITH" (Matthew 21:18-21-22) for example. Physically, when we are faced with what we think are huge problems, we instinctively turn to God and use words like "only God can solve this" or "God will have to provide food, water or whatever". We have FAITH that God can provide.
Spiritually, we are little aware of the Satanic influences trying to take away our FAITH. When Jesus foretold that Peter would deny Jesus (Luke 22:31-32), Jesus said “Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to have you apostles for himself. He wants to separate you from me as a farmer separates wheat from husks. Then Jesus adds, "But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your FAITH will not fail. So when you recover, strengthen the other disciples.” Is Jesus saying, a disciple (or believers) can become FAITH-EMPTY? Apparently, when you become FAITH-EMPTY, you become separated from Jesus and God the Father.

Satan uses "things" to reduce a person's FAITH in God until the man becomes completely separated from Jesus and God. When all of mankind thinks they have become self-sufficient, the whole earth becomes FAITH-EMPTY. Perhaps this is what Jesus was alluding to in a curious parable in Luke 18:1-8 which actually asked the question, "When the Son of Man comes, will he find FAITH on earth?” Now we don't know exactly which "when the Son of Man comes" Jesus is referring to. Is it when He came to earth and became the Son of Man, or perhaps He is referring to our key verse (Revelation 19:11) in the right column: the rider of the white horse is named FAITHFUL(L) and with integrity, he JUDGES and wages war.

It is clear that Jesus is FAITHFUL(L). And we that are called and chosen as believers also must be FAITHFUL(L) So the real question becomes: Where are you in your FAITH? If you are totally dedicated to Jesus Christ, you should be FAITHFUL(L) too. The alternative, as in chapters 17 and 18, is destruction by fire (Revelation 18:8). A sidenote: throughout the scripture references above, there is a constant reference to PRAYER; consider your prayer life. It gives a clue whether you are FAITHFUL(L) or FAITH-EMPTY.