Thankful for Faith



Thankful for Faith

Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7

In what or whom have you put your faith?

Does it sound strange to thank God for faith? Isn’t that what we do?

Normally, we think about putting trust or faith in something and it’s something we decide to do. You may trust a good friend, your parents, a mentor, or your spouse, but that trust is something you choose to do.

Why would we thank God for faith?

The Bible tells us that faith in God is different from the faith or trust we may put in someone else. For everyone else, our trust is a choice. However, when it comes to God, the Bible tells us God gives us that faith.

As Jesus told Peter after Peter confessed Jesus was the Son of God:

Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” –  Matthew 16:17

Or as we are told in Ephesians:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

So, yes, we can be thankful to God for our faith because our faith is not of ourselves. It is a gift of God.

The Peace of the Gift
This gift has a significant effect on our lives. If you are like me, there are days when you feel like your faith is rock solid and days when your faith feels less secure than the shifting sands of the shore. You may look at your life right now and think back to a time when you committed your life to the Lord and think, “Did I really mean it?”

Or you may wonder, “Am I constantly slipping between having saving faith and being condemned?”

When the devil brings these thoughts to mind, tell him that it was God who called you and created faith in your heart and that nothing can separate you from the love you have in Christ Jesus.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-29

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving me faith. Thank You for holding me in that faith. Continue to hold me in the faith until Christ’s return.

Amen.

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Kurt

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