Is our faith enough to save us?
Earlier this month a beloved Pastor named Jarrid Wilson took his own life. He was a Pastor of a Harvest Christian Fellowship and founder of Anthem of Hope Ministries, a ministry to help those who struggled with depression and suicide. He brought many to know Jesus and was an accomplished author of a few books, “Love is Oxygen,” “Jesus Swagger,” and “Wondrous Pursuit.”
As a Pastor and Man of God we think how can this happen? It goes to show struggles are real and even godly people aren’t exempt. How is it a man who walked with God so closely, spread His good news, helped hundreds with depression and brought many to Christ take his own life?
Jarrid Wilson’s situation asks deeper questions.
Did Jarrid not have enough faith?
If His faith didn’t save him, then what’s the point of having faith?
So many people in the Bible can ask the same question.
Did Daniel’s faith save him from being thrown in the lion’s den? No
Did Shadrack, Meschack, and Abendago’s faith save them from being thrown in the fiery furnace? No
Did the Israelites’ faith save them from being attacked by the Egyptians? No
Did Jesus’ faith prevent him from being crucified on the cross? No
You may be thinking, then what is the point in having faith if it doesn’t keep me safe?
Samaritan’s Purse put out a movie a couple of years ago called ‘Facing the Darkness’ which was a documentary of the Ebola crisis outbreak. Dr. Brantly the doctor and first American to contract the Ebola virus, said something so profound. He said, “Faith is not something that makes you safe. My faith did not save me but got me through it. My Faith actually brought me to the Ebola crisis.”
These examples of faith did not PREVENT them from being put in scary, dangerous circumstances. Standing firm in their faith DID PROTECT them and allow for God’s greater plan to happen.
If Daniel didn’t have faith we would have never seen GOD’S POWER to shut the mouths of lions.
If Shadrack, Meshack and Abendago didn’t have faith we would had never seen GOD’S POWER protect them from being burned in the fiery furnace and how God was with them.
If the Israelites didn’t have faith we would have never seen GOD’S POWER to part the Red Sea providing a way out from their enemies.
If Jesus refused to put his trust in His Father’s hands, we would have missed out on the greatest plan that ever existed—OUR ETERNAL SALVATION.
Each example of faith, including Dr. Brantly’s brought them to the heart of a crisis where their lives were at stake. Through each act of faith, we were able to see how trusting in God’s plan moves mountains and makes the impossible, possible.
How big is your faith?
Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
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Our faith allows God’s greater plan to play out. Our faith does not save us, but God’s grace does.
Our faith will not SAVE us from our bad circumstances or GUARANTEE us a life without struggles. Our FAITH will not prevent us from being thrown into a pit of lions, a fiery furnace, being attacked by our enemies or contracting a deadly disease. Having faith does not exempt us from harsh realities of this world.
Our faith DOES allow God to be in control and puts the trust in HIS capabilities. Our faith is the very thing that will get us through to the other side and live in the abundant blessings God has to offer. It doesn’t matter what circumstances we are up against, when we have faith we become OVERCOMERS in Christ. Our faith allows us to experience PEACE in the storms and JOY in our struggles because of what God has already gone ahead of us and done.
Where will you allow your faith to take you?
Our faith may lead us into scary, dangerous places. Be encouraged……..
God’s grace and love are greater and bigger than anything in this world.
1 John 4:4 “ You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
How has your faith protected you in your hard circumstances?
Friends, suicide is never the answer. If you are having suicidal thoughts please reach out and ask for help, call a friend. Please know your life matters, you are worthy and valuable.
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