Faith is the anchor of our salvation?
According to the Scripture, Apostle Paul was Timothy’s spiritual father because he led him to Christ. When they separated, Paul knew that Timothy’s faith would be tested and he wrote him the words we find in 2Timothy chapter 3 verses 14 to 17 and he said, “but as for you Timothy, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”. From the above Scriptures I come to realise that discovering God’s will is a daily process of trust
God’s plan ensures every believer can reach his or her maximum potential. He wants His children to live a certain way and make right decisions, so He accepts full responsibility for guiding them. In fact God promises in the book of Psalms, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go”. However, our lifetime isn’t mapped out in an instruction manual to read the day we’re saved. Discovering God’s will is a daily process of trust.
We learn God’s will by reading His Word. Scripture provides a comprehensive guide for any situation. There we find rules and commands that will lead to our success and principles for daily application. The Bible doesn’t detail every possible situation we might face, but its principles equip us to make decisions about any and every circumstance we encounter. Studying God’s Word is the only way for a believer to recognize His will.
We discover God’s will through circumstances. The Lord is actively guiding every incident of our lives to stitch the incongruent “threads” together for our good. Believers must be alert for the moment God reveals His will. Pray every day that He’ll make you sensitive to His ways.
In the Christian community, we often hear the term faith. However, when such a word is used frequently, it can become so familiar that we grow immune to its great depth of meaning. Today let’s consider what faith actually entails.
All people have faith. For example, it takes a measure of confidence to sit down in a kitchen chair without first testing its strength. Yet belief in the fact that furniture will hold our weight is quite different from entrusting our life to almighty God. A wrong judgment concerning the first may result in a physical bruise, whereas the latter determines not only our success in this life but also our eternal destination.
So what, exactly, is a biblical definition of faith? The book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1 tells us that it is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” And we know that it is impossible to please the Lord without faith. In fact, there is nothing we can do that will earn salvation; the only way to heaven is by having confidence in Jesus’ substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross, which paid the penalty we owed for our sin. What’s more, faith is nothing we can create within ourselves; Scripture in Ephesians chapter 2 verses 8 is clear that faith is a gift of God.
Have you accepted the heavenly Father’s gift of faith and embarked on the wonderful journey that He invites you to share with Him? God responds to searching hearts. If you are unclear whether you have trusted your life to Him with full confidence, ask Him to guide you and reveal truth.
The author is a graduate student of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Communications Specialist, and a preacher of the Word of God.