Every once in a while there will be a headline that broadcasts the news of a famous Christian who has walked away from their faith.
And I wonder if that isn’t a major goal of the enemy of our souls. Famous or not the enemy wants people to doubt and reject their faith in God.
So he taunts and tempts us with messages like…
- “There can’t be a God because a loving God wouldn’t let this to happen to me.”
- “There can’t be a God because – I can’t believe in a God who would allow all of this suffering.”
- “There can’t be a God or people who claimed to follow Him wouldn’t be such hypocrites.”
- “There can’t be a God because __________”
The enemy uses culture, social justice, and politics as a more appealing “religion” than the truth about Jesus.
And the persecution of believers is a real and harsh truth in many places around the world.
So the writer of this letter to the Jewish believers, who were dealing with people being tempted to reject their faith, wrote:
Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.Hebrews 3:12–13
In the face of questions, doubt, discouragement, persecution, and culture . . . we must lift each other up in prayer and stand together so that we might encourage one another to cling to the One who begins and perfects our faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
If we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.Hebrews 3:14
That’s the faith and hope found in the blessing of God’s love.
A Prayer for Faith and Hope When
the Enemy Tempts You to Reject Our Faith in God’s Love
Father, the enemy constantly tempts and taunts us to question Your goodness and doubt Your love. It’s really nothing new . . . he’s been doing it since the Garden. Yet, it’s still hard. But You know that. Your Son withstood a full assault of the enemy’s efforts and still remained perfect and without sin all so He could show us Your love by suffering our punishment. By suffering my punishment.
Please forgive me for allowing myself to listen to the temptings of the world around me. Forgive me for allowing busyness and the louder voices to distract me. Forgive me for failing to keep my eyes on Jesus the One who is my source of hope and life.
Please help me, Father. Empower me with Your Spirit that I might cling to You in faith. Help me fight my spiritual battles equipped with Your Truth, covered by Your righteousness, filled with Your peace, and armed with Your Word. Give me a heart for prayer that I might sit with You and know Your heart. And bless me with a community of faith that stands together on the Good News of Your grace, mercy, and love. A fellowship that holds each other accountable to Your will and makes loving You and living for Your glory the goal of their hearts. I thank you and praise You. And come to You in the name of Jesus. Amen.
When I was a little girl, our pastor made it really clear that it was okay to have questions about God as long as we knew where to take them.
I’m so thankful for His encouragement. Because when I have questions and doubts, I want to know the truth. I don’t want someone’s ideas and opinions. I don’t want to hear from those who have rejected their faith. I want the unchanging everlasting gospel truth.
And I’ve found that in Jesus.
When I look at the men who were closest to Him. Men who were riddled with questions and doubts, who fled when he was arrested and hid when He was crucified. Men who following His resurrection and being filled by His Spirit boldly proclaimed:
“Let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”Acts 2:36
So, I take my questions to God’s Word and I take to heart the words of those who walked with Jesus. And I take my doubts to the Lord in prayer and I trust His Spirit to fill me with faith and hope.
He is the One who helps me fight the enemy.
On today’s note write:
I will run to Jesus when the enemy tempts me to reject my faith.
May God be with you today as you go to Him with Your questions and SEEK His lasting TRUTH.
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